Have you heard the saying “Finish strong”? I bet you have because it is one of those saying that was used over and over to motivate us during our growing up days. However, many people fail to realize it is also applicable when it comes to cover letter writing. Not that I blame them. There’s so much conflicting information out there about whether or not recruiters even scan cover letters, let alone get to the very end of them.
Here at Ngcareers, we’re strong believers in the fact that you should write every cover letter and in fact, every official document as if it’s going to be read from top to bottom. Because if it is—and it likely will be—you’d hate to be rejected because you ended with something along the lines of, “whatever, peace out.”
Apparently that’s an exaggeration (I hope!), but there are ways of ending your cover letter that will mess everything up from the get-go. So, in honor of crafting the ideal cover letter, here are three cover letter endings you should stay away from and what to write instead.
1. “I Will Call Your Office to Schedule an Interview.”
I am clueless as to where this (threatening) advice originated from, but bringing your cover letter to an end like this will not give the impression that you’re a go-getter who takes initiative. It will, on the other hand, make you seem egotistical and possibly delusional. This is just a perfect way f how not to get an interview. You want to end by showing that you’re a pulled-together professional, not a demanding child.
“I welcome the opportunity to speak with you about how I can contribute.”
2. “Through This Position I Hope to Gain a Deeper Understanding Of…”
To the average man, this might sound polite and pulled together, but it still sends the wrong message. The concluding line could be the last thought you leave with the recruiter before he or she decides whether or not to call you in for an interview. Think about it: Do you want it to be focused on what they can do for you or what you can do for them? Put yourself in the shoes of the recruiter and you’ll know it’s the latter.
“I’m excited to offer my expertise in…”
3. “I Don’t Like Writing Cover Letters and You Don’t Like Reading Them…”
Arrrrggh !!! This line rubs off in the wrong way. Again, I refuse to blame people for being frustrated about cover letters. I mean, half the time, you are not sure if they are necessary or not. What else is there to talk about if you’re not supposed to write the same stuff that’s in your CV? I get it. But, oh my goodness it does not mean you should submit something like this. This supposed “straight talk” is definitely one way to get attention, but definitely not the right kind. The job application is where you present your best self—and if this is your best self you can offer, can you blame the hiring manager for passing?
Just don’t say that. Write an actual cover letter. And if you lack the time or know-how, check out our CV/Cover Letter writing service.
You would think sending in a cover letter is better than not sending one in at all, but if you’re just going send in ‘anything’, you’re not doing yourself any favors. In fact, you’re probably wasting your time. So, if you want to reap all those benefits of writing one, make sure you’re giving it your best effort all the way until the end. It’s as easy as the tweaks mentioned above.Cover Letter Closing Lines That Make Recruiters Cringe by Stellamaris Obomanu