Job seekers everywhere stress over how to write a cover letter. Some dread the task of writing the letter so much that they forego the letter entirely. The cover letter is essential. Not only does it entice the reader to read your resume, it is a sample of your writing. The cover letter must be professional and concise as you make a specific call to action. The final paragraph is where you conclude your message and compel the recipient to read your resume and ultimately interview you for the job.
The ending paragraph of your cover letter should meet these objectives:
1.) Inform that your resume accompanies the cover letter.
2.) Express your interest in the job.
3.) If you are an out-of-area candidate, state if you plan to be in the area or other suggestions to make interviewing easier for the company, such as interviews via Skype for out-of-country opportunities.
4.) Clearly state next steps. You have at least two choices here. You can say that you will make a follow-up call in one week to discuss the opportunity or schedule an interview. (That is the method that is generally more successful.) If you are opposed to making the proactive follow-up call, state that you hope to hear from the company soon to discuss the opportunity.
5.) Include an offer to provide additional information.
6.) Always thank the recipient for their time and consideration.
The closing paragraph is often taken for granted. However, you can see that some strategy is required when writing the perfect ending paragraph. If you feel your cover letter is lacking, consider sending your letter to me at this address for a quick review.
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