Cover Letter Closing Examples

Closing a cover letter

When you're writing a cover letter or sending an email message to apply for a job it's important to close your letter in a professional manner. As with any job-related correspondence, it's best to opt for a more formal language and tone — a cover letter is no place for "XOXO" or even a casual "take care" as a closer.

Cover Letter Closing Examples

The following is a list of letter closing examples that are appropriate for cover letters and other employment related correspondence, such as thank you notes, and emails to schedule interviews or pass along references.

  • Sincerely
  • Sincerely yours
  • Regards
  • Best
  • Best regards
  • With best regards
  • Kind regards
  • Yours truly
  • Most sincerely
  • Respectfully
  • Respectfully yours
  • Thank you
  • Thank you for your consideration

Closings Not to Use

A cover letter is formal correspondence, so it's important not to be too casual or friendly when writing it. Here are some letter closings that are fine to use when emailing or writing to a friend, but are not appropriate to use in a cover letter. 

  • Affectionately
  • Best wishes
  • Cheers
  • Eagerly waiting for a response
  • Fondly
  • Warm regards
  • Warmest regards
  • Warmly
  • Take care
  • Take it easy
  • Have a great day
  • Have a nice day
  • Love
  • Smiles
  • XOXO
  • Yours
  • Yours faithfully
  • Abbreviations (Thx or any other abbreviated word isn't appropriate)
  • Any emoticon (no smiley faces)
  • Sent from my phone (if your phone automatically includes it, you can remove it in the settings)

How to Close the Letter

Follow the closing with a comma. Then, on a new line, put your name.

If you're sending an email, you can add your contact information below your name. For example:

Best regards,

Your Name
Your LinkedIn Profile URL
Your Email Address
Your Phone Number

Whichever sign-off you choose, make sure to always capitalize its first letter.

Set Up an Email Signature

To simplify, you can set up an email signature that includes your contact information.

An email signature will make it easy for correspondents to readily see how to get in touch, and saves you the time of typing the information repeatedly.

In your signature, include your LinkedIn profile URL to make seeing your skills, accomplishments, and work history easy. Depending on your field, you may also want to include a link to your Twitter account; if you do so, make sure that your account is professional and appropriate for viewing by potential employers. 

Find out how to set up a professional email signature, including formatting style and links to help you save a signature in your preferred email program.

How to Write a Cover Letter
Having an appropriate close is just one of the many steps required to craft a winning cover letter. Find out how to write a cover letter, including what to include in your cover letter, how to write a cover letter, cover letter format, targeted cover letters, and cover letter samples and examples.

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