Signature For Cover Letters

Cover Letter Closing Examples

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 as professional a manner as possible. 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," “Cheers,” 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/or 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 a 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 always to 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 it easy for your recipients to view your skills, accomplishments, educational background, and work history. 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. 

It’s a wise idea, when conducting a job search, to set up an email account (and accompanying address) dedicated solely to this search. Doing so will help to ensure that you don’t miss emails from potential employers who might be interested in interviewing you. It also will allow you to provide a professional-sounding email address on your resume and cover letter; this email address should be comprised simply of your name (Ex. “John_T._Smith” at gmail.com).

Too often, job candidates use their personal email accounts to apply for jobs, often using “cute” email names such as “Crafty_catlady@yahoo.com” or OrcWarrior100@gmail.com.” This casual practice often raises hiring managers, eyebrows, raising red flags about whether a candidate is a serious, qualified applicant for the job to which they are applying.

It’s better to err on the side of safety and separate your professional and personal email accounts.

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.

Cover letters, whether submitted through email or traditional mail channels, are always the first impression you provide a potential employer. Make sure that this impression is a good one by following the “best practices” outlined in these links so that your cover letter shines.

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

More About Cover Letters

Top 10 Cover Letter Writing Tips
Email Cover Letters
Sample Cover Letters

Cover Letters and Signature Lines
Cover letters are key components of a good, solid job search. While the resume serves the main purpose of getting the interview, the cover letter holds its hand while it's doing its job. A good cover letter is more than a rehash of the same information that appears on the resume. It provides key information that highlights the job seeker's candidacy and brings forth tidbits of information that would be helpful to the hiring manager.

Now days, since resumes are mostly emailed, cover letters are generally copied/pasted into the body of the email to which the resume is attached. If a resume package is to be hand delivered or mailed snail mail, the cover letter is still printed out on matching paper as has been customary in the past. When sending paper copies, make sure to SIGN the cover letter (many people overlook this). When sending via email, make sure you have a good signature line that you insert into all your emails.

Using an automatic signature is a good idea for all your emails. A good signature provides your contact information in case your resume gets corrupted in transmission and the reader has to email you back. Your email signature should include your name, your email address, a telephone number (cell or home), and possibly a brand such as IT Program Manager or Chief Information Officer - just something that puts your goal into the mind of the reader automatically.

You might think that executives who are used to communicating heavily would pay close attention to making sure their contact information is easily obtainable, but we are continually surprised how many highly paid professionals forget this small detail. If someone's email address reads This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and he only signs it JB, I don't know who the person is. If the resume can't be opened for some reason, the recipient won't go to extra trouble to try to contact the sender; hiring managers just don't have time.

So think ahead to your communication package and make sure you have a strong cover letter but also that your email communications are clear and your contact information appears there, too.
 

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