Does closing my cover-letter with salutations or closing phrases like sincerely yours or yours truly make it look like an email? If so, how best to close the letter?

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    Why would using a closing that is only ever used for paper letters, and never used for email, make your cover letter sound like an email? Aug 11, 2019 at 22:30
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    What about "Thank you for your time," or "Thank you for your consideration," ?
    – neubert
    Aug 12, 2019 at 2:50
  • I was always taught to use 'Yours faithfully' in cases where you have not met/do not know the person to whom you are writing the letter.
    – KippleKat
    Aug 12, 2019 at 10:51

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Sincerely, seems like it would be appropriate just about anywhere.

Sincerely yours, or Yours truly definitely do not sound appropriate. You would use those in a personal communication to someone that you're close with/to.

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    You could probably use *Regards, * as well.
    – Neo
    Aug 12, 2019 at 12:40

OK, I started writing letters before email was a thing. "Sincerely" and "Very truly yours" were appropriate ways to end a business letter.

If they make it look like email to you, that's because you have been taught that emails should look like business letters.

Go for it.

  • This is a cover "letter" not an email - you would normally attach two documents here Aug 12, 2019 at 22:00

Assuming you are writing a full cover letter ie a direct pitch as to why you meet their requirements.

The formal way in English is:

"Yours sincerely" when you know the person you are addressing, "Yours faithfully" when you are starting your letter with Dear Sir/Madam, etc

If you mean just a five to ten line email with a word or pdf attachment - you could use the above or Just "Best Regards"

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