I am writing a letter starting with 'Dear recruiting team,' (multiple recipients, not addressed by name).

Is 'Yours faithfully' the proper valediction for ending this letter?

Edit: It is for a British company.

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    Traditional British usage for a business letter is to use Yours faithfully when writing to an individual whose name you don't know. It depends how formal you intend your letter to be. Do you know some of these people, or is it something like a job application? Commented Apr 30, 2023 at 18:38
  • It is for a job application, none of the recipients are known to me. I intend the letter to be as formal as possible.
    – Olaf
    Commented Apr 30, 2023 at 19:04
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    We had a temp in our legal office who used to start emails to senior judges starting 'Hi Judge' and ending 'Best wishes'. One complained to the manager, and she was told to be more formal. Soon, three other judges called to ask if they had offended her in some way, as she seemed to have grown cold towards them. Commented Apr 30, 2023 at 20:16
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    Those 'rules' such as 'Dear Sir... Yours faithfully'/Dear Mrs Smith...Yours sincerely' are so old-fashioned now in the UK that few recipients will know which is right, and still fewer will care. The content of the letter is the important thing. I have had a look at this UK page How to Address a Letter to a Company and it offers good advice. Commented Apr 30, 2023 at 20:27
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    For some time now letters (snail mail) and emails that I receive have all sorts of closing salutations ranging from "Cheers" to "Yours sincerely" depending on how formal the content is. Hospital appointments - "Yours sincerely". My ISP service desk - "Kind regards" or just "Regards". Friends and family - "Cheers" or just "X". I've never heard of the sincerely / faithfully "rule" and suspect that there is no real justification. Somebody had to make it up even when there was no need. A bit like the discredited "Never end a sentence with a preposition". Commented May 1, 2023 at 11:13

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"Yours faithfully," is entirely formal, correct, and cannot possibly be considered inappropriate.

But don't spend too much time worrying about this. While it is very important that your letter uses correct, standard spelling and grammar, the details of the valediction are not actually very important. "Yours sincerely," "Sincerely, " or just "Yours," are entirely acceptable too.

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