When writing formal letters in English where there is no named recipient (for example, a job application sent to a Human Resources department, or a letter sent to an organization in general as opposed to an individual), the letter often starts:

To whom it may concern:

When composing formal letters or emails in Spanish, what is the equivalent phrase used when the particular individual who will be receiving the letter is unknown?

  • In mi opinión it would be 'A quien pueda concernir'
    – user13361
    Commented Aug 7, 2016 at 6:08

3 Answers 3


The literal translation is:

A quien corresponda

But it's more used in open letters (to journals for example). There are other formulas, for example:

  • In a job application:

    Al jefe/a (encargado/a) del departamento de Recursos Humanos

    or even:

    A la atención del departamento de Recursos Humanos

  • In a letter to wholesalers/ stores/... :

    A la atención del departamento comercial.

  • More general:

    Apreciado/a Señor/a (lit. Dear Sir or Madam)


One more acceptable form is:

A quien pueda interesar

I've seen this form used on documents issued by government agencies (ie. certificates of some kind)

BTW, Google translates it as A quien pueda interesar

  • 1
    In most cases "a quien pueda interesar" is just a poor literal translation from an English text. Not really used in Spanish (at least in Spain and Argentina)
    – Toulousain
    Commented Jul 12, 2016 at 9:47
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    In Venezuela this is the most common form used. In both personal and official communication.
    – antorqs
    Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 2:44

I am not a native speaker, but the phrase I was taught to use in "to whom it may concern" situations was:

Estimados señores.

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    "Estimados señores" could be the equivalent, I think, to "Dear sir or madam". The OP asked for a different translation. Do you have any resources to support your answer?
    – Charlie
    Commented Oct 31, 2016 at 11:46

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