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How to accept and reject job offers

By Alison Doyle

How to accept a job offer

Even if you have accepted a job over the phone, it's a good idea to write a job acceptance letter to confirm the details of employment and to formally accept the job offer.

Your letter can be brief, but, should include the following:

  • Thanks and appreciation for the opportunity
  • Written acceptance of the job offer
  • The terms and conditions of employment (salary, benefits)
  • Starting date of employment

Address the letter to the person who offered you the position. Include your contact information and phone number, even though it is on file with the employer.

Make sure that your letter is well written and does not contain typos or grammatical errors. Even though you already have been offered the job, you want to make sure all your correspondence is professional.

How to reject a job offer

When you have decided to reject a job offer, you may want to let the employer know in writing that you are declining the offer. Your letter should be polite, brief, and to the point. You don't want to burn bridges and this employer may have a better offer for you down the road. So, don't get into any specifics. Even if the hours are awful, the work environment is terrible or the pay isn't enough to make ends meet, don't mention it.

You should include the following:

  • Thanks and appreciation for the offer
  • Written rejection of the job offer

Address the letter to the person who offered you the position. Include your contact information and phone number, even though it is on file with the employer.

Make sure that your letter is well written and does not contain typos or grammatical errors. Even though you are declining the job, you want to make sure all your correspondence is professional.

Sample Letter Accepting a Job Offer

Address
Address
Address

Date Dear ........

As we discussed on the phone, I am very pleased to accept the position of ..........with ......... Thank you for the opportunity. I am eager to make a positive contribution to the company and to work with everyone on the ........ . team.

As we discussed, my starting salary will be $............. and health and life insurance benefits will be provided after 30 days of employment.

I look forward to starting employment on .......2010. If there is any additional information or paperwork you need prior to then, please let me know.

Again, thank you.

Signature

Sample Job Rejection Letter

Address
Address
Address

Date Dear Mr. ........,

Thank you very much for offering me the position of ....... with ........ It was a difficult decision to make, but, I have accepted a position with another company.

I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to interview me and to share information on the opportunity and your company.

Again, thank you for your consideration.

Signature


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