Thursday, June 16, 2011
Accept a job offer
An acceptance letter provides proof of what you believe to be your terms of employment before you actually begin work.
Although you will often accept a job offer in person, it is a good gesture and a wise practice to formalize it with a letter.
· Begin your acceptance letter by thanking whoever sent you the job offer, and then make it clear that you have decided to accept it.
· Use your acceptance letter to restate the basic terms of employment as you understand them, including hours per week, salary, and benefits.
· Restate what instructions you were given regarding such details as your starting date, work hours, appropriate dress, and where you should park.
· Request clarification in your acceptance letter of any terms of employment that were vague in the interview or that concerned you afterwards.
· Express how much you look forward to filling this new position and mention one or two aspects of the job you will especially enjoy.
· Type your acceptance letter in block or semi-block format, using three or four paragraphs, one page in length, and sign it by hand.
· Make sure your acceptance letter is professional-looking; check it carefully for grammatical mistakes, typographical errors, and misspelled words.
Follow the example of expert writers: Review several of our model acceptance letters before writing.