Evaluating / Negotiating Job Offers

Most job seekers feel anxious, embarrassed and uncomfortable when the time comes to discuss salaries. Advice such as “Never bring up the issue of salary; let the interviewer say it first,” rarely helps if you don’t have any idea of how to respond when the topic does come up. Below are some articles that provide basic and in-depth information about salary and benefit negotiation as part of your job search.

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Below are some offer writing samples:

Accepting an Offer

Dear Mr./Ms. _______:

Thank you for your call earlier and letter offering me the position of [job title] with a start date of June 1st. I am delighted to accept your offer, and I look forward to joining the team in [location].

To confirm, you indicated I will be earning an annual salary of [$} per year with a start date of [date] and will be reporting to [supervisor's name]. I will follow up closer to the start date to see what information or materials I may need to bring once I get started. Please let me know if you need any additional information from me in the meantime.

Again, I am excited to be joining [organization name] and starting soon. Thank you for offering me this wonderful opportunity!

Kind Regards,

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Turning Down an Offer

Dear Mr./Ms. __________,

Thank you for your call earlier and sharing with me the great news that I received an offer. The position sounds like a wonderful opportunity, and I strongly believe in the mission-driven work you are doing.

However, after a lot of careful thought and consideration, I have decided to move forward with another opportunity that more closely aligns with my future career goals. This was not an easy decision for me, as I was greatly impressed with your staff, organization and the opportunity. I sincerely appreciate the time you took to interview me and sharing more about the role.

I wish you well in your future endeavors. If I can be of service to you in the future, please let me know. I hope our professional paths will cross again.


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Asking for an Extension

Hello Mr./Ms. ______,

Thank you for offering me the [position title] with [company name]. The opportunity is exciting, and I would enjoy working with [share more about the opportunity].

You requested that I notify you of my final decision by [date], but I am still in the process of wrapping up some outstanding job search conversations. Would you be wiling to let me have until [date] to follow up with you? If given this extension, I can assure you I will be able to make a firm decision.

Thank you for your consideration of my request. I am very interested in this opportunity and would appreciate the additional time if possible.

Kind Regards,

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