A polite and considerate rejection letter can prevent tremendous damage to your reputation and your ability to interest future employers or associates. Use the enclosed letter and guidelines to inform an organization you will not be accepting its offer, without alienating parties who may later be employers, associates, or customers.
If you follow the suggestions provided, you can show consideration for companies in your field, establishing a tone of mutual respect and laying the foundation for potential future business relationships. Inappropriate behavior, whether by thoughtless letters or ignored offers, will only hurt your career. A well-constructed rejection letter will allow you to maintain your marketplace reputation and pave the way for future ventures and opportunities.
[Job Offer Rejection Letter] [Date] [Your Name] [Address] [City, State, Zip] [Contact Name] [Company Name] [Company Address] [City, State, Zip] Dear [Contact Name] Thank you for your offer of employment with [Company Name]. I enjoyed meeting with you last ____________. I appreciate your willingness to discuss the details of the position with me and the time you’ve given me to consider your offer. It was a difficult decision to make, but [I have decided to pursue other opportunities][I have accepted a position with another company] and cannot accept your offer at this time. [(Optional) I would like to keep our avenues of dialogue open and when circumstances allow, discuss future business ventures.] Thank you again for your consideration. I appreciate all of the courtesy and warmth your office has shown me, and I wish you well in all of your endeavors. Sincerely, [Your Name] Job Offer Rejection Letter 1
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