Offer Letter/Rejected

So You Were Offered the Job, Now What?

Congratulations! After handwork and dedication of sending out resumes for months you have landed the job! Now, with the job offer letter in your hands you are probably wondering about how to accept the offer letter on the spot. But not too quick! You want to make sure you follow a few steps before you accept the job offer. 


  • Make sure the job offer is in writing. 
  • Look over the written job offer several times to make sure it entails any promises that were possibly made during the interview process; such as promised 2 weeks of paid vacation during your first year. If the job offer does not entail the paid time off, you need to contact the company.
  •  Your offer letter should include your position title, your salary, and any bonuses you may be entitled to, sick time, benefits, vacation time, PTO, and your official start date. 
  • Always check the FINAL offer letter before signing it. Make sure to read every word and sentence on the job offer letter. You do not want to sign an employment contract and then on day 1 be shocked or blind sided by something you signed. 
  • Send thank you letters to every individual you spoke to during the interview process. This will set the foundation for the next several years of your career at your new company. This is a written agreement between you and your employer and it creates a contract that you must uphold to a professional standard.

How to Negotiate Pay

If the salary seems a little on the low side due to your research online on GlassDoor and other career websites you will want to present a counter offer.

You can also do some research for salary standards in your local area by using the following website:


https://www.livecareer.com/salary


By negotiating your final offer you can show the company how decisive and reasonable you are. You will also feel much more confident and feel like you are in control of crafting the job that fits you. 

How to Handle Rejection Email/Letter

You made it to the last stage of the interview or you only had a phone interview and then received a rejection email. What you do with this rejection email is what counts. 


Thank the interviewer always for the time and send a short email that is sweet and short. You want to simply keep the door open for future discussion or future job opportunities. 


Reach out to the interviewer and see why you were dispositoned and why they selected another candidate. Nine times out of ten, you will be told they selected a better qualified candidate. But if you were told that your resume is poorly written, lacking in work experience, or poor interview skills, then you know what to improve on and be ready for next time.