Job Choices 2012 - Business - (Page 28)
1216 Emerson St. Skokie, IL 60208 March 15, 2012 Mr. George Duvall, Manager Sales and Marketing Division Colonial Properties, Ltd. 1700 Colonial Parkway Williamsburg, VA 23176 Dear Mr. Duvall: Thank you for offering me the position of commercial leasing agent with Colonial Properties. I appreciate your discussing the details of the position with me and giving me time to consider your offer. You have a ﬁne organization and there are many aspects of the position that are very appealing to me. However, I believe it is in our mutual best interests that I decline your kind offer. This has been a difﬁcult decision for me, but I believe it is the appropriate one for my career at this time. I want to thank you for the consideration and courtesy given to me. It was a pleasure meeting you and your ﬁne staff. Sincerely,
In rejecting an offer, you can demonstrate your professionalism:
Acknowledge the offer. Show thoughtful consideration. Express appreciation.
withdrawal letter should express appreciation for the employer’s consideration and courtesy. It may be appropriate to state that your decision to go with another organization was based on having a better person/job ﬁt for this stage in your career. DO NOT say that you obtained a better job. 7. REJECTION LETTER—Employers aren’t the only ones to send rejection letters. Candidates may have to decline employment offers that do not ﬁt their career objectives and interests. Rejecting an employment offer should be done thoughtfully. Indicate that you have
carefully considered the offer and have decided not to accept it. Also, be sure to thank the employer for the offer and for consideration of you as a candidate.
Finally, please remember that you and your situation are unique. Strive to allow your individuality to be expressed through your writing. With a little practice, you will develop lifelong business writing skills that will support and enhance your career. Good luck!
Tips for writing and producing job-search correspondence
To a large extent, securing an appropriate position is a challenge in communicating effectively. Job-search letters should reﬂect sound writing practices and promote your candidacy. You must communicate your value to a prospective employer in an understandable, brief, and positive way. The following guidelines should help you achieve those goals: • Design your letters to be work-centered and employer-centered, not self-centered. Your letters are marketing tools that should address the needs of employers and evoke a desire to learn more about you. • Never delegate responsibility for your job search to anyone else. Do all the writing yourself, and take responsibility for following up with employers. • Always address your letters to a speciﬁc individual with his or her correct title and business address. • Use high-quality stationery and envelopes for your hard copy letters. • Keep the letter to one page. Eliminate extraneous words and avoid rehashing material from your resume. • Produce error-free, clean copy. • Tailor your letters for each situation. Generic, mass-produced letters are ineffective. • Show appreciation to the employer for considering your application, for granting you an interview, and so forth. • Always keep your reader in mind. Make your letters easy to read and attractive. • Be timely. Demonstrate that you know how to do business for yourself and, by implication, for others. • Be honest. Always be able to back up your claims with evidence and speciﬁc examples from your experience.
Job Choices for Business & Liberal Arts Students: 2012
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