So you’ve been offered the position – congratulations! The first thing to do is to tell the employer you accept and find out when they want you to start. Often this will already have been discussed. Obviously you want to be able to give your current employer at least the standard two-week’s notice. Once those details have been taken care of, sending an acceptance letter to your new employer is a great way to start off the new relationship on the right foot.
First, it shows that you’re professional. Plus, the acceptance letter can be used to re-state the important terms of the position that you’ve been discussing. This can be especially important if you were able to negotiate for additional salary and/or benefits. Your contact at the new employer will most likely be responsible for getting your starting salary and benefits information to the company’s HR or payroll department. Sending a letter covering all your compensation details will reduce the chance that the new employer might make an error and set you up with the wrong salary, for example.
The acceptance letter should be addressed to your contact person at the new employer. It does not need to be long. But make sure the following items are included:
– Thank the employer for the opportunity and express your optimism about joining their team
– Your formal acceptance of the job offer
– Your contact information including your phone number should be in the letter so your contact person can quickly