McComsey Career Development Center
THANK YOU AND NO THANK YOU LETTERS
In the job search process, your written communication is not finished with the resume and cover letter. You will need to
compose letters for a number of other situations surrounding your job search, such as
♦ Showing appreciation for an interview (the thank you letter)
♦ Accepting an employment offer
♦ Withdrawing your application from consideration
♦ Rejecting an employment offer
Each needs to be professionally written and personalized appropriately, and each needs to create a positive impression
with the reader.
General tips for all job-search correspondence letters:
1. Keep your letters personal but professional. Avoid being overly familiar or lapsing into colloquialisms. In most
cases, these letters should be typed.
Say what you mean clearly and simply, without a lot of big words.
Focus on the positive, don’t mention the negative.
Keep the letter to one page, preferably one-half page.
Always address the letter