Review Job Search and Employment Letters

Letters You May Need to Find Work or While on the Job

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Day-to-day business requires several kinds of letters. Blend Images/Hill Street Studios / Getty Images

Correspondence comes into play at several stages during your working life, from job hunting and career exploration to negotiating an offer, accepting employment, and resigning when it is time to move on to the next phase of your career.

Examples and Templates

Most letter templates that you will need can be found here. Need to apply for a job or create a cover letter? How about reject a job offer or accept one?

Samples of letters include writing thank you, appreciation, and congratulation notes, as well as composing a recommendation or rejection letter and a resignation letter. A general letter writing guide can assist you as you write, as far as formatting, layout, spacing, choosing font style and size, salutations, and closings.

Absence Letters

Does your employer require formal notification when you plan to miss work? Employees may need to provide an excuse letter when they miss time from work to interview or for other reasons. These sample excuse letters can be edited to fit your circumstance.

Appreciation Letters

Sending thank you notes to everyone who helps with your career or job search goes a long way. Here are sample appreciation letters and email messages to send to contacts who have provided assistance. You can start with a sample, and then tailor your message to fit your circumstances.

Business Letters

Business correspondence needs to be polished and professionally formatted.

Here is how to write business letters, general business letter format and templates, and employment-related business letter examples.

Congratulation Letters

Do you know someone who has just gotten a promotion or a new job? Take a few minutes to congratulate them. It will be appreciated. Review congratulation letters and email examples to say congratulations for a promotion, a new job, and other employment-related accomplishments.

Cover Letter

It is always a good idea to send a cover letter with your resume when you apply for jobs. Review a variety of cover letter examples, which you can apply to nearly every employment-related scenario. Take the time to tailor your letter to show that you are a strong match for the job.

Employee Letters

Do you need to write to an employee or to your employer? Here are sample employee letters and letters for candidates for employment including reference letters, job offer letters, appreciation, and congratulation letters, plus more.

Follow Up Letter

Are you waiting to hear back about a job? Use these follow-up letters to send after an interview, and to check on the status of a resume or a job application you have submitted.

Job Application Letters

Review sample job application letters and email messages to send when you are applying for jobs. 

Job Offer Letters

What is the best way to accept a job offer or reject a job offer? Review job offer letter samples to fit a variety of circumstances.

Networking Letters

Networking is one of the most effective ways to hunt for a new position. Your connections can help you get hired. Review job search and career networking letters, including referral letters, letters of introduction, and networking outreach letters.

Recommendation Letters

Do you need to write or request a reference for employment? The sample reference and recommendation letters, letter samples for character references, a reference letter template, and a letter asking for a reference will give you a starting point for writing your own letters.

Resignation Letters

Resigning professionally and gracefully, whenever possible, is the best way to leave a job without burning any bridges. Here are letters of resignation for a variety of circumstances, including basic and formal resignation letters, two weeks notice, no notice, short notice, retirement, and farewell letter examples and templates.

Thank You Letters

It is always a good idea to thank everyone you interviewed with, who referred you for a job, and who took the time to assist you. Review these thank you letters for job interviews and career assistance, including how to write a thank you letter, who to thank, how to send your thank you letters, and sample thank you letters and email messages.