The job offer letter is provided to the candidate you have selected for the position. Most frequently, the candidate and the organization have verbally negotiated the conditions of hire and the job offer letter confirms the verbal agreements.
Generally, the candidate has indicated that he or she will accept the position, under the stated terms, prior to the final drafting of the letter. Do regard the position acceptance as tentative, however, until the offer letter, and the confidentiality agreement, if you use one, are signed.
Sample Job Offer Letter: Mid-career Candidate
The following job offer letter uses standard categories that cover most mid-career positions including manager, engineer, staff accountant, controller, network administrator, supervisor, and HR Generalist.
While the mid-career professional does make an effort to negotiate more working conditions than the early career professional, the negotiation bears little resemblance, generally, to the executive (Director, Vice President, CEO, CFO) negotiation. Executive contracts are often far more lengthy as the agreements reached can cover everything from compensation, moving expenses, and signing bonuses to millions of dollars in severance packages.
The mid-career professional will negotiate frequently for $5-$10,000 additional base salary; three weeks of vacation time; partial or complete relocation expenses; bonus eligibility; the amount of tuition reimbursement available; and a later start date to enable days off between jobs.
I would consult my attorney about any job offer more complicated or more extensive than this sample.
See the Mid-Career Sample Job Offer Letter.