The term job offer letter refers to a written document sent to a successful candidate by an employer. The job offer letter outlines the terms of employment, including start date, total compensation package, as well as a high-level summary of the company's benefits programs.
Also known simply as a job offer, a job offer letter is used to formally present a successful candidate with an offer of employment. The letter is a concise summary of the information a candidate needs before making a decision to accept a job. For example, the letter will usually contain information such as:
The letter will usually be signed by someone in the company authorized to make offers of employment. Successful candidates are expected to sign the letter as proof they understand the content of the agreement. The letter may also indicate a firm offer of employment is contingent upon the candidate successfully passing a mandatory drug test and the company's background verification or screening processes.
The letter may also be accompanied by other documents the successful candidate will need to sign and return to a company representative such as a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) or non-compete agreement (NCA).