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Withdrawing from consideration
Many students are fortunate enough to get several interviews within a short period of time. If you decide to accept an
employment offer from one of your prospects, you have an ethical obligation to inform all the other employers of
your decision and withdraw your application for other positions.
Your letter should express appreciation for the employer’s consideration in granting you an interview. Like all job-search
correspondence, stress the positive. Never say that you have obtained a “better” job. A way to structure this letter might
be:
State your decision and provide a short explanation
Express appreciation for the courtesy shown you
Sample withdrawal letter
Box 10001
Alfred Station, NY 14803
May 17, 2000
Ms. Delores Rugby, Editor
Buffalo Wings Magazine
19 Pearl Street
Buffalo, NY 12345
Dear Ms. Rugby:
I am writing to inform you that I am withdrawing my application for the position of Editorial Assistant for Buffalo Wings
Magazine. Earlier this week, I was offered a position as Editor for a regional sports publication, and after careful
consideration, have decided to accept it. This position provides a good match for my interests and skills at this point in
my career.
I would like to thank you for meeting with me on May 10 to discuss the position. I enjoyed hearing about the creation of
Buffalo Wings and I am looking forward to seeing it in print.
Sincerely,
(signature)
Brian D. Read
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