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Model for Writing a Request for Further Negotiations

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April 25, 2001

Ernie English
1234 Writing Lab Lane
Write City, IN 12345

Dear Mr. English:

A request for further negotiations letter is much like your acceptance or rejection letter. The difference is that the request for further negotiations shows that you would accept the offer contingent on the result of negotiations. To begin the letter, thank the employer for the offer. Then state your wish to discuss things further. You can do this in two ways: a direct request for further negotiations or a conditional statement.

Next, it is important to stress the points of your contract that require further discussion. List them all, so that the company can prepare their responses once instead of in a number of letters such as this. Also, it may be helpful for you to state the reasons for the discussion of each point. This will give the employer a better understanding of your specific needs. Depending on the type and number of points you are discussing, it may be beneficial to format them in a list. This is sometimes an easier way to read and organize the information than paragraph form.

In closing, it may be helpful to suggest that the employer contact you with their initial reactions to your unresolved issues. List your contact information and when you may be reached. Restate your general appreciation for the offer and maintain a sense of goodwill.


Lucy Letter
123 Winner's Road
New Employee Town, PA 12345