HR Glossary for HR Professionals
Glossary of the most common HR terms and acronyms to assist professionals navigating the ever-growing and ever-changing world of HR terminology.
What is an Offer Letter?
An offer letter is an informal offer of employment that is typically made to confirm a verbal agreement. They are not meant to be contracts—they simply summarize the employer’s employment offering to its prospective hire.
Do employers have to send offer letters?
When bringing on a new hire, a common practice is to make a verbal job offer and to follow that verbal offer with a written offer letter in order to confirm what was stated over the phone. These offer letters typically include information such as title, compensation, start date, employment status, benefits information, paid leave information, terms of employment (background checks, drug screenings, etc.).
Related Terms: Employment Agreement