Before you accept the job offer…

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Finally! You hear the magic words, “Congratulations, you’ve got the job!” after going through weeks (or months) of job searches and interviews. But before saying yes and signing the contract, don’t overlook things that you may regret later. Follow these steps before saying yes (or no) to the job:

Get the details of the offer

A good employer will offer this right away, after giving you the good news. They usually send an offer letter and/or a contract for you to evaluate. But if it is not offered, ask for the contract details to be discussed face-to-face or emailed to you. Read and understand the contract thoroughly before you commit. You may want to know about Employment Standards in Manitoba to know your rights and responsibilities in the workplace. Or go to “What are employment standards?“.

Ask for time to think

It is alright to pause and ask for a reasonable amount of time to evaluate and think things over. It is a red flag when the recruiter demands an answer the very moment the job is offered, without even telling you the terms of your employment. Never be bullied into accepting a job even if you really, really need it.

Speak up

Prospective employers will always ask you if you have questions about the job offer. Take this opportunity to ask about any detail in your contract that you don’t understand. Be very clear on the workload and job expectations, as well as the salary and benefits. Asking questions shows that you take the job seriously, so just ask.

Know when to negotiate

Being a newcomer, you might feel that it is not your place to negotiate. However, putting yourself down is not a good way to begin your career. Knowing your value makes you a stronger candidate and a respected employee. A good starting point is to do research. Know the industry standard in terms of salary and benefits. Explore your Job Profile to know your average salary, description of work, skill requirements and the general outlook for your profession. Negotiations can also include other terms in the offer such as your starting date, vacation leaves, telecommuting arrangement and other benefits, especially if the employer has stated that they offer flexibility in these matters. However, be perfectly certain that you are making a reasonable appeal. It is also important to always be respectful and diplomatic when communicating them.

Be prompt and gracious

Make a decision after going through these steps. Call the company at the agreed upon date and time to give your decision. Accept it graciously, or if you decide to decline, say it in a respectful manner. Starting your career in Canada the right way is the key to more success in the future.

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Community Resources

If you need someone to talk to, seek the counsel of career advisors at Manitoba Jobs and Skills Development Centres all over the province.

You can also ask for advice from the career counsellors of Manitoba Start or the specialists from Success Skills Centre.

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