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Congratulations on being hired! Do the following steps before signing the contract:

Get the offer

Read the offer letter and understand it. A good employer will give this to you right away. Ask for it if it is not given to you. Know the Employment Standards in Manitoba to know your rights and responsibilities in the workplace. Or read “What are employment standards?”

Ask for time to think

Some employers will give you a few days to a week to think it over. If you need more time to decide, ask politely and give a reasonable amount of time. Don’t take too long. Employers who demand an answer right away can be scamming you. Always check the terms of employment. Never be forced into accepting a job even if you need it.

Speak up

Ask questions if the job offer is not clear to you. Know the workload and job expectations. Learn about salary and benefits. Asking questions shows that you take the job seriously.

Know when to negotiate

Don’t be afraid to negotiate even if you are a newcomer. Know your value. Don’t settle for unreasonable work hours or salary.

Before negotiating:

  1. Research. Know the industry standards for salary and benefits. Read the Job Market Report.
  2. Check the terms of the offer. Know your starting date, vacation leaves, and other benefits. Some employers are flexible about some terms depending on your situation.
  3. Make a reasonable appeal. Say it respectfully to the employer.

Be prompt and gracious

Give your decision after going through these steps. Call the company or meet with them. Accept the job graciously if that is your decision. Be respectful if you decide to decline. Starting your career in Canada the right way is the key to more success in the future.

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