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

Get the offer

Read the offer letter (or contract) and understand it. Ask for it if this is not given to you. The offer letter contains your salary, benefits, vacation days and other terms of employment. It will help you make a good decision. Say something like “I’m so happy about this news and I can’t wait to know the details of the written offer”. It’s a polite reminder to the HR officer if they forgot to provide it.

Know the Employment Standards in Manitoba or read “What are employment standards?” to know what you’re entitled to as an employee.

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. Employers who demand an answer quickly might be scamming you or hiding conditions to the employment they don’t want you to see. Don’t be forced into accepting a job even if you need it badly. It will prevent you from getting stuck in a job you don’t like.

Speak up

Ask questions if there are terms in the job offer that are confusing. Be clear about the workload, job expectations, salary, and benefits. Asking questions shows that you take the job seriously.

Know when to negotiate

Don’t be afraid to negotiate the salary (or benefits) even if you are a newcomer. Know your value. Unless the exact salary was already on the job ad, you should not settle for one that does not meet industry standards.

Before negotiating:

  1. Research. Know the industry standards for salary and benefits. Check your Job Profile.
  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 request. Say it respectfully.

Be prompt and gracious

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

Article updated September 16, 2020.

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Community Resources

Need help with your career? Talk to career advisors at Manitoba Jobs and Skills Development Centres.

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

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