Before you accept the job offer…

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At last! You hear the words, “Congratulations, you’ve got the job” after spending weeks looking for a job and going to interviews.

But before you agree and sign the contract, take time to look at everything carefully. Follow these steps before you say yes (or no) to the job:

Get the details of the offer

After giving you the good news, the employer often gives you an offer letter or a contract to look at. This paper will have your pay, benefits, days off, and other job details. If they didn’t give you this paper, ask for it. You can say, “I’m very happy about this news and I can’t wait to see the written offer.” This is a nice way to remind the HR person if they forgot to give it to you. Having all the information written down clearly will help you make a good choice.

Read the job offer carefully before you agree to it. You might want to learn about Employment Standards in Manitoba. Or, you can read What are employment standards? to understand your rights as a worker.

Ask for time to think

It is okay to ask for some time to think about the job offer. Most employers may give you two days to a week to make a decision. If they want an answer right away, it might be a warning sign. It could be a scam. There might also be problems with the job conditions. Don’t let anyone force you to accept a job, even if you really need one. You don’t want to be in a situation you don’t like and didn’t expect.

Speak up

Employers will always ask if you have questions about the job offer. Use this chance to ask about things you don’t understand. Ask about the work you will do, the hours you will work, and what they expect from you. Also, ask about the money you will make and the extra things they offer. Asking questions shows you are serious about the job. Don’t be scared to do it.

Know when to negotiate

As a new person at a job, you might think you should not talk about your work conditions. But, it is important to know your worth. This makes you a better job candidate and a respected worker. Start by learning about the normal pay and benefits for your job. You can look at your Job Profile. You can also talk about your start date, vacation time, working from home, and other benefits. Do this if the employer said they are open to changes. Make a fair request and say it in a polite way.

Be prompt and gracious

Go through these steps before making a decision. Call the company at the agreed date and time. You can either accept the offer kindly, or say no politely. Starting your career in Canada the right way will help you be more successful in the future.
Article updated October 17, 2023.

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Community Resources

Need help with your career? Seek the help of career counsellors from Manitoba Start or the specialists from Success Skills Centre.

You can also ask for advice from career advisors at Manitoba Jobs and Skills Development Centres.

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