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PROJECT MANAGEMENT JOB SEARCH TIPS FOR QUEBEC
|1. A Career in Project Management in Quebec||2. Integration to the Work Market in Quebec||3. Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resumé||4. Presentation letters (Cover letters)||5. Job Offer||6. Business Directory|
5. JOB OFFER
Once you have been through the selection process and the company has chosen you as the best candidate for the position, you will receive a job offer. This offer is made formally, in written format in a letter signed by the hiring manager, that is, the person that will be your immediate supervisor.
Trick: You can always consult the web site of the “Commission des normes du travail du Québec” if you have any questions concerning the working conditions proposed by your employers.
It is important to understand all the elements that make up a typical job offer letter:
The offer will state your exact position title. You will confirm that it is a position of “project manager”, “project director”, etc.
It is normally one of the first points in the letter. The salary is usually indicated as yearly earnings (gross salary before income tax) but the offer may also indicate the hourly salary.
In Quebec, organizations usually propose a work week of 35 to 40 hours for a full-time position. This information is normally given along with the base salary.
The employer also indicates the number of weeks of vacation that you will have during a year. Typically, Quebec employers offer 3 or 4 weeks. Among the numerous factors that affect this part of the offer, the seniority level is the most important.
There exist several approaches concerning overtime, especially in the project management domain where, as we know, work may be concentrated during certain periods (e.g. at the end of the project where the deliverables are expected). The organization may pay you overtime, may allow you to bank these hours or may simply not pay overtime. This latter option is normally applied to senior positions.
Overtime may be either 2x, 1.5x or 1x your hourly rate, depending on several factors such as seniority, internal company policy or the conditions defined by the union, if applicable.
A job offer letter will not present all the details of the overtime policy, but it will indicate the general aspects of it. Rather, all the details will be presented during the first few days at work, if you accept the offer.
Normally it is indicated whether you will be under probation and for how long. Typically, it is for a period of three months.
The job offer will indicate the date at which you are expected to start working. This date is usually mutually agreed upon between the candidate and the employer but it is essential to include it in the job offer letter. It is normally a Monday and often two to three weeks after the receipt of the offer.
EXPIRATION DATE OF THE OFFER AND REPLY
Typically, the employer will give you a few days to allow you to decide whether you accept or refuse the offer. It is expected that it will be accepted because once an employer submits a job offer, it is a sign that both the candidate and the employer have already agreed on most of the elements of the offer, even if it was an informal agreement during the selection process.
However, if something does not suit you, you can decide to negotiate some of the elements or simply refuse the offer.
To return to negotiations is an important decision. The employer’s reaction may be very positive and open but he can also simply withdraw the offer. Everything is possible and therefore, you must think before taking this decision.
Your acceptance will be confirmed by signing the offer that you will return to the employer. All this communication is normally done via e-mail by using scanned signed documents.
If you enter several selection processes and you receive more than one job offer at the same time or if you receive a job offer from one organization while you are waiting for an answer from a company that interests you more, think twice before making any decision. Accepting an offer and then changing your mind afterward is highly disregarded by the market and may close doors for you in the future.
It is always recommended to keep good relations with the organization, even if you decide to refuse their job offer.
Do not forget that a selection process costs a lot of money to the organization and that employers also consider your time important. No one wants to feel that they are wasting their time during the selection process. Always be professional, transparent and honest with your potential employer.