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Old Feb 9th 2008, 4:03 am
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Received two job offers yesterday.
One paying $48,000, which frankly isnt affordable.
The other-

$65,000 basic salary
$10,000 relocation allowance
They'll pay for the costs involved in obtaining PR & TWP.
3 weeks holiday
50% of medical
other benefits, which I can chop/change as it suits me.


I'm pretty pleased with that, I have to say.
However, Im concerned at the mortgage multipliers, because property aint cheap in Edmonton.
Would I be greedy if I asked them to increase the salary to $70,000.
Are they expecting me to negotiate?
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Old Feb 9th 2008, 7:04 am
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Originally Posted by jericho
Received two job offers yesterday.
One paying $48,000, which frankly isnt affordable.
The other-

$65,000 basic salary
$10,000 relocation allowance
They'll pay for the costs involved in obtaining PR & TWP.
3 weeks holiday
50% of medical
other benefits, which I can chop/change as it suits me.


I'm pretty pleased with that, I have to say.
However, Im concerned at the mortgage multipliers, because property aint cheap in Edmonton.
Would I be greedy if I asked them to increase the salary to $70,000.
Are they expecting me to negotiate?
I'm sorry to say, I don't think you have much bargaining power. At this point, I feel it's appropriate to be grateful for a job offer that gets you into the country on a temporary work permit or via Alberta's PNP or however it is that you'll be getting in.

I'd be surprised if the company was expecting you to negotiate. Once you're here and you have some of that illusive "Canadian experience" under your belt, you can negotiate -- either with this employer or with another employer.

In fact, that might be a point you could use in your negotiations. You could say that you'll accept the salary now but that, in six months or a year, you'd look forward to a salary review.

See Dave's and Jon's accounts in Job Hunting Success Stories.

Oh yes, I forgot, if you come on a work permit, you'll most likely be tied to that specific employer for the duration of the work permit. However, you can move to another employer after that.

Unfortunately, getting into Canada isn't what it used to be. I personally think this whole work permit thing sucks from the employee's point of view. But, if you really have your heart set on getting into Canada, obviously it's a way of getting your toe in the door a lot quicker than applying for permanent residence via the skilled worker route.

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