What to do when mentors push too hard on a job search

Well-meaning mentors may put too much pressure on job seekers to negotiate when they are offered a new job, writes Gene Fant, vice president for academic administration at Union University, in Jackson, Tenn. Fant recounts the story of a graduate student who was advised to be aggressive in job negotiations, even though she believed it would undermine her prospects. "Candidates must use good judgment in listening to these sorts of suggestions, as too many mentors can end up spoiling the soup," Fant suggests.

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