Should You Ever Accept the First Job Offer?

Paul Levy; Author/Blogger; Former President and CEO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Learning Objectives: At the end of this activity, you will be able to:
  • Discuss possible responses to a job offer that meets your expectations.

Description: You’ve received a job offer that meets your expectations. Now what? Do you accept right away? Seek more money or benefits? Author Paul Levy, former President and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, explores this tricky question and presents two clear paths for job seekers to consider. 

Discussion Questions:
  1. What are the potential benefits to accepting an initial job offer? What are the potential detriments?
  2. Have you ever accepted an initial job offer? Do you regret that decision? Why or why not?
  3. Do you agree with Paul Levy’s closing statement, “If you don’t advocate for yourself, no one else will”? Why or why not?
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