Ferguson, a 22-year-old who graduated in December with a bachelor's degree in communications from East Carolina University, began her job search in the summer of 2009, when she worked as a summer intern at Hodges, reports the Huffington Post. After the internship was over, she began a protracted courting ritual: staying in touch with former colleagues through social networks and meeting up with ex-coworkers for lunch or coffee…But when she heard the word "offer," all of the lessons that had been drilled into her during college career fairs--namely, that she could and absolutely should negotiate--went flying out the window…

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