would like to welcome our newest online columnist. Karen Tripi, president of Karen Tripi Associates, an executive search firm, will write a monthly column on the job market in the marketing and advertising industries. She has a wealth of experience to share on employment practices, the effect of the Internet on hiring and trends in hiring.

About a month or so ago, we extended a job offer to a candidate. We expected the candidate to say yes, thank you, thank you, thank you and start working. I was shocked when he came back with a counter offer. Counter offer?!? In this economy? I hadn’t seen a counter offer in a year and a half.

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