8 Job Hunting Mistakes Made by Recent College Grads (Part 1)

8 Job Hunting Mistakes Made by Recent College Grads (Part 1)
Susan T. Evans is the Senior Director for Strategy at mStoner, a marketing and communications firm working with higher education and independent schools. susantevans.com | @susantevans Who doesn’t remember their post-college-graduation job search? It’s a milestone and a time filled with anxiety. It’s the time when you most need professional advice, and the time when you are the least likely to ask for help. It was 33 years ago for me and I’m on my fourth career—in HR, IT, communications and ... Read more
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The B Word

The B Word
When I began my first job out of graduate school I was fortunate to work directly for the CEO of the organization (who also happens to be the co-founder of Start Smart Career Center). We’ve clearly had a positive and valuable working relationship and it was a special connection from day one…which is what led me to make a rookie mistake that took a while to overcome. Due to my close relationship with “The Boss” I found it easy to use her as a fallback. One of my main job responsibilities was ... Read more
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Policy Matters: Family and Sick Leave

Policy Matters: Family and Sick Leave
Policy Matters: Paid Family and Sick Leave The United States trails most countries in terms of the benefits we offer to workers when they need to take time off for family and medical reasons. In fact, we are the only developed country in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave. On January 15th, President Obama made a major announcement that could change that. He is pushing to make changes in family leave programs, starting with federal employees. This move will have significant ... Read more
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Look Before You Leap

Look Before You Leap
The New York Times Upshot just released a map of the United States which illustrates where working women are most common. Both men and women are unemployed in areas with high, concentrated poverty such as Appalachia, the Deep South, and the interior southwest. There are high female employment rates in areas of New England and the upper Midwest. Approximately 70 percent of women ages 25 to 54 are currently employed and that rate has been rising throughout the past few decades. The majority ... Read more
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Take Your Commute From Boring to Brilliant

Take Your Commute From Boring to Brilliant
The average worker in the United States commutes about 25 minutes each way. That’s 50 minutes each day in “planes, trains, and automobiles.” If you’re like me and work in a major metropolitan city, that commuting time can soar to over an hour each way. If you add that time up, it equals a significant amount of sitting, boredom, and possibly frustration and anger at traffic, fellow drivers, and a myriad of things out of your control. I slugged through my travels on the train and in the car ... Read more
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When I’m Part of the Problem

When I’m Part of the Problem
I’ve always been willing to pitch in, do my part, and stay late to get the job done. There haven’t been many jobs I’ve deemed “beneath me” and that means countless hours copying, organizing, collating, stapling, and on and on. I don’t have a lot of patience for complainers and I pride myself on never being accused of such. However, I’ve also learned that being the reliable “doer” puts me at a disadvantage. I can be counted on to do…no matter what that means, and sometimes it means ... Read more
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Self Advocacy is a Required Skill in the Workplace

Self Advocacy is a Required Skill in the Workplace
Sometimes when women stand up for themselves, they are labeled aggressive, or self-centered, even bitchy. As a result, women may be more reluctant than men to take issue with a decision in the workplace that is unfair or that affects them personally. They may want to be seen as a team player or perhaps they are a bit intimidated by an existing old boy’s network and are trying to stay under the radar. Or perhaps they simply are unsure about how and when to speak up.This isn’t a ... Read more
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Don’t Postpone Positive Action

Don’t Postpone Positive Action
When you enter the professional workforce, constantly moving forward is hard work. There is so much new stuff to juggle that it is easy to feel overwhelmed.  Sometimes the desire to simply coast for a week, or month, or year seems attractive, almost seductive. What happens when we find ourselves unmotivated or bogged down in our personal or work lives? Many factors can be roadblocks to success. For example, health issues can sap energy. That cold you can’t kick, that recurrent neck ... Read more
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Be Your Own Cheerleader

Be Your Own Cheerleader
You know the type of day—you get up and have no energy. You can’t find anything you want to wear or anything that you think looks good on you. Your hair doesn’t cooperate and by 8:30 in the morning you know you are going to have a bad day. And thinking that, you probably will. Our personal attitude and the self-talk we engage in are powerful forces—so powerful, in fact, that they can shape our outlook, behavior, and performance inside and outside of the office. We all keep up a ... Read more
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Why Are We Still Fighting for Pay Equity?

Why Are We Still Fighting for Pay Equity?
Bobbi de Córdova-Hanks Bobbi de Córdova-Hanks retired after 25+ years as a professional musician. Since then, she has been a news bureau manager, writer/editor, author and for the past 26 years, the founder of Bosom Buddies, a full-service support, education and advocacy program of the Women’s Center of Jacksonville. My first job in the workforce was in the creative field. I had just graduated from college with a degree in music. My beloved father thought I would starve to death and he said ... Read more
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