Are you Managing Your Career?

Are you Managing Your Career?
Remember how you felt at the start, when you were looking for your first job? All you wanted was a toehold, a way in, a chance. But it felt like everyone else had control of your future. I got my first job out of college because I could type. And yes, I was taken aback when the hiring manager later told me the reason she interviewed me. Typing wasn’t supposed to be what got me a job—my BA in Spanish was supposed to be wildly appealing to the Pan American Health Organization! Years later, I ... Read more
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What About You and the Leaders You Meet?

What About You and the Leaders You Meet?
The fact is, when you have a job, you are going to run into bad leaders. Why? Because leadership is difficult. Even for those with natural leadership ability, it is not easy. As the saying goes, “People quit their bosses, not their jobs.” In earlier posts, I wrote about two extremes of leadership: the good and the bad. This post is about you and what you do with the leaders you meet: 1) Be reasonable in your own expectations; but 2) Remove yourself from a bad situation when you can. Don’t ... Read more
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Do You Know a Good Leader When You See One?

Do You Know a Good Leader When You See One?
My earlier post identified leadership as the good, the bad, and you. I wrote about six behaviors typical of bad leaders. While the opposite of my six observations of the bad are a place to start, there will be no getting off easy for me. Here are my top six qualities of good leaders. You work hard to build trust and earn respect. Sure, your team will trust you at the start, and your leadership role comes with some built-in respect. But strong leaders work continuously to prove themselves. ... Read more
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Leadership: The Good, the Bad, and You

Leadership: The Good, the Bad, and You
For simplicity’s sake, we can boil leadership down to: the good, the bad, and you. This is the first of three posts to cover all three. When the topic of leadership comes up, most people think first about “bad bosses” — they skip right over the good, to the bad. So here goes, I’ll use this first post to explore bad leadership. Really, is there anything left to write about bad leadership? I’ve been known to say that every problem within an organization can be tied back to a lack of ... Read more
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Your First Job: What You Want Out Of It

Your First Job: What You Want Out Of It
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 When you’re searching for your first job, you don’t usually concentrate on much beyond the starting salary and general aspects of the work you’ll do everyday. Once you land that first gig, you’ll breathe a sigh of relief and start managing any jitters about the first day. For most people, it takes hindsight ... Read more
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8 Job Hunting Mistakes Made by Recent College Grads (Part 2)

8 Job Hunting Mistakes Made by Recent College Grads (Part 2)
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 Wait, what were we talking about? Oh, yeah, job hunting mistakes. We started this conversation with the first four in part one [LINK to part one post]. Notice I’m skirting around the typical—bad grammar in your cover letter or not sending a thank you note—that stuff is table stakes. Read on for my final four. ... Read more
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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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