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7 Ways to Manage Up and Get Ahead in the Media Biz

New Yorkers sure do complain a lot. (And rightly so!) But the last thing you want is to come off as a whiner in the workplace. In the latest Mediabistro feature, workplace experts give tips on the art of “managing up,” or how to better your relationship with your boss.

No. 6: Tell your manager what you need

Managing up doesn’t mean saying yes to every request; that can cause trouble later if you become overwhelmed. “Communicating requires you to be open about your needs rather than assuming your manager understands what’s going on,” said career coach Deborah Howard, president of Guiding Change Consulting. “Learn to say, ‘I’ll be happy to work on this project, and I’m also working on these three other projects, so how would you like me to prioritize them?’”

For more advice, read Managing Up: 7 Ways to Keep the Boss Happy.

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June Ambrose on How to Become a Fashion Stylist

Follow the conversations @juneambrose has with her “style socials” (or Twitter followers to you and me), and one thing becomes clear: people either want to dress like her or be her. So, in the final installment of our Media Beat interview, we got the celebrity stylist and star of VH1′s Styled by June to tell us the biggest mistake aspiring stylists make on the job.

“[A lack of] Osmosis. You know, sometimes, just sitting back and just sucking it all in, you learn so much,” Ambrose said. “When you’re new on the scene, I’ll definitely ask you trick questions just to kinda see where you are. Humility is your best aspect when you’re entering a new area, and I learned that. I would just sit around and just listen.”

But what about fashion courses — are they worth it? And how does a newbie afford the clothes necessary for editorial shoots? Watch the full video to find out.

Part 1: June Ambrose on Styling Diddy, Jay-Z and Hip-Hop’s Most Iconic Videos
Part 2: June Ambrose on Her New VH1 Show, Styled by June
Bonus! Stylist June Ambrose on Her Trademark Turban

Hate Your New Job? You’re Not Alone

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With the recession and layoffs dominating media conversations, it’s easy to forget about the people who are unhappily employed. You know who you are. Your co-worker just got canned, but instead of consoling, you want to scream, “Take me with you!”

Don’t worry, young grasshopper. Even Jay Lauf, publisher and vice president of The Atlantic, has been there.

“I started out in the trade magazine realm for many, many years and was a group publisher at a group of small gift trade magazines,” he told mediabistro.com. “I wanted to take a step out and jumped onto a company that I didn’t investigate very carefully, a privately held company. It wasn’t a great fit for me… after about six months, I realized it was the wrong thing, and it was a hard thing to reconcile.”

So did Lauf stay for the 401K or bounce quicker than Jenny Sanford? Find out in mediabistro.com’s new One Minute Mentor series for AvantGuild members.

Tell us your thoughts. Have you ever taken (or left) a gig only to regret it?