- Until you prove to yourself otherwise, always assume there is food stuck between your teeth (and never use your knife or client’s business card to remove it!)
- The first 30 days on a job are the most critical. Show up early and stay late for the first month. And unless you’re very, very sick, don’t call in sick on Mondays and Fridays.
- Pay more attention to what the boss thinks of you than what your co-workers think of you. (Your cubicle mates aren’t handing out raises and promotions.)
- The hardest reality of life: Not everyone will like you. The more successful you are, the fewer “real” friends you will have.
- Be nice to people “below” you. One of them might be your boss someday. In fact, be nice to everyone — waiters, cashiers, bank tellers, mail carriers and receptionists. Not just because it’s the right thing to do but because these people can make your life easier…if they want to.
- Always, always, always R.s.v.p.
- If your job involves opening mail and answering phones, do it well. And cheerfully. A college degree does not mean you are above any task you were hired to do.
- Never send a nasty, email. You’ll spend a lot less time wringing your hands over who might have received your misfired missive and how they will react.
- Energy and enthusiasm on the job will carry you farther than education and cocky self-assurance. Skills, especially at the entry level, can be taught; a great attitude cannot.
- Shower the receptionist with kindness. She sees all, knows all, and reports often about the people who walk through the front door.
Bonus tip: Think long and hard before burning a bridge.
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