Daily Archives: May 7, 2009

Five Things to Do at Your New Job

Today I feel like giving advice again. I’ve made my share of rookie mistakes at my first “real” job. But I’ve also learned certain truths that are important when it comes to succeeding at your job. Here are my tips:

  • Be Nice. Such simple advice, but so important. Say “Please” and “Thank You.” “Sir” and “Ma’am.” Remember your manners. Never underestimate the importance of treating people well. You’d be shocked at how many people (even in an office setting), think screaming and cursing will help them get ahead. It won’t. Plus people will hate you. And it’s harder to get your job done when people hate you.
  • Make Elevator Speeches. If you work in a building with an elevator, or even a bathroom, don’t let people leave without saying “Hi” or initiating conversation. Yeah it’s awkward, but it’s also a great way to meet people who you may end up working closely with. I try to meet one new person a day.

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