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New Job, First Day...

According to surveys, the toughest task for new recruits, particularly younger ones, is striking a balance between confidence and over-assertiveness. The solution is often just common sense -- observe the way things are done, show willingness and be honest about what you know and do not know.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions.
  • Be friendly and enthusiastic, but don't overdo it -- no one likes a know-it-all.
  • Don't be afraid to discuss your skills and career development. Understand what is expected of you and agree on a set of objectives.
  • Treat your boss as an authority figure, but remember it's obvious when you're flattering someone.
  • Be punctual -- an 8:30am meeting means be there ten minutes before, not five minutes after.
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