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Tips and tidbits you can use on the job every day. 
In no particular order.

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#5 GREET THE RECEPTIONIST: This is just standard. Even if the person is cranky or mean, always say hello and be sincere. They could potentially hold a lot of information and can even be a source of support. Plus, they're usually the ones that hold and control your calls.  Be nice.

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#7 LEARN YOUR BOSS: If you're working for someone, you've got to learn how they operate. Learn their likes and dislikes. Learn their work habits and preferences. Write it down. For example, if your boss doesn't like to fly a certain airline when you do all their travel. Or if your boss doesn't like to schedule meetings after 5pm. Or if you find that your boss doesn't like to lunch with a particular colleague, write it down. It'll save you in the long run. And you'll be a team member that pays attention.
#6 CREATE YOUR SPACE: Unless you're in a temporary position, make your space yours. Find (or order) post-it notes, pens, highlighter, stapler and a blank notebook or notepad. Arrange your seat ergonomically and move your keyboard and phone according to your dominant hand. Arrange files to a smart system that you will remember. Choose a small drawer for personal items like that emergency mouthwash to swig after lunch. All in all, make sure that your workspace has everything you need and is arranged where you'll be at your utmost productive.
#11 WORK FOR THE BEST: Seek the most important person in the company or, alternatively, the most high-up-ish person in the area you’re most interested in. Aim for landing the job to work closest to them. Assistant, Coordinator, Manager, whatever. This way, you’ll have built-in mentors where it counts.
#9 DON'T TAKE PART IN OFFICE GOSSIP: You shouldn't do this for so many reasons. It's great to make friends, but always maintain your distance with office gossip and nay saying other employees. You never knows who knows who, who's moving where or who's watching you. Also, don't start any gossip by accidentally blabbing about your beer fest weekend that left you so hungover you barely made it to work. In fact, keep all personal details and storytelling to a minimum.  Cause next thing you know, that office gossip is about you.
#3 HAVE A GUILTY PLEASURE: Keep something nice and neat in your work area that you can sneak whenever you need a moment. Whether it's chocolate, some music, a sketchpad, hand lotion or a cookie. Whatever it is, keep it close for those occasional times when you can focus on you for a minute. You'll feel much better.
#16

KEEP A PEN ON YOU:  Always have a pen on you.  I can't tell you how much aggravation this will save.  Find a good pen that has a strong, metal clasp.  Make sure it is always clasped to your shirt or pants pocket.  This will always leave you prepared to right down notes on the fly.  And the most important part, never leave it behind.  This works even better when you've always got a small notepad handy too.

#1 DON'T TAKE THINGS PERSONAL: Remember that your colleagues and bosses are people too. When someone snaps, often it has nothing to do with you. They could be having a bad day, or are under deadline, or had a fight with their spouse that morning. You never know. But, to protect yourself, be like a duck... just let the water roll right off of you. This keeps you still doing your job and them doing theirs.  More importantly, this will grow you into the strong, confident and continuously moving member of the team that they will come to rely on.
 
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