5 Common Mistakes New Hires Make

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April 15, 2008 2:20 PM
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TRAP: STAYING IN THE OFFICE LATE

Burning the midnight oil may seem like an obvious way to get ahead. But late nights typically lead to less sleep and poor eating habits, both of which lead to poor productivity in the long run.
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Tom England
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TRAP: TYPE-A ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Getting it right is important. But don't lose sight of the project's goals with slavish devotion to details. Are you compromising deadlines, overall quality, and the patience of your coworkers with your work style?

TRAP: BEING TOO GOOD AT YOUR JOB

This is particularly true for assistants. What executive wants to lose a supremely talented right hand? Make your boss rethink your role by suggesting ways to improve your tasks. Pitch ideas that don't necessarily fall under your purview as an assistant. Demonstrate ambition beyond the job you have.
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Rich H Legg
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TRAP: RUNNING PERSONAL ERRANDS FOR THE BOSS

It's one thing to fetch the boss a cup of coffee. It's quite another to pick up his laundry. Unless your job description includes errand-running, don't do anything you wouldn't ask a friend to do for you.
Marcin Paśko
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TRAP: WAITING FOR PRAISE FROM THE BOSS

Don't wait for feedback. Solicit it. "What did you think of that project?" "Any suggestions for how I can improve?" Don't wait for raises and promotions, either. Ask for them. You'll always know where you stand by being assertive.