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Tips and tidbits you can use on the job every day. 
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#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.
#10 DRINK WATER: Drink plenty of water, not coffee, not Red Bull...WATER. A recommended sports or re-usable water bottle at your desk is a great idea for occasional thirst quenching. If you can' make the switch, try your hand at tea. That afternoon crash from the morning coffee is an unpretty thing.
#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.
#12 ASK FOR THE BIGGER PICTURE: Truth is, there’s nothing more uninspiring than doing menial tasks in a vacuum. Like making 500 copies of a single document. Seriously?  It’s just too abstract to feel invested enough in to really hustle.  So ask questions. "When, what, WHY?"  A good boss will give the big picture: "We're trying to sell more Christmas scarves this year," or "Our clients would like us to make trucker hats cool again," or whatever the case may be.  Otherwise, look for the answers that will confer a sense of context and therefore, legitimacy to whatever tasks you're performing.

#13 EAT RIGHT: Attention all eaters. Back away from the fast food! It is not your friend for so many reasons (see also Tip #14).  Eat right when you're on the job. You're going to feel much more energetic which will make you more productive. And how can anyone else compete with you for that promotion when you're energetically kicking butt at your job?
#14 PACK YOUR LUNCH: As a young professional, you are not rich. Your boss and colleagues probably order lunch from Pier 59 French Bistro everyday. But you are NOT them. Even though you see this behavior everyday and can easily get caught up in it, you are NOT making their money and therefore NOT able to splurge on daily food ordering. So suck it up and pack a lunch. You will find yourself in a much better financial situation. And hey, perhaps you'll start a trend.
#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.

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