Etiquette Tip of the Week: What is required of the newly-hired.

By Callista Gould

Bio: Callista Gould is a certified etiquette instructor and author of the book, The Exceptional Professional, available at Beaverdale Books.

When the last note of Pomp and Circumstance is lost on the wind, the last piece of cake eaten and the last relative has gone home, it’s time for our new class of graduates to start their jobs or internships.

Unless they decided to have one last hurrah and take the summer off to tour another continent or bask on the beach before joining the ranks of the working. (Because nothing impresses a hiring manager in September as, “I took three months off.”)
Here are some tips for the newly hired:

1. Write a thank you note to the person (or persons) who hired you. “What do I need to do that for?” you ask. “I’m already in.” It shows appreciation and confirms they made the right choice.
2. Leave your ear buds at home. Interact with your fellow employees. You might even like some of them.
3. Dress better than you did in college or high school. People treat you better when you dress better.
4. Learn to accept feedback. Don’t argue, just listen. Feedback means someone cares enough about your career to help you improve. If they didn’t care, they wouldn’t say anything.
5. Err on the side of formality. Don’t assume you can call the CEO by his or her first name, unless invited to do so. (Same goes for the CEO’s spouse.)
6. Get involved. Join your organization’s charitable projects, sports teams or special interest groups. It’s a lot easier to promote people that are visible.
7. Your first job may not be your dream job. Learn all you can for as long as you can stand it.

Congratulations, Class of 2018! We’re all very proud of you and what you have accomplished and we can’t wait to see what you do next.
Get it and gift it to the graduates in your life. Or treat yourself to a great read. Find the book, The Exceptional Professional: What You Need to Know to Grow Your Career, is on

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