3 Tips to Make a Great Impression on Your New Boss

April 20th, 2016

It’s a huge feeling of relief to accept a new job you’re really excited about. Now that you’ve signed your offer letter, bid your former colleagues farewell, and celebrated with family and friends, it’s time to start focusing on this exciting new venture.

Depending on how you felt about your prior manager, getting a fresh start with a new boss may be a welcome change or a tad bittersweet. Either way, adapting to life with your new boss must be a top priority, because the last thing you want is for them regret their hiring decision. Expect the process to be one of trial and error, but with a little time and patience you’ll get right back into your comfort zone.

3 Tips to Make a Great Impression on Your New Boss

Learning to work with a new boss is a major transition for both of you. Follow these three tips to show respect to your new supervisor and make it clear you’re eager to please.

Maintain a Positive Attitude.

The first impression you make on your new boss is entirely up to you, so choose to make it a great one. Not knowing what to expect from your manager is definitely intimidating, but displaying a negative outlook won’t get you anywhere. Put a smile on your face and remain optimistic that the two of you will really hit it off.

Align Your Expectations.

Get on the same page as your boss from day one by requesting a meeting to discuss their expectations. Find out their preferred communication style, the type of matters they want to be consulted on — and those they don’t — how your success in the position will be measured and what you should plan to accomplish during your first few months on the job.

Be Flexible.

No two managers are exactly the same, so you can expect things to be a little different now that you have a new supervisor. Display a willingness to adapt and accept changes as they come, even if they push you out of your comfort zone — and they will. You might feel out of your element for a while, but before long this will become your new normal.

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Are You Taking Compliments Well? Or Overreacting About Someone’s Praises?

February 4th, 2016

If you’re like most people, you work hard each day because you want to be good at your job — not because you’re waiting for someone to compliment your efforts. However, it’s always great to be called out when you’ve exceeded expectations or simply excel in a certain area.

Receiving praise from others is an immediate ego boost. It makes you feel special and provides you with the self-assurance of knowing that other people think you’re talented. While you should definitely feel proud of these kind remarks, it’s also important not to let them go to your head. Don’t let another person’s applauses make you lose sight of who you are and what you want from your career.

How to Gracefully Accept a Compliment

Use these four tips to respond in an elegant manner when someone sings your praises:

Show Gratitude

When someone pays you a compliment, “thank you” is the first thing you should say. This is a simple way to show your sincere appreciation for the kind words. People are never obliged to give you praise, so you should always appreciate it — no matter how accomplished you are.

Take Responsibility

Playing down an achievement and pretending it’s nothing is a common response to praise. If you’re guilty of this, it’s time to stop this reaction immediately! You’re a talented person who should never sell yourself short. Also, rejecting the compliment is insulting to the giver and makes them feel uncomfortable.

Acknowledge Your Team

If your team played a role in the accolades you received, be sure to recognize their efforts. You don’t want to be known as the person who does some of the work and takes all of the credit. Plus, sharing the praise with others makes you appear humble and shows how much you respect your colleagues.

Send the Right Nonverbal Cues

The body language you display when receiving a compliment can send an even stronger message than your words, so be cognizant of that. When thanking someone for their flattering remarks, look them directly in the eyes, uncross your arms and smile. This lets them know that you’re truly grateful for the kind words and really value their opinion.

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Building Workplace Relationships When Employed as a Temporary Employee

May 16th, 2014

Feeling like a bit of an outsider at the office? As a temporary employee, it’s easy to feel like you’re on your own in the office ─ especially when surrounded by permanent employees.

Building relationships at a new company can be a challenge for anyone. However, as a temporary employee this process is often more difficult as people know you’re probably only going to be in the office for a short period of time. It doesn’t have to stay this way though ─ with a little extra effort you can use this time to make a lasting impression and greatly expand your network.

4 to Build Workplace Relationships

Whether you’re hoping to impress your employer into offering you a full-time position, make connections that could help you down the road, or simply want to feel like part of the team, you should always strive to build relationships with your colleagues. Get started by following these four tips:

  1. Be Friendly: Take the initiative to introduce yourself to your co-workers and learn what everyone’s role is on the team. If co-workers invite you out to lunch or to happy hours after work, be sure to take them up on the offer. Spending a little time with your colleagues outside the office is a great way to get to know them.
  2. Blend into the Culture: While you want to find a way to stand out, failing to conform to the company culture isn’t the impression you want to make. Observe the behaviors of your co-workers and do your best to mimic them ─ including everything from how they dress to their work ethic.

  3. Act like a Team Player: Earn respect by making yourself a part of the team. Attend staff meetings, contribute valuable ideas to group discussions, and volunteer to help out if someone needs assistance with a heavy workload. Before long your colleagues may even forget you’re not a permanent member of the team.

  4. Exceed Expectations: People want to be around those who inspire them, so work hard to exceed expectations each day. A strong work ethic is always appreciated, so you’re sure to catch the attention of many people in the company if you continuously submit excellent work.


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4 Tips on Making a Great First Impression

May 9th, 2014

Congratulations! After going through rounds of interviews, the company has decided you’re the best person for the job. Starting a brand new position is exciting, but can also be very nerve-wracking, as you want to fit in with your new peers. It’s important to work hard to display your very best self from the start, to ensure you make a great first impression.

Feeling a little nervous about your first day at your new job? Follow these four tips to make it a success:

  1. Dress to Impress: Whether you like it or not, people make judgments about you according to how you present yourself. Try to remember how most people were dressed when you came in the office to interview for the job ─ then step it up a notch. Plan your outfit the night before, so you’re not left to frantically scramble for something clean and ironed on the big morning.
  2. Arrive Early: You never want to be late for your first day of work, so allow plenty of time to get there. For example, if you think your commute should take 30 minutes, allow yourself an hour. Having a little extra time allows you to relax and focus on the events of the day, instead of becoming stressed if you incur unexpected delays.

  3. Ask Questions: On your first day of work, no one expects you to sit down and know exactly what you’re doing. The more questions you ask, the more engaged and excited you appear to be part of the team. In the beginning, no question is too small or too inane, so ask away now and avoid enduring future confusion because you didn’t question something you were unsure about in the beginning.

  4. Take Notes: The first few weeks on the job are always a lot to take in. When you’re learning so much valuable new information, it’s only natural that you’re going to forget a great deal of it. Taking notes during training allows you to have something to refer to, so you don’t always have to ask your co-workers for reminders.


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Tax Break Saves Wealthiest Americans $100 Billion

February 21st, 2014

Some of America’s wealthiest residents have managed to find a loophole that has saved them millions ─ and in some cases even billions in estate tax payments.

In an attempt to curb U.S. economic inequality, billionaires are required by federal law to pay estate or gift taxes of 40 percent on funds left to their children. For example, 80-year-old billionaire Sheldon Adelson, has legally navigated his way out of paying about $2.8 billion in gift taxes since 2010, by moving the roughly $7.8 billion he’s given to his children in and out of more than 30 trusts.

Adelson is not alone in this tactic. SEC filings reveal that hundreds of major executives have utilized these tax shelters. In fact, Bloomberg reported that Richard Covey, the lawyer who discovered the loophole, estimates his discovery may have cost the federal government more than $100 billion since 2000. This represents approximately one-third of all estate and gift taxes the U.S. has collected in the past 14 years since then.

Is the Estate Tax System Voluntary?
It seems the estate and gift tax has become an optional fee for those impacted by it. The popular tax shelter, called the Walton grantor retained annuity trust or GRAT, makes it easy for the wealthiest people in the country to avoid the tax.

The practice discovered by Covey is one of a few methods that work together to make this tax essentially voluntary.

While meager efforts have been underway by President Obama and other Democratic lawmakers to mend the loophole since 2009, no real progress has been made.

In fact, there’s even a strong argument to do away with the tax all together.

GRATs a Common Estate Planning Practice
GRATs have become a common estate planning practice for America’s wealthiest citizens. JPMorgan Chase & Co. even has a special unit dedicated to processing GRAT paperwork.

Bloomberg reported that both Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has set up a GRAT. Lloyd Blankfien, head of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., has also done so.

It seems unlikely that the GRAT loophole is going away anytime soon. In each of his annual budget plans, President Obama has included a proposal to limit the GRAT practice, but hasn’t made it a pressing issue.

Both the House and the Senate have committees working on comprehensive tax overhaul bills, yet neither has plans to address estate or gift taxes.

Campaign donations is largely believed to be a main reason the issue isn’t pushed. Wealthy donors don’t want the loophole to be eliminated and politicians want to please them.

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