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Here's what the book includes.

Getting Started with Corporate Life

Part One is about the basics everyone should know: employment types, finding a job, interviews, getting hired, your first day, benefits, and the all important paycheck!

Life in the Corporate World

Part Two is all about making the job work, from social outings, corporate events, celebrations big and small, dealing with the work environment, surviving the work day and week, mistakes to avoid, doing your actual job, and even finding out how to screw around without getting caught!

Leaving on Your Terms!

Part Three is all about how it ends, as all good things must. Whether it’s threats to our job, other opportunities, workplace tension, how to exit, or how to tell your employer, this crucial part covers them all!

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Excerpts

Below is a quick sample of the types of tips you'll find inside.

Tip #1: “Always Attend Onsite Events”

Always attend any corporate event by your company, or the client if you’re there, taking place where you work. Skipping it looks anti-social and casts us in a bad light. You don’t have to stay for the whole thing, as you can arrive late, though leaving early is better, and it’s actually better to not stay for every last second because it looks like you’d rather be socializing than working!

Tip #2: “Assume You’re Paying”

Sometimes we get taken to lunch during our first week. Always assume that you’re paying your way because it sometimes sounds like it’s on them when it’s actually not. It can be hard to tell. Discreetly reach for your wallet when the check comes and let them wave you off, then say thanks. It’s less awkward than the reverse.

Tip #3: “It’s Not About the Coffee”

Some coworkers are fond of going to get coffee together and may invite you. Don’t turn down this invite until you’ve accepted several times first, even if you don’t drink the stuff. It’s not about the coffee. It’s about being social. Get a snack or water if you have to, but go. If you refuse from the start, the invites for this and other things will stop. You are rejecting them. Not wise.

About the Author

Randy Zinn

Randy Zinn has worked as a software developer/architect in the Washington D.C. area for over 20 years and encountered an amazing number of characters and issues along the way – so much so that he has not one but two forthcoming memoirs about it. Whether an employee, contractor, or consultant through his own firm, he’s worked in the commercial sector and for NASA, the State Department, the Pentagon, and White House, among others. He brings considerable experience to not just surviving, but thriving in the often tumultuous corporate world, where unwelcome surprises can appear without warning.

He’s been featured/interviewed on numerous websites, including Scott Amyx and Stackify.com.

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