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To ensure job security, be sure to avoid the 10 common pitfalls on this checklist from Jennifer Star, a New York City corporate recruiter and trainer specializing in administrative-support personnel:

  1. Lie on your job application or resume. Tell the truth from the start, because you will be held responsible for the information you provide — and your employer will check it.
  2. Be indiscreet about your job hunt. If you are in the market for a new job, don’t send resumes from your office computer, which most likely is monitored by IT. Assume your instant messages and e-mails are fair game as well.
  3. Gossip or take lots of personal calls. You never know who is listening, and in cubeland, walls really do have ears. The safest bet? Keep gossip to yourself, and never repeat anything you hear.
  4. Taking too many personal calls can make you look just as bad. Spending much of your work time orchestrating your own personal business, rather than your boss’s affairs, usually results in being given an opportunity to spend all of your time on the phone on personal business — looking for a new job.
  5. Drink at work: One of the quickest ways to be shown the door is drinking too much at lunch and walking into a wall.

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Via: Machine Design.com

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