Back-in-the-saddle etiquette

With the job market picking up, some people who had lost their jobs are beginning to return to the workplace. Yes, it was tremendously scary and upsetting to lose your job. And as happy as you are to see that paycheck again, it may be a little bit scary to go back to work. Skills may be rusty, and, if you've been used to be home alone, your social skills may also be a little rusty. This is particularly true for people who may not be landing in their old jobs with their old colleagues and familiar routines.

Here are some tips from Barbara Pachter, a business etiquette consultant in Cherry Hill:

Do more than is expected of you. Be helpful to your new colleagues.

Don't keep comparing your old position to your new one. Barbara points out that your new colleagues don't want to hear it. I'd like to add my two cents here as well. It doesn't help you psychologically. You need to take control of the new environment and make it yours.

Know your company's social media guidelines: Don't let all your hard work hustling to get a new job blow up because you posted something stupid on Facebook. Certainly don't complain about your job on Facebook or Twitter.  

Greet people. 

Listen to others. Nothing is more flattering. You'll learn more so that when you do speak up, you'll sound like you know what you are doing.

Don't advertise your inexperience. Try to look capable and sneak your learning in as you go.

Dress appropriately. Look at what the successful people in your new company are wearing and dress like them. 

Take business social situations seriously. Attend, mingle, but don't get drunk. Attending is important, because it establishes you as part of the crew.   

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