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5. Don't blow off the Christmas party
Don't blow off the Christmas party
Holiday fetes will be scaled back and more intimate this year, says Allison Hemming, president of career consultants The Hired Guns. If you still have one, your boss probably had to fight for it - and may take it personally if you skip it.

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