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DO chat up your boss and your boss's boss. If you're at the cafeteria, strike up a conversation. "Executives love to talk about business, and they're often as uneasy talking with you as you are with them," says McIntyre. Be ready with a question, like "I just read about something our competitor's doing. What's your take on that?"

DON'T be eccentric. Now's the time to fit in completely. "Buy some Crest White Strips. Look like you belong there," says career expert Stephen Viscusi. "Don't wear perfume or cologne, because maybe you're wearing the perfume of your boss's ex-wife."

Last updated January 22 2009: 7:02 AM ET
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