What Not to Do When Starting a New

• Don't ever tell anyone you just completed an expensive education at film school so you wouldn't have to do things like run errands and wash coffee cups.

• Don't openly criticize others, the way the project (or company) is being run or decisions that are being made. I once had a PA who, in front of an entire office full of people, declared that the producer had no business treating people so badly. Another show, another PA, upon answering the phone loudly announced, "That (bleep, bleep) writer is on the phone." It's not your place to make those types of comments. You're entitled to your opinions, but they're not to be voiced publicly. If it's imperative that you express such an opinion to someone, talk to your supervisor in private.

• Don't whine ("Do I have to?"), don't roll your eyes and don't groan when asked to do something you don't particularly want to do.

• Don't make excuses. If you've made a mistake, admit the error and offer to fix it. Let your supervisor know the mistake won't happen again.

• Don't complain to anyone but your supervisor (and only in private).

• If you have a problem with the way a co-worker is treating you, don't yell or be rude. Talk to that person in private.

• Don't bad-mouth your supervisor or co-workers. It will come back to bite you in the butt.

• Don't gossip about your supervisor or co-workers.

• Don't display a cocky, know-it-all attitude.

• Don't be argumentative or interrupt others' conversations.

• Don't make your supervisor have to come find you.

• Don't go over your supervisor's head.

• If you don't have an answer, don't say, "I don't know." Say "I'll find out."

• Don't assume—ask. There is no such thing as a dumb question!

• Don't spend time on personal phone calls, unless it's of the utmost urgency.

• Don't ever say, "It's not my job" or "I'm too busy."

• Don't sit or stand around with nothing to do.

• Don't make too many weeknight plans, and don't ask to leave early unless it's an emergency.

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