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4 tips for breaking in a new boss

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Strike the right chord with a new boss by trying these tactics from other experienced administrative pros:

1.  Create a list of questions and set up a time to meet. Neither of you should be tiptoeing around wondering how to work with each other. It will show your new boss that you’re a straight-forward, no-holds-barred assistant. — Lori

2.  Because we teach our bosses how to treat us, I would only offer coffee if my offer began with, “I’m getting some coffee, would you like some?” — Anita

3.  Ask for a “pet peeves” list. “I had a new boss who came in and wrote down his idiosyncrasies, which included hating small paper clips. I was glad he did that instead of just being irritated when he got small clips.” — Jayne

4.  Contact your boss’s former assistant and find out all you can. Says one admin who contacted her predecessor, “She gave me great tips, such as how to organize his email and Outlook Calendar. She also gave me his preferences for out-of-town stays and the type of car he liked to rent.” — Patty

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