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Life Lessons: How to impress any boss

By Nancy Werteen, Anchor / Reporter, NWerteen@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 20 2013 04:46:40 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 20 2013 06:21:50 AM CDT

Life Lessons Impress your boss

Want to gain some extra credit at work? We have ways to show your boss how valuable you are.

With millions of unemployed people around the country, holding down a job has become increasingly more important. While not everyone can have the perfect boss, you can take some simple steps to wow any employer.

First, find out how they prefer to communicate and match their style.

If the boss makes a point to talk shop in person, try to do the same.

If they only want to hear important points, don't give them every minute detail.

Also remember to mind generational differences when it comes to work--they could lead to misunderstandings.

“The young person quite often might come in with their iPod or iPad and want to reference that, but it looks like they’re really just checking their email while they’re talking to you," said Pamela Prince-Eason, WBENC.

Finally, don't bombard your superiors with questions you can easily find answers to. Employers want to see someone who can help carry the load, not pile onto it.

Another subtle way to make yourself stand out? Body language. Fifty-five percent of communications is purely visual, so if you don't look people in the eye or keep your hands in your pockets, it could come off as being insecure or dishonest.

Also, no slouching! People will see others who stand, or sit tall, as confident and assured.