by Kaylee Hultgren | August 01, 2007

The transformation from dorm rat to cube dweller can be quite a shock. In his new book No More Ramen: The 20-Something’s Real World Survival Guide (Next Stage Press), life-skills and career coach Nicholas Aretakis offers tips for corporate America’s newbies. They happen to be nice reminders for 30- and 40-somethings as well.

Keep it professional. If you must make or receive personal phone calls, try not to involve the entire office. Take your cell phone to a private area if the call isn’t business-related.

Watch the booze. Just because the company’s paying doesn’t mean it’s OK to get sloshed when entertaining clients or attending business events. “You are a representative of yourself and your company,” says Aretakis. Not to mention, there’s a chance word of your behavior could get back to your boss.

Be dependable. Don’t take on too much work, only to realize you are unable to finish it all. “Especially in business, be honest enough to say what you’re going to do, and be reliable enough to do what you say,” Aretakis advises. It’s the best way to impress your boss and win the respect of your co-workers.