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10. "I hate my job."
We get it—you're trying to forge a common interest. But with this you might inadvertently insult him, seem like a whiner or never bond over any other topics besides your shared work enemies. Save your gripe for the suggestion box. Lemondrop: Ask an HR Rep -- 'I Didn't Get a Raise ... What Next?'
9. "Can you put in a good word with the boss for me?"
If you helped out with something, sure. But if this is your idea of a "favor," you're blurring the line between personal and professional. Best to keep your career development on your own turf.
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Written by Anonymous Guy Writer for Lemondrop.