Land the gig: Co-worker confidential

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If you work in an office with the same group of people each day, you're bound to encounter some interesting characters.

Every office has them -- the micro-managing boss, the girl with the smelly lunches (there's always one!), the creepy co-worker and the chatty Cathy.

Dealing with these people on a day-to-day basis can be one of the biggest challenges at work, but with a few tips and tricks up your sleeve, you can conquer social norms and navigate the office with ease ... And if that doesn't work, there's always headphones!

See below for some helpful tricks -- and watch episode 4 of "Land The Gig" above.

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The micro-managing boss

What's the best way to handle a constant nit-picker? After working with one of these personalities for some time, you can begin to anticipate what they're going to worry about and get it done before they ask.

The overly-negative co-worker

There's nothing worse than a Negative Nancy. They can totally kill your productivity and bring down the energy in the workplace. Setting limits with Debbie Downer can help you keep your distance -- and if that doesn't work, talk to your supervisor.

The creepy guy

It's unfortunate, but skeevy co-workers are still a problem outside of the "Mad Men" era. It's a delicate matter, but approach the situation dead-on and tell the perpetrator to back off.

If they still don't get the memo, write down the details of each incident that made you uncomfortable, including dates and times, and tell your supervisor.

The unresponsive emailer

Shooting a quick note doesn't seem like a difficult task, yet some colleagues are totally unresponsive. If you need an answer ASAP, try asking yes or no questions that make it easy for these types to answer quickly. 

You can also propose actions like, "Uh, I'll have to send this to the client on Thursday if I don't hear from you."

The loudest person in the office

How can you get your work done if there's someone loudly chatting nearby? More often than not, the Chatty Cathy doesn't know he or she is bothering others. Kindly telling them to lower their volume should do the trick.

You can even take it up with the whole office if you don't want to single them out.
If all fails, plug in some headphones and call it day!
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