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18 Ways to Impress a New Employer

What's Hot:
Yuvraj Singh, Sonia Gandhi, Kevin O'Brien & Hu Jintao

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18 Ways to Impress a New Employer

It can take four to 14 months to find the right job... and fewer than 90 days to lose it. Most professional and managerial dismissals are due to failure to understand and fit into a company's culture.

It is during these first weeks on the job that your boss and colleagues form the most lasting impressions about you. But remember, they don't expect you to be perfect. As long as you show intelligence, versatility and a willingness to work and learn, people will be happy to have you aboard and rooting for you to succeed.

Here are 18 ways to make sure you get off on the right foot:

  1. Take a break. Take a week's break between jobs to clear your head. At the very least, get a good night's sleep before your first day so you'll be at your best.

  2. Check your interview notes. Recall the names and titles of everyone you met and interviewed with so you will be able to greet them and pronounce their names correctly.

  3. Study up. Collect back issues of the company's newsletters, annual reports and press clippings. Check out your competitors' literature, too, to get a better handle on the "big picture.

  4. Work full days. Know where and when to report on day one. Get there 30 minutes early and leave when or after most of your co-workers do. Notice people's schedules and work habits, so that you'll know the optimal times and means to connect with others.

  5. Project positive energy. Look and act as if you're happy to be joining the team.

  6. Look good. All eyes are on you, so pay attention to your grooming. Dress tastefully and slightly above dress code.

  7. Keep a journal. Write down procedures, names of key people and contact numbers, so that you'll look like a quick study.

  8. Be flexible. Expect and embrace the inevitable challenges of your position. A flexible attitude will decrease stress for you and others.

  9. Show appreciation. Be kind and appreciative to everyone who helps you learn the ropes.

  10. Listen 80 percent; Talk 20 percent. Resist offering opinions or assessments -- that road is full of land mines. You'll get more respect by listening and absorbing what your co-workers have to teach rather than by showing off how much you know.

  11. Get to know your boss. Observe your boss' personality and work style, and tailor your interactions to his or her preferences.
  12. Clarify expectations. Make sure you and your boss are on the same page. Find out :
    What priorities and issues need to be immediately addressed.
    How often and in what format you should provide project updates.
    How your performance will be evaluated.

  13. Connect with colleagues. Get to know as many people as you can especially your teammates and those with whom you will work regularly. Establish the foundation for a relationship, and trust and information will follow.

  14. Identify key players. Find out who the decision-makers, influencers, stars and up-comers are. Notice the traits they have in common and try to emulate them..

  15. Uncover hidden agendas. Identify any political forces at work. While you want to avoid getting involved in politically charged situations, it's helpful to be aware of undercurrents.

  16. Take initiative. As you finish assignments and are ready to handle a bigger workload, ask for more. Pick projects that have support from upper management and buy-in from your staff.

  17. Don't make major changes. Even if your interviewer told you the company was looking for fresh ideas, proceed carefully. Show respect for those who have invested energy in a project or system before trying to change it. There may be obstacles you aren't aware of. Ask why things are done the way they are and seek feedback from people whose support you need. Applaud what is being done right and frame changes as enhancements.

  18. Be a team player. Don't engage in gossip. Always make your boss look good. Share credit with your workmates.

What's Hot What's Hot

Yuvraj Singh, Sonia Gandhi, Kevin O'Brien & Hu Jintao

Yuvraj Singh

yuvraj singhFull Name:          Yuvraj Singh

Born:       December 12, 1981, Chandigarh

Major Teams: Punjab, Asia XI, Yorkshire, Kings XI Punjab, India

Batting Style:       Left Hand Bat

Bowling Style:      Slow Left Arm

Test Debut:         India Vs New Zealand at PCA Stadium, Mohali, 2nd Test, 2003/04

ODI Debut:         India Vs Kenya at Nairobi (Gymkhana), ICC KnockOut, 2000/01

T20I Debut:        South Africa Vs India, Only T20I at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, 2006/07

Last T20I: South Africa Vs India, Only T20I at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, 2011.

Yuvraj Singh’s all-round performance against Ireland not only powered India to a 5-wicket win in Bangalore, but also made him the first ever bowler in the history of World Cup to take a five-wicket haul and score a half-century in a single match. Yuvraj’s brilliant bowling figures of 5 for 31 are his best ever in ODIs – his first five-wicket instance. He is also the first left-arm spinner to capture five wickets in the World Cup, obliterating his own figures of four for six against Namibia at Pietermaritzburg on February 23, 2003.

His aforesaid figures are the fifth best by a left-armer in the World Cup. The Indian southpaw has scored 47 half-centuries in ODIs and out of them, 35 have come for winning cause. He averages exactly 50.00 in India’s victories. He has so far scored 5301 runs at a strike rate of 93.88, including nine centuries and 35 fifties in 153 matches.

Statistical highlights of the World Cup quarterfinal match between India and Australia:  Yuvraj Singh (341 runs and 11 wickets) is the second Indian all-rounder and the fourth overall to complete 300 runs and bag 10 wickets or more in a World Cup competition. Kapil Dev was the first Indian all-rounder to register the double, having accomplished the feat in the 1983 World Cup (303 runs and 12 wickets in eight matches). Yuvraj Singh helped India to win the great match against Australia by scoring a stunning half century and taking two wickets. This key player has been the star for Indian team since the ICC World cup 2011 has started.  The charismatic cricketer has become the third player to be adjudged Man of the Match four times a row in a single World Cup, joining Aravinda de Silva (Sri Lanka) in 1996 and Lance Klusener (South Africa) in 1999. Another match-winning performance would not only fetch him his fifth MoM award, a record, but also the Player of the Tournament award.

The Punjab dasher has become the first Indian bowler and the fifth to capture five or more wickets in an innings in the present edition of the World Cup. His figures (5/31) are the fourth best by a left-arm spinner for India in ODIs.

Yuvraj Singh is an Indian Cricket player and has served the Indian One Day International (ODI) Cricket team as its Vice-Captain since the year 2007 to the year 2008. Yuvraj is famous for having hit 6 sixes in a over, bowled by Stuart Broad during a Twenty-20 match against England in the 2007 World Twenty-20 Cricket tournament.

Early Life

He was born on 12th of December 1981 at Chandigarh to Yograj Singh, a former Indian Fast Bowler and Punjabi Movie Star. Yuvraj began playing Cricket at quite an early age, and as the Captain of the Under-19 Cricket team of Punjab in the final match of Cooch-Behar Trophy 1999-2000, scored 358 runs against Bihar Under-19 Cricket team. After this, he was also a part of the Under-19 National Cricket team that participated in Under-19 World Cup Cricket tournament held in Sri Lanka in January 2000. Mohammed Kaif was the Captain of the Indian team, which eventually won the championship.

One Day International (ODI) and Test Debut

Yuvraj Singh made his debut in the One Day International (ODI) Cricket with a match against Kenya played on 3rd of October 2000 at Nairobi. Although he didn’t get a chance to bat in the match, he took no wicket and gave away 16 runs in the match. In his next ODI match against Australia just 4 days after the debutante one, Yuvraj showed his batting prowess by scoring 84 runs off just 80 balls. He began his Test Cricket career with a match against New Zealand played on 16th of October 2003 at Mohali. He scored 25 runs in the match, including 3 Fours and 1 Six.

Sonia Gandhi

sonia GandhiCurrent Positions Held

March 1998 onwards - President, Indian National Congress Chairperson, Congress (I) Parliamentary Party (CPP).

1999-2000: Member, General Purposes Committee.

Chairperson of UPA- assumed office 2004

Chairperson of NAC- assumed office 2004

Member of Lok Sabha, for Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh-- assumed office 2006


Chairperson of

  • Rajiv Gandhi Foundation
  • Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund
  • Nehru Trust for Cambridge University
  • Kamala Nehru Memorial Society and Hospital
  • Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
  •  Indian Council for Child Welfare Trust
  •  Swaraj Bhawan Trust; Patron, Round Square (International Group of Schools), United Kingdom

UPA Chairperson and Congress President Sonia Gandhi has been ranked ninth in the Forbes list of the world's most powerful people that is headed by Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has been placed at number 18 among the world's top 20 powerful people. Sonia Gandhi has been described as a person who wields unequaled influence over 1.2 billion Indians and "after being elected as Congress President for the record fourth term, she has cemented her status as the true heiress to the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty."

While, Dr. described Singh as 'soft-spoken, Oxford-trained economist credited with transforming India's quasi-socialist economy into the world's second-fastest growing'.

Nobody can argue that Mrs. Sonia Gandhi is among the most powerful women political leaders of the world. She is the President of Indian National Congress as well as the head of ruling UPA in India.

She is Italian-born daughter-in-law of the late Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi.

After her husband Rajiv Gandhi's assassination in 1991, she was invited by the Indian Congress Party to take over the Congress but she refused and publicly stayed away from politics amidst constant prodding by the Congress.

She finally agreed to join politics in 1997 and in 1998, she was elected as the leader of the Congress. Since then, she has been the President of the Indian National Congress Party becoming the longest serving President in September 2010.

Gandhi was named the third most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine in the year 2004 and was ranked 6th in 2007. In 2010, Gandhi ranked as the ninth most powerful person on the planet by Forbes Magazine.

She was also named among the Time 100 most influential people in the world for the years 2007 and 2008.

The British magazine New Statesman listed Sonia Gandhi at number 29th in their annual survey of "The World's 50 Most Influential Figures" in the year 2010.

The other Indians who have made to the list include Reliance Industries CMD Mukesh Ambani and NRI industrialist Lakshmi Mittal who are ranked 34th and 44th respectively.

Chinese President Hu Jintao, who rules over one-fifth of the world's population has been described as a person who "unlike Western counterparts, can divert rivers, build cities, jail dissidents and censor internet without meddling from pesky bureaucrats, courts."

US President Barack Obama has been placed at number second while Saudi King Abdullah stands as the third most powerful man.

Pakistan's Army Chief Ashfaq Pervez Kayani has been placed at 29th in the list, while Osama Bin Laden is at 57th and India's most wanted Dawood Ibrahim is at 63rd spot.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin holds the fourth place and Pope Benedict XVI has been placed fifth, while the German Chancellor is at the sixth place, British Prime Minister David Cameron at seventh and Chairman of US Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke is at eight place in the list.

Kevin O'Brien

kevin O'BrainFull name: Kevin Joseph O'Brien

Born : March 4, 1984, Dublin, Ireland

Current age : 27 years

Major teams : Ireland, Ireland Under-19s, Marylebone Cricket Club Young Cricketers, Middlesex 2nd XI, Nottinghamshire

Playing role : All rounder

Batting style : Right-hand bat

Bowling style : Right-arm medium-fast

Ireland batsman Kevin O'Brien entered into World Cup record books by hitting the fastest century in the mega event's history in just 50 balls during his side's Group B match against England.   O'Brien bettered Matthew Hayden's earlier World Cup record of 66-ball hundred which the former Australian opener had hit against South Africa in St Kitts in the 2007 edition in the West Indies. The 27-year-old O'Brien reached the milestone by taking a double off Michael Yardy in the 41st over of Ireland run chase after England had batted first and posted 327 for eight. The right-handed middle-order batsman hit 13 fours and six sixes in his explosive innings. O'Brien's record is the sixth fastest overall in ODIs.

Kevin is a stockily built medium-pacer and a classy middle-order batsman. He represented Ireland at the 2004 Under-19 World Cup in which he racked up 241 runs and also struck 35 from 48 balls against England on his ODI debut. Like many of Ireland's batsmen, he had a productive time in Kenya during the 2007 World Cricket League when he was the second-top-scorer with 263 runs at an average of 52.80, including a delightful 142 from 125 balls against the hosts. He was consistent with the bat in the 2007 World Cup and resourceful with the ball, though not devastatingly successful in either discipline.

In June 2006, he made his One Day International debut in Ireland's inaugural ODI game, against England in Belfast. Bowling first he took 1 for 47 off his 10 overs as England managed 301. His wicket came off his first delivery and was that of Captain Andrew Strauss who was caught at square leg by Andre Botha. Batting at number 8, O'Brien made 35 from 48 balls but Ireland fell 38 runs short.

Taking part in Ireland's disappointing World Cricket League campaign in Kenya, O'Brien was one of the success stories. In their second game of the tournament, against Bermuda, O'Brien took his career best figures of 2 for 38 by taking the wickets of middle order batsmen David Hemp and Lionel Cann. In the chase he made 54, his maiden ODI half century and helped his side win with 8 balls to spare. When Ireland made 284 batting first against Kenya in the following game it was O'Brien who made half of the runs. His innings of 142 was the highest ever by an Irish batsman and was made off 128 balls, containing 10 fours and 6 sixes. The next tour for O'Brien was the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean and it would be his biggest test yet as 6 of his 7 One Day International games prior had been against non Test playing nations.

Their opening game against Zimbabwe finished in a tie when Zimbabwe collapsed in the dying stages. O'Brien came on to bowl in the 49th over with Zimbabwe requiring 9 runs from 12 balls and 3 wickets in hand. His first ball was a full toss but Zimbabwean captain Prosper Utseya hit it straight to Eoin Morgan at cover to give him his first World Cup wicket. Chris Mpofu was run out off O'Brien's final delivery and he finished the penultimate over with a wicket maiden.

In 2010, he was awarded a contract with Cricket Ireland, making him one of six players with a full-time contract with the board and came just a year after the first professional contracts were awarded to Ireland's cricketers. Before that player were amateurs relying on income from other jobs and playing cricket in their spare time. The contract allowed O'Brien and the others to focus on cricket, with the aim of improving ahead of the 2011 World Cup.

Personal life and education
O'Brien was educated in Marian College, Ballsbridge. He has a degree in marketing and advertising. His brother Niall is also a member of the Irish team. Their father Brendan played 52 times for Ireland. He is one of five O'Brien brothers to play cricket.

Hu Jintao

hua jintoHu Jintao, born on 21st December 1942, in Taizhou, Jiangsu, is the current Paramount Leader of the People's Republic of China. He has held the titles of General Secretary of the Communist Party of China since 2002, President of the People's Republic of China since 2003, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission since 2004, succeeding Jiang Zemin as the top leader of fourth generation leadership of the Communist Party of China

Hu was a gifted student in high school, excelling in activities such as singing and dancing. In 1964, while still a student at Beijing's Tsinghua University, Hu joined the Communist Party of China (CPC), before the Cultural Revolution. He was the chairman of Tsinghua Student Union at that time. He graduated in hydraulic engineering in 1965. At Tsinghua, Hu met a fellow student Liu Yongqing, now his wife. They have a son and a daughter named Hu Haifeng and Hu Haiqing respectively.

Political Career
In 1973, Hu was transferred to the Construction Department of Gansu as a secretary. The next year he was promoted to vice senior chief.

In 1982, Hu was promoted to the position of Communist Youth League Gansu Branch Secretary and was appointed as the director of the All-China Youth Federation.

In 1984, Hu was promoted to First Secretary of CY Central, thus its actual leader. During his term in the Youth League, Hu escorted Hu Yaobang, who was General Secretary of CPC then, in visits around the country.

In 1985, Hu Yaobang pushed for Hu Jintao to be transferred to Guizhou as the provincial Committee Secretary of Communist Party of China.

In 1987, Hu Jintao handled the local students protest parallel to the Democracy Wall carefully, whereas in Beijing similar protests resulted in Hu Yaobang's forced resignation.

In 1988, Hu was transferred to become Party Regional Committee Secretary of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, the restive area's number-one figure, while also taking on the role of Political Commissar of the local People's Liberation Army units.

In 1993, Hu took charge of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, which oversaw day-to-day operations of the Central Committee, and the Central Party School, which was convenient for him to bring up his own supporters among senior CPC cadres.

In 1998, Hu became Vice-President of China, and Jiang wanted Hu to play a more active role in foreign affairs. Hu became China's leading voice during the NATO bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade in 1999.

Secretaryship and Presidency
Since taking over as Party General Secretary at the Sixteenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Hu and his premier, Wen Jiabao, proposed to set up a Harmonious Society which aims at lessening the inequality and changing the style of the "GDP first and Welfare Second" policies. They focused on sectors of the Chinese population that have been left behind by the economic reform, and have taken a number of high profile trips to the poorer areas of China with the stated goal of understanding these areas better.

Political observers indicate that Hu has distinguished himself from his predecessor in both domestic and foreign policy. Hu's political philosophy during his presidency is summarized by three slogans — a "Harmonious Society" domestically and "Peaceful Development" internationally, the former aided by the Scientific Development Concept, which seeks integrated sets of solutions to arrays of economic, environmental and social problems, and recognizes, in inner circles, a need for cautious and gradual political reforms.

Western criticism of Hu, particularly regarding human rights, exposes his hypersensitivity to social stability but does not lay as much emphasis on his fresh commitment to address China’s multi-faceted social problems.

Hu’s pragmatic, non-ideological agenda has two core values—maintaining social stability to further economic development and sustaining Chinese culture to enrich national sovereignty. In domestic policy, he seems to want more openness to the public on governmental functions and meetings.


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