Got a new job? That’s something to celebrate and be excited about, but don’t forget to prepare for your first day at your new workplace! Here are some tips we think will help. First impressions matter. This can lead to some nervousness on your first day because of the heightened pressure to perform. This is completely normal! On the very first day at a new job, rarely are any job specific responsibilities discussed. In fact, it is more about filling up the forms, watching training videos, and meeting new people. But it would be a mistake to take a passive approach. The first day will set the tone for your tenure with the company and your interaction with your new co-workers. Hence, a good hold on your spoken English might enhance this interaction and make it smoother.
Be Well Prepared with Questions
Read as much as possible about the new company and come well prepared with in depth and meaningful questions. Generally, the first day is all about listening but it is important to ask questions too.
First impressions are often based on appearance and body language. Wear clothes that are appropriate for the workplace but that you still feel good in. Check if your new company has an office dress code, and buy a simple work wardrobe that you can easily mix and match.
Engage in Clear Communication
It is important to engage in communication with your supervisor and colleagues and clarify all your doubts. It is also important to brush up your communication skills by improving your spoken English. Having a good command over English language is always desirable.
Prepare a Short Description About Yourself
People will be eager to know who you are and what you used to do or what your new role in the company is. It will be a good idea to be prepared with a 30 second introductory speech that will answer all their queries.
Be Confident and Improve Your Spoken English
Confidence is a key trait and even an indicator of success, especially in your career. Good English speaking skills help increase self confidence. Brush up your English grammar and spoken English skills.
A Friendly Face Can Help Reduce Your Stress Levels
Do you know anyone in your new company who can help show you around? If so, call them and arrange to meet. If not, don’t worry – often, organizations assign a “buddy” or “mentor” to help new people.
Smile Your Way Through
A smile always wins hearts – just smile and be open to meeting new people. It won’t take too long before you start building a friendly rapport with your new colleagues.
In summary the first day at your new job may be among your most memorable, though perhaps also understandably stressful. While the first day at a new job is very important, it is important to remember that if things don’t go as well as you planned, there’s always tomorrow.