Starting a new job is exciting, but heading into your
workplace the first time can also be a nerve-racking experience. After all, you
are going to meet a lot of new people and you probably want to make the best
first impression possible with each and every one.
Luckily, there is something you can do to help ensure that
you make a great first impression at your new job, and it isn’t difficult. Here’s the one thing you need to do
before heading in on your first day.
Practice Your Introductions
When it comes down to it,
practice makes perfect. That’s why some much interview advice focuses on
rehearsing responses to common questions.
On your first day, you are almost guaranteed to be nervous.
This may lead you to stumble over your words or simply
draw a blank when you meet someone new, especially if the encounter wasn’t
planned or structured.
By practicing, you have the ability to craft the ideal
introduction that touches on the most important
points quickly and efficiently. Plus, after working on it for a while, reciting
it will become second nature. This means, even if you are feeling some level of
anxiety, you won’t have to search for the right words. Instead, they’ll be
immediately available, allowing your introduction to go forward as if on
How to Create a Strong Introduction
Your initial introductions need to function similar to
elevator pitches. You want to mention the important points quickly and
Begin by reflecting on your previous experience and create a very short story that lets them know who you
are as a professional. You can mention your last role or employer and even
touch on your education.
Then, mention the position you are starting in followed by
what about this job excites you, such as the project that caught your eye or
the company’s products or services. If your new workplace isn’t overly formal,
you can also sprinkle in some personal details, like where you are from or your
Ideally, you want to keep your introduction short and sweet,
while allowing it to serve as a mechanism
to prompt a longer conversation, time
permitting. Plus, you want to give the other person a chance to introduce
themselves and possibly ask a few
questions, allowing everyone to get to know each other.
Don’t Neglect Your Handshake
First days usually come with a lot of handshakes, so it
doesn’t hurt to practice this as well. Consider asking a trusted friend or
family member to work with you, allowing you to get feedback about your
Finding the right grip, duration, and other aspects of a
stellar handshake can take some time. But, once you get it down, it’s fairly easy to replicate.
Ready For a New Career?
By following the tips above, you can make a great first impression at your new job. If you would like to know more, the staff ASK Staffing can help! Contact us today to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members and see how our expertise can benefit you.