When you start a new job, one of the most daunting tasks is introducing yourself to your new coworkers.
It can be tricky to know what to say and how to act, but with a few simple tips, you will be able to make a great first impression. That’s why I decided to discuss how to introduce yourself to new coworkers in both an email and an in-person setting, as well as what not to say.
I will also provide some examples of what you can say to make sure your introduction is memorable and personable!
When To Introduce Yourself?
If you are starting a new job, the best time to introduce yourself is during your first few days. This will give you a chance to meet everyone and get settled into your new job role. If you are joining a team that already exists, try to introduce yourself as soon as possible. It is always better to err on the side of introducing yourself too early, rather than too late.
Email vs In-person
When you’re introducing yourself to your new coworkers, you will likely do so in both an email and an in-person setting. While it may seem like there is not much difference between the two, there are a few key things to keep in mind when crafting your introduction.
In an email, you will want to keep your introduction short and sweet. You should include your name, job title, and a brief sentence or two about yourself. It is also helpful to include a link to your professional website or social media profile so that your coworkers can learn more about you.
But when in person…
When introducing yourself in person, you will want to take a little more time to share information about yourself. In addition to your name and job title, you can also share your interests, hobbies, or anything else that you think would be helpful for your coworkers to know. You should also take the opportunity to ask your coworkers questions about themselves so that you can get to know them better.
Examples Of What To Say In-Person
Here are a few examples of what you can say when introducing yourself to your new coworkers:
“Hi, I am [Your Name]. I’m a [Your Job Title], and I just joined the team. I am really excited to be here, and I can’t wait to get started!”
“Hello, my name is [Your Name], and I will be starting as the new [Your Job Title]. A little about myself – I grew up in [Your City/State], went to school for [Your Major], and love anything outdoors. In my previous role, I worked as a [Previous Job Title] and am very excited to bring my skills to this team. Can’t wait to work with you all!”
“Hi everyone! I am so happy to be joining the team as the new [Your Job Title]. My name is [Your Name], and I just moved here from [City/State]. In my previous job, I worked as a [Previous Job Title], but I am really excited to start this new adventure. When I am not working, I love spending time with my family, hiking, and reading. Can’t wait to get to know you all!”
An Email Introduction
Here is an example of what you can say in an email introduction:
My name is John Smith, and I am the new Marketing Manager at XYZ Company. I am originally from Boston, MA but have been living in New York City for the past five years. I am a graduate of XYZ University and have previous experience working as a Marketing Coordinator at ABC Company.
I am really excited to join the team and can’t wait to get started!
You can learn more about me on my website (johnsmith.com) or my LinkedIn profile (linkedin.com/in/johnsmith).
Assuming you want me to introduce myself:
Hi everyone! My name is Katherine, and I just joined the team as a Content Writer. I am originally from California but moved to New York for this job – so far, I love it here! A lot of my work experience is in copywriting, but I also have experience in social media and email marketing.
I am really excited to start working with all of you and can’t wait to see what we can achieve together.
You can learn more about me on my website (katherinejohns.com) or my LinkedIn profile (linkedin.com/in/katherinejohns).
What Not To Say?
When you’re introducing yourself to your new coworkers, there are a few things that you should avoid saying. First, you should avoid saying anything that could be construed as negative. This includes complaining about your previous job, venting about the commute, or making any other negative comments.
Second, you should avoid talking about controversial topics such as politics or religion. These topics can be divisive, and it is best to steer clear of them when meeting new people. Finally, you should avoid saying anything that could be considered inappropriate or offensive. This includes making jokes, telling stories that are too personal, or using profanity.
When you are introducing yourself to new coworkers, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. First, make sure that you smile and make eye contact. This will help put your coworkers at ease and make them more likely to respond positively to you.
Second, use their name in your introduction. This will help them remember who you are and make them feel more comfortable talking to you. Finally, be genuine and friendly. Your goal is to build relationships with your coworkers, so it is important that they see you as a person they can trust and rely on.
After Your Introduction
After you have introduced yourself, there are a few things that you can do to continue building relationships with your coworkers. First, try to learn as much as you can about them. This includes their hobbies, interests, and background.
Second, be available to help them with anything they need. This could include projects they are working on or tasks they are struggling with. Finally, make an effort to socialize with your coworkers outside of work. This could include going to lunch together or grabbing a coffee.
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Introducing yourself to new coworkers can be nerve-wracking. But it is an important part of settling into your new job.
By following the tips I have gone through, you can make sure that you make a positive first impression and start building strong relationships with your coworkers. You now know the best ways to introduce yourself to new coworkers and make the best impression!
Good luck and congratulations on the new job!