An Introvert’s Guide to Starting a New Job
Starting a new job is exciting. It means a fresh start in your career, and you’ll find opportunities to learn more, try something new, and meet new friends. However, it can also be intimidating. New and unfamiliar faces, orientation groups, introductions, and welcome lunches can sometimes be overwhelming, especially if you’re an introvert. Therefore, we’ve prepared this “Introvert’s Guide to Starting a New Job”.
If you’re an introvert, you tend to prefer one-on-one situations and it takes a little bit more time to become friends with colleagues. It’s not that you’re anti-social. But it may be a bit more challenging for you to adjust to new people and new environments.
Introvert’s Guide to Starting a New Job – Tips for Introverts
Here are some tips to consider for introverts who are starting in a new job role:
#1 Be early
Getting to the office early offers several benefits, especially for introverts. One is that you have an opportunity to become comfortable in your new space and surroundings. Take advantage of the quiet time and think about how you can reduce work stress and avoid feeling overwhelmed.
#2 Prepare your introduction
As a new employee at the office, you will definitely be asked to introduce yourself on the spot. For introverts, this may be a bit uncomfortable. The key is preparation before your first day. Create an introduction that provides a brief summary of your work history and other details. Practice saying it in front of a mirror and imagine yourself talking to someone or to a group of people.
#3 Take it slow
If joining a large group for lunch seems daunting, go with a smaller group instead. When it comes to orientation activities with other new employees, you can try focusing your attention on your seatmate or a few people near you. Speak to one or two of your colleagues at a time. Eventually, you’ll get used to talking to familiar faces and become more comfortable working with them.
#4 You don’t always have to say “yes”
As a new employee, you may feel like you have to say “yes” to every invite from one of your colleagues. Of course, you want to make a good impression and not be seen as unfriendly. But remember that doesn’t mean that you have to say “yes” all the time. You can agree to go out for coffee or drinks if you want to, and turn down invites that don’t appeal to you.
#5 Share the work style that you want
You can say something early on to your co-workers about your preferred work style. For example, you might mention that you prefer one-on-one conversations and that you tend to stay quiet during meetings. This is a way to clue your co-workers in on your introverted nature and they will probably appreciate you letting them know how best to interact with you. Keep in mind that when you start a new job, it’s not just you who has to learn how to adjust to your new colleagues – they also have to learn how to adjust to you.
No matter what your job is or what type of industry you belong to, workplaces have a wide range of personalities. In many cases, this is essential in creating a dynamic work environment that can help an organization become successful. If you’re an introvert, bear in mind that there’s nothing wrong with being one.
In an office setting where meeting new friends and sharing your ideas to a big group may be challenging, there are many things that you can do to make yourself more at ease with your new job and environment. Good luck and congratulations on your new job!
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