“Humans are wonders,” and many might often wonder what to do with life after studies. Some might have already figured it out, some might still be thinking. It is perfectly all right to wonder and not to have an idea. However, if a person would like to take up a job in any of the corporate firms for the first time, here are some tips that could come in handy. When joining a company, one is required to get an understanding of what is expected and how the performance is being assessed. Knowing this will give a clear vision of the job role and how to approach it.

1. Preparation for the new challenges to come

This is where the self-talk is done. Humans are lifelong learners and joining a corporate is another learning experience. Having a Positive attitude and a mindset is important in joining a new corporate.  “Attitudes are predisposition to respond favourably or unfavourably to objects or persons in one’s environment.” Attitudes do impact behaviours. As an example, if a person is having a positive attitude towards work, it’s more likely that he/she would enjoy the work and continue to work harder. A positive and open mindset with a fresh perspective will help in preparing oneself to accept new challenges, learn new things, and excel at the new job while focusing on the bigger picture and how one would fit in.

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The first week of joining a company, as a fresher is mostly entertaining. This is where one will have time to adjust, learn and be free from the great work pressures to come. This is a golden opportunity for one to learn about the organization. This can be done by immersing in the company’s website and going through all the Annual Reports to get an understanding of how the company works, its relation to the economy, how the businesses are done, and the structure of the business.

2. Creating an Impression

There is a common saying that “First Impression is the best impression.” Once an impression is made it takes a longer time to change it despite being positive or negative. First Impression is how a person would perceive something or someone from the first point of contact or communication. First Impressions are commonly determined by,

Even though the innate good qualities of a person cannot be assessed from one’s external appearance in a corporate set up many opportunities and given or taken based on the impression one is making. “Communication experts estimate that 65% of every conversation is partially interpreted through non-verbal communication”. It is important to listen carefully, especially to what is not being said and professionally maintain communications to ensure one’s journey of success.

“With Great Communication comes Great Networks”

Here are some basic email etiquettes, Acknowledging emailsRespond to emails at least within 24 hoursAvoid using Block Capitals Start to compose an email from the email body, then add the subject and finally add the recipients Add a suitable subject lineBe mindful in “Reply -All,” do it only if necessaryBe cautious about the tone, cultural sensitivity of the email Use a spell checker and a grammar checker to avoid typosDo not forget your attachments  

A corporate office has great opportunities for professional networking. Getting to know the work colleagues will assist one in understanding how authority and responsibility flow within an organization. This will certainly come in handy when continuing to work with them. It will assist in getting the work done faster and easier. Listening too plays a vital role in this, being genuinely interested in getting to know the team, how they have contributed to the company and their role that they take pride in will certainly result in developing healthy professional relationships from the early stages of work itself. It is equally important to maintain written communication also in a professional manner as it depicts the personality of a person.

i) Acknowledging emails
ii) Respond to emails at least within 24 hours
iii) Avoid using Block Capitals
iv) Start to compose an email from the email body, then add the subject and finally add the recipients
v) Add a suitable subject line
vi) Be mindful in “Reply -All,” do it only if necessary
vii) Be cautious about the tone, cultural sensitivity of the email
viii) Use a spell checker and a grammar checker to avoid typos

3, Understanding and adapting to the work culture

An organization’s culture simply refers to “how things work here. ”Hofstede (1991) defines organizational culture as a ” collective programming of the mind which distinguishes a member of one group from another”. He also states that organizational culture is equal to an iceberg where the true beliefs and values ate lying deeper down. It is doubtful if a fresher could tap this during the first week to this, but it is possible over time.

According to Chris Edmonds “Culture is all about how people treat each other—how leaders treat their teams and peers, how employees treat each other, and how people treat customers and vendors. It is about relationships and respect,”

Once a person is through this stage, they will be ready to kick start performing like a superstar both mentally and physically.