Have you ever thought about moving abroad for a new work experience? Many young and not-so-young people choose to give themselves the opportunity to work abroad to both learn English and to enrich their resume. Others that are already well-established in their home country sometimes receive an offer to transfer abroad temporarily to work in their company’s headquarters.
Whatever the reason may be that drives us to work abroad, it is always an important experience that can motivate us not only from a work point of view, but from a cultural and human point of view as well. It is interesting to learn different ways to do things and different ways to face challenges at work. In addition, from a human point of view, travelling for either long or short time periods helps us to acquire important skills like the spirit of adaptation and independence.
At the same time, the idea of starting a work experience in a country where a different language is spoken and where we do not know the culture can generate a bit of anxiety. As always, the secret to facing your fears and giving your best lies in good preparation. Have you thought about sending an email to your new coworkers? Here we present some ways to respond to your boss’s welcome email or to send a presentation email to your new colleagues.
Responding to a Welcome Email
Both your job interview and evaluation have been successful. You now feel happy to see an email from your boss in your inbox. This is a welcome email, that is to say, a message welcoming you to your new job. Do you feel excited and don’t know how to respond? First of all, you should know that it is neither necessary nor obligatory to respond. But, if you still want to show your appreciation to your employer for having given you the job, here are some phrases you can use to answer. While the translation to your mother tongue may sound forced, that does not mean that these phrases do not sound natural in English.
Thank you for your kind email. I’m glad to be part of this team. It is a great opportunity to work for XXX and I will do my best to contribute to its future and success.
I look forward to working with you.
Thank you for showing confidence in me. I will work hard to live up to the expectations and I appreciate the opportunity you are giving me to use my talents for XXX.
I am excited to be part of your team and look forward to seeing you on XXX.
Colleagues and Members of the Staff
If the idea of meeting your coworkers for the first time makes you anxious, you can send a presentation email to those you will be working the closest with, such as your team leader, boss, or colleagues. In the email, you can introduce yourself, explain your role, clarify why you’re sending the email, and conclude by expressing your desire to meet the recipient. Here is a formal example that you could send to a boss and a more informal example for coworkers at the same or lower position.
My name is Mario Perez, I have just been hired as the new sales assistant at XXX. The purpose of this email is to introduce myself to you and give you my contact information, should you need to talk to me. My email address is XXX and my contact phone is +44XXX. I look forward to meeting you in person, and I am excited about working together.
My name is Mario Perez and I will be taking on the role of Jr. Marketing Director starting on May 25th. I want to take a moment to introduce myself to you and to say hello. I´m so happy to join the team and look forward to meeting everyone in person. Please feel free to come to my office any time, if you have any questions or you would like to meet me.
Are You Ready for Your New Job?
Now that you know how to write a presentation email, you have one more tool to start your new career without too much anxiety. It is true, however, that to work in an environment where English is spoken, it is important to know the language well in order to communicate daily with colleagues, clients, and the public. ABA English offers 144 free video classes to improve your English along with qualified teachers ready to resolve your doubts and answer your questions. What are you waiting for?