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How to combat nerves when starting a new job
Navigating the First Days: Strategies to Ease New Job Jitters!
Career 03 Oct 2023

Starting a new job can be an exciting but nerve-wracking experience, so it’s natural to feel nervous during the transition. Here are several strategies you can use to combat those nerves and make the process smoother:

Prepare in Advance & Get Organized: As you gear up for your new job, it’s essential to take good care of yourself. Get those precious Zzz’s, eat some nourishing meals, and squeeze in regular exercise to keep your energy up and nerves at bay. On your first day, make it a mindful morning: lay out your outfit and pack your bag the night before, and plan your commute to ease those first-day jitters. Pop on some soothing tunes during the ride if it helps you relax. Before diving in, revisit that job description and any info your new employer shared to really grasp your role. Dive into the company’s culture, values, and mission to sync up with their goals. And don’t forget to brush up on industry trends related to your gig.

Positive Self-talk: Challenge negative thoughts and replace them with positive affirmations.
Remind yourself of your qualifications and past successes that have led you to this opportunity.

Visualize Success & Set Realistic Expectations: Imagine yourself excelling in your new role. Visualization can boost your confidence and reduce anxiety. Understand that it’s normal to make mistakes in a new job. No one is perfect from day one. Focus on learning and growing rather than aiming for perfection.

Ask Questions & Seek Clarification: Don’t be afraid to ask your supervisor or colleagues for clarification or guidance when you’re unsure about something.

Build Relationships: Take the initiative to introduce yourself to colleagues with a warm friendly smile and be open to building professional relationships. Source out a mentor or someone you can go to for advice.

Stay Positive & Flexible: Embrace change and adapt to new challenges with a positive attitude.
Remember that the initial adjustment period will pass, and you’ll likely become more comfortable with time.

Good Luck – You’ve Got This!

Image: ‘Fashion Week’ by Patrick Demarchelier for Harper’s Bazaar, 2002 via @cabmate Instagram

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