How To Combat New Job Nerves
Published: 10 Jan 2018
Starting a new job can be scary, especially if you’ve been settled in your most recent role for a long time. You’ve probably forgot what it feels like to be the new person; the emotions, the stresses, the small talk. It takes a long time to truly settle into a new role, and some people are simply better at it than others. So how do you eliminate that fear and actually enjoy the start of your new job?
When you’re nervous, it’s easy to forget what you’re actually supposed to be doing. Do a bit of preparation before you start. Make sure you’ve read through your job description and that any questions you have are answered by your HR contact (it may not be HR for some) at your new company. It might be that you’d like to brush up on your knowledge of the industry you’re entering or maybe it's time to upskill. Preparation is one of the best remedies for nerves.
Don’t put pressure on yourself
You won’t be expected to go into your new job knowing absolutely everything on day one, so don’t put pressure on yourself. A career is a constant state of learning and development, especially when you enter a new role, so eliminate this stress from your roster. You don’t need it and you won’t enjoy your first few months with this mindset, nevermind the first day.
You probably won’t be the only new person
And if you are, who cares? You won’t be the last one they take on! Being the new person can involve a battleground of situations so don’t worry about it. Just be yourself. Don’t feel like you must be everyone’s best mate on day one, it really doesn’t work like that and if you try too hard people will think you’re weird. You might be in the fortunate position of starting with another person or a group of people!
Try and stay neutral
The easiest way to make a good first impression is to be on your best behaviour. The least offensive you can be as a human, the more likely people will open up and warm to you! Take time to get to know your new team mates individually and give them a chance to get to know you too. Think of the team as a very still lake. When you enter, you create ripple, but it settles after a short time and it’s calm again. It’s not a bad thing! Excitement and curiosity often surrounds new hires.
Don’t make loads of wild promises about things you’re going to do without backing them up. Start slow and steady then build yourself up. Like we said earlier in the post, you’re not going to know everything immediately. The added pressure of bigging yourself up too much is most definitely NOT going to help you.
Go out and buy some new clothes
We are serious. If you’re feeling nervous about starting, set yourself up with a few new outfits. Nothing helps you feel more confident than slipping into a brand new, killer outfit. Everyone loves new clothes! Beware of new shoes though – don’t get anything you can’t walk in and definitely don’t get shoes that are going to give you blisters. You need to be able to fully concentrate, especially on the first day, without worrying about sore feet.
Research your new colleagues
This is a great way to get to know and understand the culture of the organisation you’re about to join before you step foot through the door. A little social stalking never killed anybody, so check them out. You might find you have some things in common with your new colleagues which would lead to a much warmer introduction!
Well done on getting to this stage and please enjoy your new job. Each new role you take starts a new chapter not just for your career, but for your life too. Embrace the change and the make the most out of every opportunity. If you can't get excited yet because you've got to hand your notice in first, check out our advice. If you've not even got to the interview stage, we've got all sorts of articles to help you figure out whether it's time to leave your job. We also have articles to help you understand all the different marketing job titles and to help you figure out which marketing job is best for you. Who knows, maybe the answer is written in the stars. Check out all of our new marketing jobs today and discover your perfect fit.