Celebrating 45 Years!

Overcoming the New Job Nerves

Congratulations on your new job!

A fresh start! A new beginning! …And a lot to learn.

While starting a new job can be exciting, you may feel overwhelmed, and maybe even a little bit stressed. The best way to beat the nerves of starting a new role is to be prepared! These tips will help you feel confident in starting your new job.

Get to know your route.

Know what to expect on your way to the new job to ensure that you’re arriving on time. Obstacles may present themselves, like complicated parking, construction detours, or long traffic lights. It’s best to prepare for your journey to work so you don’t get flustered before your day even begins.

Align your sleep schedule.

A new job often means a new schedule to adjust to, and that can leave you feeling tired. Make sure you have energy for your first day, by getting a good night’s sleep the night before your shift. You’ll be receiving a lot of information, so you’ll want to be able to focus and be alert to take it all in. If you aren’t used to getting up early, start a few days ahead of your start date so you don’t feel tired on your first day!

Have the information you need.

Make sure you know the name of the person you’re reporting to and the instructions you need for showing up at the right place at the right time with everything you need. It’s a great idea to bring a notebook and pen in case they aren’t able to provide you with any. Make sure you ask lots of questions,  ideally preparing a few in the days before. Take notes on everything you learn so you can review them in your own quiet space after work and in the following days.

Give yourself affirmations throughout the day.

Keeping a positive mindset is critical to being successful in a new role. Expect to be overwhelmed and challenged, and remind yourself regularly that you can handle it. Remember that the employer wouldn’t have hired you if they didn’t see your potential. Jot down affirmations in your notebook as a regular reminder of your capabilities! Here are some examples: I’ve got this! I can do anything I put my mind to. I am excited and eager to learn all the pieces of my new job. I welcome challenges and trust myself to use my skills and knowledge to overcome them. I am doing my best! Everyone makes mistakes and I see them as learning opportunities. The information I absorb today will make tomorrow easier!

An important thing to remember is that employers know the first day can be overwhelming. Be prepared, do your best, and maintain a positive learning attitude! Day one will be challenging, but make sure you go back on day two – it will get easier!

All the best, and congratulations again on your new job!


Don’t have a new job lined up yet? Contact us today for help, and land a job you love! 

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