Learn How to Calm Your Nerves When Starting a New Job

It’s normal to have a few jitters when starting a new job. It might be more troublesome if you didn’t feel a little nervous. This is, after all, a major life transition, so it may trigger a variety of emotions including some stress and anxiety. The key is to keep moving forward, as you would with any other major life change, and keep a positive attitude throughout, even if you’re feeling a bit shaky on the inside. This, too, shall pass – and you’ll be off and running in this new chapter.

Ahead of Time

Don’t let anticipatory anxiety overwhelm you in the days leading up to your first day at your new job. It helps to follow that age-old advice and be prepared.

  • If possible, take some time off so you can make a clean break from your previous workplace.
  • Shift your sleep schedule, if necessary, so you don’t arrive feeling tired or groggy.
  • Continue to learn as much as you can about your new company. If you haven’t already, see if anyone in your network knows any of your soon-to-be coworkers, and ask for introductions. Then, you’ll have at least one friendly face when you arrive.
  • If you’ll be working on-site, take a trial run of your new commute. And if not, get your remote worksite all set to go.
  • Practice good self-care. Regular physical exercise helps as it releases mood-boosting endorphins, helps ease stress, promotes better sleep, and relaxes tense muscles. Don’t overdo it, especially if you haven’t been physically active, but even a short walk or a 15-minute stretch can help.
  • Talk things out with a family member or friend. Preferably someone who has recently been through a job change themselves. Sharing your worries can help normalize those jitters and make you feel less alone. Plus, time spent with loved ones is a positive distraction.
  • On Day One

    Set that alarm a little early so you can arrive at work promptly and unrushed. (A good tip every day, but especially on the first one!) Eat a healthy breakfast and put a smile on your face. It’s Go Time.

  • When you arrive, introduce yourself to anyone you haven’t met yet.
  • It’s okay to ask questions. It shows your interest and enthusiasm about being part of your new team. Other people generally like to help – it makes them feel good, too. You won’t look incompetent, but rather, like a team player who welcomes collaboration and camaraderie.
  • During Those First Weeks

    While keeping an open mind and a positive attitude:

  • Resist the urge to change the way things are done, unless you’ve specifically been asked to. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to shine and interject your own methods, style, and ideas, all in good time.
  • Use your breaks and lunch hours to reach out to your coworkers. Establishing relationships is important to your long-term future at your company.
  • Volunteer for projects that will get you noticed but first, complete the ones your boss has assigned to you. Take on additional work only if you feel confident you can complete it well and on time.
  • For additional guidance in your job transition, reach out to the career development experts at PrideStaff Fresno. We’ll have you shining in your new role in no time!

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