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First Day Nerves? How To Tackle Any Unwanted Nervous Feelings

First Day Nerves? How To Tackle Any Unwanted Nervous Feelings

Your first day in a new job can make even the most experienced hiring professional feel nervous. Whether it’s your first job, 5th job or even 100th job! Change can be a nervewracking experience for anybody.

Beat feeling nervous on your first step and follow our five top tips: 


1. You’re there for a reason

First, it’s important to remember you’re there for a reason. They chose you because you had the right skill set and potential to fit well within the new role. There may have been 10s or 100s of other applicants, but they picked you. They wouldn’t have hired you if they didn’t think you would make a great new employee.

There was something about you that they liked, so remind yourself with this nugget of information when the first-day nerves start kicking in.

2. Plan ahead

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail! A good way to put your nerves at bay is to be prepared for your first day. Make sure that before you start, the easy and soon to be mundane tasks, such as your commute are planned and you have a good time estimate of how long it will take you to get to work. Being on time and punctual is an easy way to create a good first impression with your new employer.

Plan other aspects of your first day such as; taking your lunch to work (its good to have options!) and bringing along a notepad and pen because you’ll need to write a lot of notes. As these smaller details can make your life a whole lot easier on your first day. Read our full list of 10 things to take with you in a new job here.

3. Do a little homework

Don’t expect to be able to walk into a new job without having done a little role preparation beforehand. Look back to the initial job advert and refamiliarise yourself with the job description. Understand what the role entails and what will be expected of you. If you are less confident in certain areas, now’s the time to brush up on these skills.

It’s also worthwhile spending a little extra time on looking over the company values, beliefs and fully understanding what they do and how they do it. You can impress on the first day if you already have a good foundation of knowledge about what your employer does.

4. Everybody’s been in your place before

Everybody has been the new person at one time or another. So if you’re feeling nervous remember that most of your new colleagues will have felt similar nerves when they first started out. Because of this, they may be more understanding and willing to make you feel comfortable in your new role and work environment.

What your feeling is completely normal and others can relate to these first day nerves.


5. Show eagerness and an interest to learn

A great way to tackle your nervous emotions is to get stuck into the role. Distract yourself with new tasks and learning possibilities. To do this ask lots of questions from those who are training you or providing you with a job handover.

Hopefully, you’ll be busy learning lots of new things, that the nerves you once felt before are forgotten!

Our advice to you is to make the most out of your experience and distract yourself with learning new things so that new job nerves don’t bog you down. If you demonstrate an eagerness and interest to learn, you’ll not have to worry about impressing your new employer because these traits can go a long way on your first day.

Read more new job and first-day advice:

New Job? What To Expect On Your First Day

How To Prepare For Your First Day In A New Job

How NOT To Start Your First Day

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