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5 Ways to Avoid “First Day” Nerves When Starting a New Job

R Downy Junior
Health Freedoms

Starting a new job can make you feel nervous and excited at the same time. You want to perform well in the new position. Thinking about all the new challenges you’ll face can cause you to feel anxiety over whether or not you’ll make a good first impression with your manager and fellow colleagues. However, the various unknowns can add to your first day nerves. There are several ways that you can help yourself to avoid being nervous when you start a new job. This article will discuss 5 ways to avoid those first day nerves.

See Also: The 5 Worst Ways to Start a New Job

1. Remind Yourself You Were Chosen

The best way to get rid of those first day nerves is to remind yourself that out of all the candidates who applied for the job; you were chosen. That should boost your confidence level and calm those nerves. Avoid allowing the nerves to take over by telling yourself that the hiring manager saw something in you that meant you would be a perfect fit for the job tasks in relation to your current skillset and expertise.

2. Remember a Past Professional Success

If you can focus on the successes of specific times in your past professional career where you had to start a new job, or you accepted a promotion in the company, you will be able to avoid feeling nervous in this new situation. Remembering how well you acclimated to an adjustment in your career will give you the confidence to see how awesome you are. You need to believe in your skillset and accomplishments and know that you will perform well in this new job too.

3. Proactively Cultivate Your Perspective

Another way to avoid being nervous on the first day of the new job is to proactively cultivate a positive perspective. When you think positively, it will impact your behavior in a constructive way. Focusing on the negative aspects of your career or thinking you’re incapable of doing this new job, will only increase your tendency to be nervous. The key is to be proactive in maintaining this positive perspective because you have to make a decision to be optimistic.

4. Take the Initiative to Interact

When you start a new job, you should have a plan of action in place to begin to cultivate interoffice relationships early on. You need to understand the benefit of being a team player and knowing that a company is more productive when everyone works together to accomplish great things. Taking this initiative and having a plan in place will help you to avoid first day nerves because you are focusing on connecting with others—and not hiding in fear and nervousness.

5. See Your Manager as a Collaborator

Obviously, your manager will be “managing” you and your work. However, one final way that you can avoid first day nerves is by viewing your manager as a collaborator in your workplace performance, success and productivity. You can avoid being nervous when you realize that your manager is on your side and actually wants you to succeed. When you are productive and successful, there is a snowball effect and the rest of the company succeeds as well.

See Also: 5 Changes to Make to be Successful in Your New Job

How did you handle the first day nerves at your new job and was there anything that you did to avoid feeling so nervous?

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