Tips to handle New Job Nerves

Starting a new job is always an exciting but nerve wrecking process. You have to enter an environment where you do not know a lot of people and do not know the routines, rules or habits of your colleagues either. Each office space has its own unique work etiquette and the workers there spend enough time with each other on a daily basis to form a close unit. When you first start on a job it is natural to feel like an outsider. It is also natural to feel extremely nervous and even scared. In such situations there are some simple tips you can use in order to keep your nerves under control.

Experience can serve as a good factor to overcome jittery situation but when you get a new job, the feeling of being new always brings anxiety and nervousness in the picture. The first day can be intimidating. The new atmosphere, new faces and new work culture can give birth to a hidden fear and lack of confidence. Sooner or later, this anxiety will wear off totally when you become familiar to the new environment. For the first few weeks, follow the tips mentioned below to overcome the nervousness and blend in.

Tips to make the first days smooth

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Tell yourself to relax


A pep talk is always motivating. And no pep talk will ever be as effective as the pep talk you can give to yourself. Keep telling yourself to relax and to not worry too much. Worrying a lot tends to make people inefficient in their work. It is important that you stay calm and focused. Keep minute attention to detail and try to do all your work extremely efficiently. And more importantly keep reminding yourself that you are allowed to make mistakes. You are after all new and no one expects you to learn all the names and the rules instantly. You can try taking deep calming breaths when you feel nervous or even close your eyes and meditate for a few minutes in order to calm your nerves. Your biggest hurdle and enemy is being nervous so just keep telling yourself to relax.

Do not try to be something you are not

A common mistake that most people make on their first day at any job is to try to be something they are not. They might try to be more efficient or sincere than they are, rushing to complete task before time, giving too many suggestions, asking too many questions, etc. It is important to remember that you got the job because the people at the company were already impressed by you. You do not need to try overtly hard to impress anyone. Just be yourself and work sincerely. Otherwise people will be able to detect your fakeness.

Conduct yourself in the proper manner

You will probably be working at the job where you have started or will be starting for quite some time. You will need to spend quite some time with the people in the office. Hence it is important to ensure that you make a good first impression on your colleagues and bosses. Try to be well-dressed and clean at all times. Be neat in your work. It is also important to be very well-mannered. Speak softly and politely with everyone at the office. This great first impression you make will help you in your work immensely in the future.

Loosen up

Remember, it is only natural to feel nervous when you first start out in a new job. It is important not to let the nerves overwhelm you and instead use your nervous energy to gain success at work.

Forget the tension and relax as everyone there will expect less in the first day. Try to overcome stress as much as possible and talk with your colleagues. You have to drop your shield and open up in front of the team so that they can bring you in.

If you are tense, your body will reflect the anxiousness. Breathe like you naturally do and take a break to get some fresh air if your shoulders are clenching.

Boost your confidence

Confidence is the key factor that will remove the new comer’s nervousness. Try to focus on your responsibilities and remember that you have outsmarted many candidates and got the opportunity to show your talent. You are there because the employers have found you fit for the organization.

Remember the excitement you felt when got the job. Your contemporary skill set has managed to impress the recruiters and you are there to contribute to the success story. Think how you can make the difference and get recognized in the crowd.

Go with the flow

You do not have to perform the best from the very first day. Try to absorb the work process at first and mould yourself as per requirement. Adaptation is the key and consequent evolution is the prime factor to become an important part of the team in near future. You will not have all the solutions ready. For that, you have to open up to your experienced colleagues to learn. After earning knowledge, get back to the colleagues with apt solution and show your capability.

Everyone faced the same

Do not compare yourself with everyone there. Of course, every other employee will be better as they have been in the process longer than you. Their knowledge and capabilities will be greater than yours at present but remember that they also started in a similar way like you are doing. They have their strengths and weaknesses. Being better next day is the key to success. Stop picturing yourself in the bottom of the ladder and smile.

Be normal and embrace the new

Uncertainty is an intrinsic part of life. If you knew the outcome then the new process will be not challenging and adventurous. Embrace the new in a normal way and ward off the nervousness. Do not get tensed thinking of the outcome. Accomplish the assigned tasks and slowly move forward. Learn new things and implement them.

Final Tip: Take the new workplace as a mission. Complete a level everyday and have fun doing it.

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