New Job Nerves

September 05, 2014

I'm sure most of us have experienced that sick feeling in the depths of our stomach the night before starting a new job.

"What if they don't like me?" 
"What if I mess up?"
"What's the best first day outfit?"
"What if everybody is really mean?"
"Who will I have lunch with?"
"What if I fall over and my skirt goes over my head but I knock myself out so i'm just there, on the floor, exposed?" (That might just be me. But can you imagine??)

These are all questions swirling around my head right now as I prepare for my first day in a new workplace. It's like being the new kid in school. Literally the new kid in school for me as i'm a teacher. Of course i'm excited for the new challenge and new students, but I can't deny that it's more than a little daunting. I am however feeling a lot more relaxed about it now than I was a couple of weeks ago and so thought I would share 8 tips for not only dealing with new job nerves but also having a great start to your new job too!

1) Remember that THEY hired YOU
Clearly, they saw something in you and believed that you could do the job. The first impression has been good, it now just needs to be maintained!

2) Prepare
Excuse me while the teacher in me comes out but as the saying goes... if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.
I remember it was my history teacher at school who once said this to me after a disappointing test result and it has always stuck with me. Go in ready. Know your stuff. All those claims you made in your interview? Make sure they are valid! Says the lady with a tonne of lesson planning to do *covers face*

3) Practice your route
How are you getting to said job? What time is your train? Which routes have the most traffic? Make sure your journey is sorted and plan to arrive a good 10-15 mins early. Even if just to grab a coffee first and relax. But remember some gum if you plan on a coffee right beforehand, coffee breath is not desirable right now.

4) Dress how you want to be addressed
This is a tricky one. Obviously, it is job dependent but we live in a world where often, your personality will have no bearing on a first impression. It may be someone senior just passing you in the corridor. All they will see is how you look. As a teacher, the range of attire seen at work tends to be very broad, however my personal view is that if I go in looking like a student, I immediately lose some authority. First days are hard because you might not be sure how others tend to dress there, but as a rule of thumb, at least for that first day, it is better to be overdressed than underdressed. 

5) Have fun the night before
Not too much fun, don't go out and get drunk or anything. But the night before, try and do something fun and totally unrelated to your job which will calm your nerves and prevent you from sitting at home and fretting. You could go to the cinema? Or the gym? Or for a nice meal. Just enjoy yourself so that you go to sleep happy and wake up relaxed. Of course don't sleep too late and have your outfit ready. 

6) Smile
So simple yet so effective. I am one of those unfortunate people who when my face is just neutral, I look like a bit of a cow. Therefore I tend to overcompensate for this by smiling a lot. Not in a weird creepy type way, you don't want people trying to avoid you. Just be approachable. If you pass someone, smile or say hi. You can't really complain that nobody will talk to you if you constantly look pissed off! 

7) Bring something to the table
Go in with an attitude of wanting to add something valuable to your team. Be innovative. How can you improve a system currently being used? Do you have a specific skill that could be really helpful? If you teach like me, add some of your best lessons to your department drive. Don't be cocky, nobody likes a know-it-all, but go in ready to impress with all that preparation you have done...

8) Go easy on yourself
Remember it's a new job. Nobody expects you to know everything and it is better to ask a hundred questions and get things right than to not ask and make a serious error!
That being said, errors will happen... but there are worse things that could happen. Learn from them and continue to shine. 

And if all that fails, throw caution to the wind and have a large swig of whiskey that morning.
No but really, it might help... no? Ok.

Wish me luck!

Ekaete xx

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  1. Good luck with your new job :) I love your blog and I have followed you with Bloglovin. If you ever get the chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo

  2. LOL I won't tell if you took that shot of whiskey! Do fireball so they think you had a cinnamon flavored latte or something! LOL. I love tip #4. Dress how you want to be addressed! That is huge! I hope you had an amazing first day!
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    1. haha! Thank you very much...
      And I had a fab first day :)


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