tips when starting a new job
Excitement.  Nerves.  Anticipation.  Starting a new job brings up all sorts of intense emotions.  You want to make a great impression, but you’re nervous that you won’t know what to do.  Or nervous that your nerves themselves will get the better of you.

But when we feel prepared, we’re less nervous .  Luckily, there are a few things you can do that will not only make you less nervous but will present you in the best possible light to your new boss and co-workers. Here are a few tips to reduce the anxiety about starting a new job.

1. Make a graceful exit.

It’s pretty obvious, but before you start a new job, you need to resign from your old one.  This may be difficult for any number of reasons, but there is a right way and a wrong way:

  • First and foremost, do it in person, and back it up in writing
  • Don’t procrastinate.  As soon as you have written confirmation of an offer, put in your resignation
  • Be respectful and gracious – you never know when you might run into your old boss or co-workers again, so no matter how tempting it may be, don’t burn your bridges
  • Offer a fair period of notice.  Generally, employers expect at least one pay cycle, but if you are in a crucial or hard-to-fill role, your employer may need more time.  Be prepared to negotiate

2. Keep your new boss in the loop

Once you have agreed an end date, let you new boss know, in writing.  This is also a good time to check with them if there is anything specific you need to know for your first day/week.  Will you be in training?  If so, where and with whom?  Is there are uniform, and if so, when and how do you go about getting it?

This is also a good time to express your thanks and excitement about starting your new role.

3. Skills review when starting a new job

Before you start your new job, review your skills.  Particularly the ones you will be using in your new role.  Is there anything that needs brushing up?  Will you be using Excel again after not needing it for a while?  Are there any soft skills – like telephone manner that you need to refresh?  Now is the time to do a little dusting off, not only to make a good impression, but to give you confidence in those first daunting weeks.

4. Clean house

Both literally and figuratively.  If you have time off between jobs it’s great to get to those things you don’t usually have time for out of the way.  Go to the dentist, clean out your emails, clean out your pantry.  You will feel lighter and more prepared.

5. Wardrobe review

We all feel good when we look good.  As with cleaning house, before starting a new job is a great time to do a wardrobe review.  Is your current work wardrobe suitable for your new job?  Do your clothes all fit?  Are they clean and in good repair?  Now is the time to pick up anything you might need, get the dry cleaning done, or repair the heels on your shoes.  If you will be wearing a uniform, check with your new boss what is required and how you go about getting one.

Oh, and get a haircut!

6. Research

Before you went for the interview you likely did some research on the company you will be working for.  It’s now time to dig a little deeper.  Check out the backgrounds of your co-workers.  This will give you some pointers as to the culture of the company, and ideas on what to talk about as you get to know your colleagues!

anxiety starting a new job

7. A little planning

Plan your first day.  What are you going to wear?  Have it all laid out and ready so you don’t get caught short on the day.  Are you driving or catching public transport?  What is the best route?  When will you need to leave?  If it’s a complicated route you might even like to do a practice run so you aren’t anxious about being late on the first day.  And if you’re going public transport, make sure your transit card has enough funds on it to get you to your destination!

It’s also a good idea to pack some food.  There may be a lunchroom, or a local café, but the last thing you want is to go all day without food because you weren’t prepared.  Even if it’s just a couple of muesli bars to stop your tummy rumbles.

8. Rest before starting a new job

You want to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, so make sure you get enough rest in the days before you start work.  If you are having trouble sleeping because of nerves or excitement, give some simple meditation a go.  And resist the urge to go out and celebrate the night before.

Remember, first impressions last, so you want to start with a good one.  If you can manage to get through at least some of these suggestions, your first week will not only be less stressful, but you will be happy for that first impression to last.

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