Close
Need more options? Browse Jobs by Company, Date Posted, Job Title, and more job categories
Search
Advice » In the Workplace» Starting a New Job » How To Handle New Job Jitters
How To Handle New Job Jitters

How To Handle New Job Jitters


By Cheryl Stein
Monster Contributing Writer



Starting a new job can be absolutely terrifying. We wonder if we will succeed, if people will like us, and if we were properly trained. We wonder if we will get fired, if we will make friends, if we will have an impact and if we will make a difference. The strangest thing about all this worry is that we keep it inside. We don’t tell anyone that we doubt ourselves.

The reason why we do this is that we think that we are the only ones in the history of the world who have ever felt the way that we are feeling. We invest in all kinds of strategies to convince others that we are nothing but confidant. We pretend to know things that we don’t, we pretend to have done things that we haven’t ever done and we try with all our might to speak with absolute certainty and conviction.

I am here to tell you that you are not alone.

Almost everyone who cares about doing a good job has had these same feelings that you are feeling. What few of us realize is that everyone who has ever worked anywhere has started work on their first day. That means that the day before their first day of work, they were just as nervous as you and were just as eager to do a good job.

Did you ever stop to think that even CEO’s of major companies get nervous when they start a new job?

And I bet you that you can probably find millions of people who have gone to work with the worry that someone was going to catch them doing a job that should have gone to someone else. The way that you are feeling is totally normal.

Being nervous about how well you will do is actually a healthy thing. Our nervousness gives us the energy to do our best and to learn as much as we can to do our jobs well. Think about it, if you didn’t care so much, how hard would you try to impress people by learning and doing quickly?

Here are some tips to deal with being nervous:

  • Try and remember other times in your life when you have started something new. Past success can be a great way to remind yourself of what you are capable of.
  • Give yourself a pep talk. Talking to yourself about how normal your feelings are is a great way prepare for success.
  • Look around you and picture everyone in the organization on their first day. If you remind yourself that everyone has been in your shoes then you won’t feel quite so badly.
  • Tell yourself that nervous energy is good energy. Using the feeling of being nervous to propel yourself forward is a great way to deal with these difficult feelings.

It is okay to take some time to learn a new job. Give yourself a break if you don’t know everything right away. All jobs have a learning curve and take time to master.


Latest Jobs

Toys R us Canada
Posted: 09/30/2014
CALGARY, AB, T2JOP8
Toys R us Canada
Posted: 09/30/2014
CALGARY, AB, T2JOP8
Toys R us Canada
Posted: 09/30/2014
CALGARY, AB, T2JOP8
Toys R us Canada
Posted: 09/30/2014
CALGARY, AB, T2JOP8
Toys R us Canada
Posted: 09/30/2014
KAMPLOOPS, BC, V2C6T6

Want more personalized results?  Update Your Profile

 
 
 

Career Centre

Tools to help your job hunt.
Tools to help your job hunt.
Research careers here.
Research careers here.
How does your work experience compare to others?
How does your work experience compare to others?
Look perfect on paper - get your resume professionally written.
Look perfect on paper - get your resume professionally written.
Get coached for your interview. Gain confidence to get the job.
Get coached for your interview. Gain confidence to get the job.
Know what a job pays.
Know what a job pays.
More Career Centre Resources

Screening Candidates

Alt text
We all carry around some prejudice. Are you immune? Not likely. Here's how to work through your human foibles to get the best candidate.

Workforce Planning

Alt text
Here some Canadian resources that are available to entrepreneurs to help them get the back up that they need to run their businesses effectively.

For Seekers

Resume Writing Service
Our experts will craft a keyword-rich resume that stands out in the crowd.
Compare Your Salary
See how your pay stacks up to others in your field
Free Salary Wizard
What are you worth? Find out and negotiate a better salary.
Research Careers
Get information on jobs and career paths to help guide your choices
Interview Preparation
Gain an interview advantage with step-by-step preparation
Other Services

For Employers

Career Ad Network
Target your job posting to more candidates on thousands of websites.
Hiring Home Page
Find the best candidates for your business with Monster hiring solutions.
Job Postings
Find the right solution for your hiring needs. Starting at $175.
Power Resume Search
Monster's new search technology precisely matches people with your jobs.
Resource Centre
Find staffing insights, labor trends, HR best practices and more.

Social Media

Career help on Facebook
Follow Monster.ca on Facebook. Ask career questions, find career related answers.
Monster Careers
Tune into our career advice and discussions tackling a wide range of topics and industries.
Monster Corporate & PR
Stay up-to-date on the latest news. Get the 'Who', 'What', 'When', and 'Why' on all things Monster related.
Monster Advice Forums
Tap into Monster's online career forums and share advice with experts.

Other Links

Monster Company Profiles
Explore companies and get information to guide your career decisions.
Compare Salaries
See how your pay stacks up to others in your field.
iPhone Application
Download the Monster app for iPhone and iPod touch.
Monster Job Seeker Blog
The Monster Job Seeker Blog.
Jobs & Career Advice
Find jobs in your industry of choice and use the associated resources to boost your search.
Search Jobs:
For Employers: Post Jobs | Search Resumes
About Monster | Work for Monster | AdChoices | Investor Relations | Monster Network
Terms of Use | Privacy Centre | Help | Security | Contact Us | Sitemap| Mobile
©2014 Monster - All Rights Reserved U.S. Patents No. 5,832,497; 7,599,930 B1; 7,827,125 and 7,836,060 MWW - Looking for Monster Cable? - V: 2014.4.55.59-312
eTrustLogo