Nervous about your new job?

Nervous about your new job?

Starting in a new job is an exciting moment. After all, it is a big change and can bring some challenges. Learn here how to control your nerves.

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Nervous about a new job? 

For many, change does not feel comfortable. Are you nervous about your new job and do you have doubts after a few days? Then keep the following in mind: 

You were hired for a reason 

The chances are that you have gone through a lengthy selection process in which you have turned out to be the best match with the employer. During this process, you probably also passed other candidates, who were less suitable. 

Don't feel discouraged at the prospect of having to prove yourself, but have faith that you are in the right place. 

Your manager wants you to succeed too 

People who start in a new job are often nervous at first. But realise that your manager can be just as nervous. The person who hired you also has an interest in your success; it proves the right match between you, the position and the organisation, and therefore the manager's ability to spot the right talent. 

Your manager will therefore welcome you as supportive and helpful as possible, seek cooperation proactively

Growth is in change 

Remind yourself of your resilience: think back to moments when you had to deal with (big) changes in your life, such as a move, a new environment or changes in the family situation. This will help you to control your nerves; after all, starting a new job can also be seen as a big change. 

Be patient and see everything in perspective 

Put nerves about your new job in perspective: these emotions are temporary. Focus on what you want to achieve and how you are going to do this. This will give you a sense of control over your future again. 

It is natural to experience nerves when starting a new job and responsibilities. Give it time, and you will see that in a short time you will have grown into your role and feel relaxed again. 

Connect with your colleagues 

Communication with your colleagues and superiors is important. Don't be shy about asking for help, even if it's just to find out where the nearest gym is or the best place to have lunch. 

The sooner you get to know your colleagues and the working methods within the organisation, the sooner you will feel relaxed in your new job. 

Everyone has a first day at work 

Finally, don't forget that everyone around you has experienced 'a first day at work'. Being nervous about your new job may feel uncomfortable but it is completely natural. Stay positive during this introductory phase! 

If you still do not feel at peace after six months, talk to your manager and see together what actions can be taken.

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