5 ways to overcome first day nerves in a new job

So you’ve received a job offer, signed on the dotted line and are about to embark upon the first day at your new job. Feeling jittery? We don’t blame you.

Being the new girl anywhere can be a bit nerve-wracking when you don’t know anyone or where anything is, but follow these tips and you’ll be settling in like a dream in no time.

Here are 5 ways to conquer first day of work nerves.

1. Be prepared

You’re probably already hyper-organised since you’re the one who landed the job, but make sure you’ve prepared any materials you’ll need for the first day. Do any research you need to, check public transportation schedules and map out your route, plan your outfit and make sure it’s cleaned/ironed the night before.

2. Be kind…to yourself

Give yourself a running start by getting a good night’s sleep and waking up a bit early on the day of. Tell yourself that being nervous is normal and okay, and you’re going to do your best.

If you feel your heart start pounding out of your chest, try some mindfulness exercises or deep breathing. Maybe eat a hearty breakfast or do an early morning yoga class to kick off the day. Whatever your strategy, take it easy on yourself and your body.

3. Dress for success

When it comes to choosing what to wear on the first day, it’s all about confidence and professionalism. Dress slightly more formal than you may need to, and keep it simple and classy.

And unless your new office is super informal and creative, we suggest playing it safe with natural-looking make-up. Being comfortable in your skin and clothes will make your day infinitely better – and make you feel more relaxed.

4. Remember why you’re there

You were handpicked for this role because you were the best woman for the job. Your employers clearly believe in you, so you should believe in yourself, too! And nobody expects you to know everything about the company or remember everyone’s name right away – they had a learning curve, too.

5. Be friendly

You may or may not find your work BFFs on the first day, but a genuine smile and taking a bit of interest in the people around you will go a long way.

By Reenat Sinay