Does anyone else get really nervous when starting a new job? I hate being the new girl and not knowing exactly what I’m doing. I have faith in my customer service and sales skills and I’ve figured out that I have to use formal terms like sir and ma’am more often than I normally would down here. But still…it’s scary going into an entirely new career. The only thing that makes me feel better is that the manager who recommended that the dealership hire me also moved here from NE Ohio and has worked his way up to a high-level position in 5 years. When I interviewed with him, we had basically everything in common. I guess if he was successful at this dealership, there’s a good chance I will be too. I’m going to keep drinking this wine and going over nice-sounding sales pitches in my head as I pace in circles around my apartment. By Monday morning I will be one big ball of nerves.
I hate the new job nerves. I just started a new job Monday. The stuff that makes me nervous is things like not knowing where the bathroom is, and is it ok to put my stuff in the fridge, and where can I put my stuff, and what time is lunch? But my first week went really well, and I’m sure yours will too! Do you start tomorrow? Good luck!
I know what you mean. When I get back from vacation I will be starting a paid internship that pays more than I’ve ever been paid in my life and its doing what I’d like to do. I’m so excited for it but I’m sure I’ll also be super nervous. But you’re already so happy where you are that I feel like you would also be happy at your new job. It also sounds like there will be the opportunity for growth, which is AWESOME and something you didn’t really have before. You got this!
My kindle put awesome in all caps. I guess I like to do that a lot, but it fits!
Pshaw, no– in fact you are in the ideal position when you have just started a new job. You are special because you are new, and nobody expects you to know anything. You can start every question with “this is my first day here– can you help me” or “Hi, I just started xxx and I don’t know yyy do you know it?” So I think you should work that for up to one month!
You are fortunate that you managed to set up your own apartment, living alone, and you can do what you like. Practice your sales as much as necessary and go for the win. Ignore everything else.
I start my new job on Monday morning. And when I saw the awesome in all caps it actually made me hear the Barney Stinson voice in my head saying awesome, so hopefully that sticks with me through the entirety of Monday. I know this is a good thing because this dealership only promotes from within. Every manager there started out exactly where I am, so there’s guaranteed opportunity for growth as long as I trot out every bit of my inner awesomeness. But it’s still kinda scary venturing into a new workplace where I don’t know the people or the business that well. Monday will be an adventure for sure.
Thanks for the good thoughts. I appreciate it. I’ve somehow avoided fear through the whole process of quitting my job, losing my health insurance, and relocating to a new city 600 miles away. Somehow, it’s the new job that made fear and insecurity a reality again. I guess I have to keep reminding myself of my previous successes in sales and keep up the confidence that got me the job offer in the first place.
Nevermind the new job jitters… How is the NEW apartment?
My apartment is great! It’s 650 square feet of awesomeness. The bathroom is much bigger than my old one and there is no carpet in it to grow black mold. The kitchen has nice fake wood floors, a dishwasher and garbage disposal (that’s right, I had none of these things in my old apartment). My living room and bedroom are twice as big as my former ones, and I have a cute little terrace to go look at the stars and drink outside. My walk-in closet is amazing. I don’t even have enough cute clothes to fill it up. And when I go outside, I have an amazing pool and tennis courts right up the hill about 100 yards. I love where I live!! And it’s only $600/mo plus 50 for electric. I seriously love it here and wish I had moved here a long time ago. I was paying $250/mo for electric in Ohio because it was cold and I was driving 38 miles each way to work. My new job is 5 miles away. Win win.
Sounds fabulous! Be sure to use that pool! And fix up that little terrace. I get so sad when I see an under-utilized balcony…
Your new apartment sounds really nice. If you had the courage and strength to move and start over, you will be fine in NC. Good luck on Monday!
Hi Anna, I know you are busy and this is off-topic, but I hope it is OK to post it here. I am wondering if you might like to join this meetup:
It looks like they are having a Patio Party on Tuesday.
I have met some really good friends through my meetup.com groups. I haven’t joined a singles group, but I am thinking about it.
Have a great day at the new job tomorrow!
I don’t live in Raleigh Durham, but have thought about joining one of those Meet Up groups. It just makes me nervous to show up at one alone. Maybe I am overthinking it. Do lots of people show up at them alone?
TECH, as far as I know, everyone always shows up alone! That is the really good thing about it. Everyone is alone and going there to meet people. And you gradually get to know some of them better, as time goes by.
I always get nervous before my first day, too. It’s normal. I was even nervous starting my current position and I’d been temping for a few months at the same place!!! You’ll be fine. Just be friendly and ask all the questions you want/need. Be confident that you were hired for a reason.