No matter how much you trust in your abilities or how much experience you have, the first days in a new job are always nerve-wracking, as the new situation brings along a new challenge, but also means change. New things don't always feel comfortable right away. So, if you have doubts after just a few days, you should keep the following in mind.

You were hired for a reason, which is that your new employer believes in you. The chances are that you came through a lengthy selection process and beat a number of other candidates before being selected as the successful one.

Being singled out in this way ups the ante on you to prove your employer right, but rather than feeling daunted at the prospect, remember you already have their vote of confidence – so you have every reason to believe that you’re up to the job.

See your boss as an ally who wants you to do well

The person who employed you has a vested interest in your success because it proves they were right to hire you in the first place.
Your boss is usually at least as nervous as you are, because they have to prove their ability to recognize talents. Consider your boss an ally who only wants the best for you.

Change brings you forward

Remembering a time when you had to deal with a big change in your circumstances always helps to prevent nerves getting the better of you. Starting a new job is one of those life-changing events, so drawing on previous positive experiences is a great way to remember just how resilient you can be when you have to be.

Jotting down a few instances when you coped effectively with change in the past, and reminding yourself of the approaches that you used can help reinforce how much you are capable of. It’s also worth reminding yourself why you left your old job in the first place. You opted for change when you chose to further your career and realise your potential, so don’t look back now.

Make a plan, and remain patient

Focusing in on goals and having a long-term strategy helps you to see the bigger picture. Map out where you want to get to and how you intend on getting there. Be as detailed as possible. Not only will this give you a greater sense of control over your future, but you’ll also get some perspective on the temporary nature of those initial job jitters.

Expect to experience some anxiety as you get used to your new role and take on new responsibilities, but by staying focused, keeping a positive outlook and being productive, you’ll grow into the job and you’ll soon feel much happier.

Make new contacts

It can be tempting to go into your shell when you start a new job, but try not to isolate yourself. You may not be the naturally outgoing type but communicating with managers and new colleagues is important.

Don’t be afraid to seek help, even if it’s only to ask where the nearest gym or good place to have lunch is. The sooner you get to know the people you work with and how things are done in the workplace, the more relaxed you’ll feel in your new job.

One last thought

Don’t forget that everyone has had their first day in the office once. It is normal to feel excited and tense, because changes are often unpleasant in the beginning. During your trial period, you should do your best to stay positive and make a real effort. If the situation still feels awkward after six months, then you should talk to your supervisor to get support on how to proceed in the future.