It's 2017, how did that happen so quickly?!
This time of year is when most people will make some New Years resolutions and start thinking about how they want to make 2017 an amazing year. One of those resolutions may be to find a new job?
In October I started a new job.
Starting a new job can be a very daunting, worrying and an unsettling experience, you spend so much of your life at work you really need to enjoy your job or it can impact you whole life massively.
Mid last year my job security was taken away and the job I once loved and enjoyed had changed so much that I no longer loved it (I still loved the company, I want to put that out there, just not my role within it). I started to not enjoy going into work, this is when I knew it was time for a change. Even though I wasn't happy at work I had been there for 3 years, I had made so many wonderful friends, I felt confident in my ability, I knew the job inside-out and it was almost like my second home, with a second family so the thought of leaving that was pretty scary.
I started looking for a new role and (luckily) I was offered the first job I applied for, the process of going through many interviews to get the job was very scary but when I was offered my new role I was over the moon, I thought "That's it, I've got a new job!" but this is when the unsettling feelings came in......
"Have I made the right decision?"
"How am I going to hand my notice in?"
"Is my boss going to be funny with me for handing in my notice?"
"Are the people at my new place going to like me?"
"What if I am not good at my new job?"
"Am I brave enough to meet all of these new people?"
You name it, I thought it!
I handed my notice in a few days later and I worked my notice period which wasn't as scary as I had anticipated, actually it wasn't bad at all, everyone was lovely and very happy for me.
I cried like a big baby on my last day, as did my work friends, and that was it.....off I went.
Your first day in a new job takes you back to your first day of school doesn't it?!
I was the new girl in my new
The people I work with are fantastic and have been hugely supportive, and I am very lucky to have an brilliant boss who supports me with everything too!
I now work in recruitment, meeting and interviewing people myself daily. I like to think I am a kind and caring person who puts people at ease quickly, so I feel writing this post (having experience on both sides) shows that everyone, no matter what job they go into, feels unsettled and nervous at first.
I am very good at putting on my 'work-face' I always have been and probably always will be, but the more time that passes the more my 'work-face' is actually me enjoying my job, rather than putting it on.
After a few months I started making the company money, the satisfying feeling of actually making money for your company and being recognised and rewarded for this is just the best feeling and confidence boost in the world.
So why am I sharing this with you?
It's the New Year and lots of people start thinking about looking for a new role as they aren't 100% happy in their current job, but some people will put this off due to being far too nervous about the process, so if that's you reading this now, do it, do it today!
Life is far to short to be unhappy and we should all be using our skills daily and be motivated to be the best you can be. Putting yourself out there is a brave thing to do, but remember that we are all human (yes, even us recruiters interviewing you), we all get nervous and we all have emotions, but you can be strong and you can ride these feelings out.....why? Because the benefits can be life changing.
I am now extremely happy in my job, I still have a lot to learn but this will come with time, I love helping other people find their perfect role and I get to do this on a daily basis!
Have you been through these feelings of being unsettled and scared when starting a new job? It would great great to share your stories in the comments below for everyone to read.