New Year - New Job?

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 uniform clothes (we all buy new clothes for a new job right? Maybe it's the retail therapy we need to help with the stress) and I was shown to my desk.

(Yes, this is me on my first day of school, with a beautiful cut on my face from falling over!!)

In the first few weeks I met lots of new people and went on lots of different training courses, even going to the Cotswolds for a 3 day training course with other newbies across the country, but the unsettled feeling was still there. I came home and told my other half on several occasions "I can't do it" or "I am not going to be good at it, ever!" and these first few weeks were a roller-coaster of emotions!

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!
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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.

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28 Comments:

  1. It is great to hear that you are in a New Job that you enjoy. There is nothing worse than having to spend time in a job you dislike as you spend most of your life at work! Sad but true x

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  2. I had that exact same feeling except a recruiter reached out to me when I wasn't looking for a position quiet yet. Its very stressful to think about if your making the right decision and leaving all your friends, but luckily as you said everyone was very happy for me and I even went back to their Christmas party this past year and it was great to see everyone! Its great to have that experience of leaving because it allowed me to know that you don't have to burn bridges every time and you can still email them once in a while to say hello and happy holidays.

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  3. Thanks for sharing :) I've recently found out that I've been kept on from a temp position x

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  4. Am so glad you are now happy in your new job, there is nothing worse than being in a job you are no longer happy in x

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  5. Congrats on the New Job! I remember those days of being terrified of the interview process. I really miss my old job and loved it so much but since meeting my fiance and moving out of the country, i'm basically retired and so I started our blog as something for me to do and I love it. But as much as I love it and have started many businesses in the past and sold them, this one just does not seem to fill the void of getting out and talking to people and I do miss my job so very much! Happy New Year and Cheer to a great 2017

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  6. Congrats on the new job! I'm job hunting at the moment and I know how rare it is to find something you love :D xx

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  7. Happy new year. Congratulations on your new job. I don't do resolutions as i never keep them

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  8. Starting a new job can be such a scary thing - I started mine in July, and before I'd even been to the office, went on an away weekend with my colleagues. Turns out it was the best way to get to know them, and I went in on the Monday as if I'd known everyone for ages!

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  9. Congrats on getting this job and enjoying it. I have been with my company for over 3 years and lately its been scary and even thought about doing up my cv but I am hesitate and not sure if moving is the best decision. I want to think it .

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  10. I am actually on the same path myself so props to you for recognizing that you needed to make a change. GO YOU. I have had enough of an unstable income because of many jobs so I have a couple of interviews lined up this week in the field of digital media which I am looking forward to. Fingers crossed!

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  11. So pleased to hear that you are now enjoying your 'new' job. The first few weeks are really tiring while you find out how everything and everyone works. Great advice for anyone who is thinking about changing jobs.

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  12. If something isn't making you happy in life then I 100% think the best thing is to break away and start afresh! I did this with my own career xxx

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  13. Gosh that new job anxiety is just the worst! I'm glad your coworkers have made the transition easy on you. Your new job sounds great!

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  14. I am so glad you are enjoying your new job! Making a big change like that can be so scary so good for you for having the guts to just go out and try something new. I can tell you'd be good at making people feel at ease, your writing style is really lovely and engaging! happy 2017 :) xx

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  15. Glad to hear your new job worked out for you - it's always scary stepping into the unknown like a new job x

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  16. Congrats on your new job. It an amazing feeling to leave your old job behind. Good luck with everything. xx

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  17. I was constantly looking for a new job early last year and unfortunately just couldn't find anything despite applying to loads of companies. I find the hard part is finding the new job!

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  18. Leaving one job for another is a risk and can be nerve wracking. I'm glad it worked out in the end for you. Glad to hear you have already been recognised for your efforts there too x

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  19. aw congrats on your new job! you took the opportunity, found the right time to do it and it worked for you.

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  20. Its always scary but go you and I wish you lots of happiness and good luck with your new job

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  21. Starting a new job is so scary, I had to do it twice in a foreign country where I couldn't even speak the language very well! Sounds like this was a great move for you though, hopefully you'll continue to thrive :)

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  22. I bet starting a new job is scary. I've been in the same job for nearly 15 years now,perhaps it's time to move on.

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  23. I sacked off my old job because I ended up depressed. I couldn't deal with it, so quit and went freelance. I then missed routine and now I'm back full time at a wonderful company. Good luck with your job!

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  24. Congrats on your new job, wishing you the best of luck with your new job

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  25. congratulations on the new job. Before kids I worked as a consultant in the city so would change companies quite regularly. I used to love it, meeting new people, working in new places. The whole work hard play hard was wonderfully exciting!

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  26. PMA is so important! Good luck with the job and we wish you all the success in 2017 x

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  27. I love that scared feeling of starting a new job. That good scary feeling! Miss that! Cant wait to start working when my son does to school!

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