Changing Jobs

Dear, Anita,

I just accepted a new position with my company and am very excited about the opportunity… yet at the same time, I’m feeling really nervous about the change. What are some ways I can overcome my fears?

Dear, “New and Nervous,”

ButterflyCongratulations on this new chapter in your career! Changing jobs is a part of life, and the fear that goes along with each change is only natural. Our human instinct is to stay within a certain comfort zone, develop habits, and stick with routines that are familiar to us. The idea of rocking the boat with change tends to heighten our anxieties and can create unwanted stress.

The key is to simply reset your frame of mind.

  1. Don’t look at change as a bad thing. This is a very exciting time for you! You need to embrace the opportunities that come with it. I often remind myself that life is not a dress rehearsal. We only get one chance to live our life (“YOLO” in Generation Y terms) – to grow, learn new things, and expand our horizons. If you find yourself stuck in a rut for any reason, it’s up to you to make a change for the better.
  2. Get through the fear of the unknown. Take a good look at what’s worrying you. Is it the money? The commute? The new routine? Make a list of all the things you’re concerned about and break down each item. More often than not, you’ll find that some of the things you’re concerned about are trivial – or anxieties you’ve built up in your head that can be easily addressed and resolved. I also think you’ll find that the things you fear most won’t actually happen to you.
  3. Live in the present. Dwelling on your past role or worrying about what your new position is going to be like will only drive you nuts. Don’t miss out on what’s happening TODAY; enjoy those feelings of anticipation and excitement. When you get into the groove of your new position, give it 100%.
  4. Be resourceful. The fact that you’re starting a new position with the same company gives you the upper hand. Most people go through the same jitters – and they’re starting fresh out the gate with little or no experience with the company or environment. Take advantage of the people and resources available to you. Most of your doubts and concerns will quickly fade away as you engage in your new position. Ask questions along the way, and learn everything there is to know about the role and what is expected of you. Once you have a clear picture in your head, you will quickly get into a new rhythm and find yourself in a new routine that works for you (just like the one you’re accustomed to now!)

All in all, change is good, and the time you spend at work should be stimulating, invigorating, and exciting. A friend once told me that if you don’t feel those little butterflies in your stomach anymore in your current role, then it’s time to make a change. So get out that butterfly net and go for it!

Best Wishes,

Anita

Readers: How have you handled the uncertainty that comes with either a promotion or a new job?

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. nextwavecreator
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 04:33:57

    Reblogged this on Blanche Nuit and commented:
    Changing is not always bad. It leads to improvement and better as well. Anita Clew is correctly providing good blog post about change.

    Reply

  2. Successful Enterprises
    Sep 23, 2013 @ 19:26:46

    This is some great advice! Alot of times we as people see change as something to fear. However sometimes the “shift” is necessary to grow and learn new things. Nice article! I love the color of your page too:)

    Reply

  3. LINDA HARRIS PALMER
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 12:46:59

    Ms Anita did you recive my application and resume or would it be best if I come in I am really in need of a job real bad

    Reply

    • anitaclew
      Sep 18, 2013 @ 13:41:40

      As I am not an employee of Select Staffing, I am unable to help you. You usually get an e-mail with Select Staffing contact information once they’ve reviewed your application. If you haven’t received an e-mail after one week, I would try calling your Personnel Supervisor at your local branch.

      Reply

  4. Trenton Porter
    Sep 17, 2013 @ 13:22:42

    Hey miss Anita

    Sent from my iPhone

    Reply

  5. Shawn
    Sep 17, 2013 @ 12:41:39

    Hello,

    It’s been 2 years and I still can not find a job in my field.

    I do not know what I am doing wrong because every company I apply for gets 10,000 resumes, even the small companies get 1,000 resumes.

    What can I do to improve my chances?

    Shawn

    Sent from my iPad

    Reply

  6. GED 123 Rat
    Sep 17, 2013 @ 09:06:28

    What kind position guys have am exciting to work for you

    Reply

  7. Miss RS
    Sep 17, 2013 @ 08:37:00

    Congrats, New and Nervous : ) See new things as a new adventure and ways to expand your knowledge of different areas. Cool! I’m always happy when someone gets a blessing.

    Reply

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