I didn’t actually anticipate having to write a post about starting a new job. Tbh, I thought I’d be staying at my old job until I became a madly successful blogger/writer, at which point I’d spectacularly quit and go and live a life that involved excessive amounts of reading, writing, PJs and prosecco.
It didn’t quite work out like that.
I just happened to spot an ad in a shop window for a new coffee shop and thought, ‘why the heck not?’. Sure, the money was the same (maybe actually a little lower) and I would have less control over my days off (in my old job we opened 5 days a week so I always knew I’d have Sunday and Monday off. My new workplace opens every day apart from Christmas Day. Woohoo. I sent in my hastily assembled resume (I’d never done one before, apart from at school so used a Google Docs template and used
I sent in my hastily assembled resume (I’d never done one before, apart from at school so used a Google Docs template and used this article as a guide to help with my cover letter). A phone call a couple of days later; an interview the following week, then I got the job and gave my week’s notice. It all happened within a fortnight. I’d been at my previous job for 8 years and hadn’t really been thinking about leaving so it felt like a MASSIVE deal.
So why am I starting a new job?
Yes, you may be wondering why I would go for a less money and worse hours. Well, this one has more prospects and fewer hours. I think (I actually made my old boss promise to take me back if he could – leave on good terms people). We’ll see. There’ll be no more split shifts at least, which means that I can spend more time on my blog, rather than having to spend an hour of two here and there.
I’m hoping that the reduced wage packet will really spur me on to do things like sort out my email course opt-in and this afternoon (I have a day off on a WEDNESDAY which is weird) I hope to finally get around to sorting out a Facebook page.
Also, I was ready for a change. I’ve been doing uncertain, long hours for eight long years. My old job was fine, comfortable and familiar, but there was no chance for progress. The owner was looking towards retirement and had no desire to build his business, and wasn’t prepared to pay me to help him do so. This new job is the same hourly rate but with the chance to increase that and with less responsibility (I hope).
Tips for starting a new job
1 – Don’t worry about worrying
Of course you’re panicking. Change is scary. Read this for a more in-depth look at why we’re scared of change (spoiler: you’re engineered that way).
2 – Go with the flow
Try not to over think. I got bogged down with trying to work out if this was the right decision. You can’t possibly know that for at least a few weeks. Just enjoy being new and not having to know much, and try to keep your brain empty of anxiety so you can absorb new information like a sponge.
3 – Focus on the positives
There will be something, else you wouldn’t have accepted the job. Even if it’s something you can’t technically quantify, like that it’s simply not your old job. Or, in my case, that I should lose weight and be healthier because there won’t be free, unlimited pizza. Trust me, it sounds dreamy, but it’s my downfall.
4 – Don’t get bogged down with the negatives
Very few, if any, jobs are perfect, so if you go looking for cons, you will find them. That won’t help anybody, so try to make them work for you. Low pay? An opportunity to spur you on to acquire new skills/work on your side hustle/sell all your old crap to make some cash. Long shifts? Think of the exercise you’ll get by default. Every cloud has a silver lining. Corny, but true.
5 – Make friends
I don’t care if you’re not a people person (I’m not really if I’m honest). Fake it. If you’re naturally dark and twisty, fake being warm and sweet. Don’t lie or misrepresent yourself, but be open and SMILE. You will have to spend a lot of your time with these people and when you’re a grown up, you have fewer opportunities to make friends – make them at work and you won’t have to spend money socialising. I know that sounds a little…sad, but there you go.
You’ll. Be. Fine.
I know it’s scary, trust me. I’ve spent much of the previous two weeks trying not to throw up. Take this as an opportunity. You might meet your new best friend, who’s just as dark and twisty as you are. A job you thought you were ‘meh’ about might, in fact, segway into your dream career. Life can be odd like that – you might hate your job but be good at it. Our brains naturally begin to like things we’re good at (humans like praise, positive results, and security, all of which happen if you’re good at your job), so a job you HATED (waitressing for example), might segway into a great career in consulting for restaurant owners – utilising the skills you have without having to deal with the general public.
Our brains naturally begin to like things we’re good at (humans like praise, positive results, and security, all of which happen if you’re good at your job), so a job you HATED (waitressing for example), might segway into a great career in consulting for restaurant owners. You can utilise the skills you have without having to deal with the general public.
YOU GOT THIS.
Ugh, life. It seems like it was easier back in the day when you were told what to do. Granted, women could only be mothers or secretaries, so easier is definitely not always better. The knowledge that we can do WHATEVER we like is a little…overwhelming at times. As long as you’re moving forward (or staying the same if you’re happy), you’re going to be fine.