3 things that will build your confidence in a new job

I know what it’s like when nerves take over especially in a new environment and nothing beats being out of your comfort zone like a new job – we’ve all been there. 

A key thing to remember is that EVERYONE was once the “new person”, so allow yourself to be the newbie and embrace it. I used to wish my first few months of my new job away, hating the fact that I was new and didn’t know much. But I’ve learnt that this is the golden time to enjoy your job with the room to learn without the pressure of having to know it all. 

Here’s a few tips to help tackle those newbie nerves and build your confidence in a new job. 

1. Kit yourself out

I don’t know about you, but clothing helps me to express my style and nothing boosts my confidence more than a few key pieces from my wardrobe. I use this opportunity (of starting a new job) as a “treat me” moment – a few little pieces will do. A blazer, a big, top or pair of shoes will give you that extra boost that you need – trust me.

2. Learn as you go 

Don’t let not knowing everything put you off the job. Remember that growth is definitely a process. I once read a really inspiring quote from Richard Branson which radically changed my mindset: “say yes and learn later”. It always stuck with me because I realised that majority of the time, people in their roles don’t always know the answer and it is all about learning as you go along.  

Bonus: Remember what you did really well in your old job and where relevant, implement in your current environment. Whether that’s making a cup of tea or suggesting tried and tested ways of working to a colleague (without stepping on toes!) will help to boost your confidence.

3. Create a ‘superhero’ folder

I read this somewhere and it really works! Create a folder in your inbox and title it something positive like ‘superhero’ or ‘achievements’ and put all the emails that you receive where someone has thanked you for something whether it’s providing support or working on a project or engaging with a customer. I do this in my roles and it has really helped me to remember the things I have achieved and what I’m capable of doing – especially when I’m having a down day. It’s also an excellent reference point for job applications!  

Are you starting a new role? Comment below how you’re getting on and whether you’ll try any of these tips xx


  1. Frances
    October 2, 2019 / 8:08 pm

    Thank you for this article. Resumed a new job today and I was the newbie again. I have decided to be open minded and learn as I go.

    • lifeofnkem
      October 2, 2019 / 8:30 pm

      You’re welcome Frances! Congratulations on your new job, definitely keep learning as you go! 🙂

  2. Damilola
    October 6, 2019 / 8:02 am

    Nice article, I’m sure it would work perfectly for anyone resuming a new job. ?

    • lifeofnkem
      October 23, 2019 / 2:44 pm

      Thank you, I really hope so! 🙂

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