6 Tips to Help You Start A New Job (Suffering With Imposter Syndrome)

Do you remember that fear? 😱

The butterflies as you walk to the door (or turn on the laptop); the pressure to perform...

Starting a new job can be very scary.

(In fact, I've already written a blog with 9 Ways to Survive That Scary First Week in a New Job.)

But when you have Imposter Syndrome, it is even scarier.

And starting a new job is actually a common trigger for developing Imposter Syndrome...

Which means it's all the more important to know what you can do to help yourself!

You don't want to layer an undermining inner critic onto the understandable nerves.

So this week's blog post has 6 tips to help you when you're starting a new job suffering with Imposter Syndrome.

And each one has its own mantra, or saying, for you to use to help you build you own inner cheerleader instead.

Read on to find out more! 😁

✴️ 1. Take the pressure off

One of the most common problems for people with Imposter Syndrome (and one I definitely suffered from) was feeling that they need to be an Expert, instantly, on Day One.

This is simply not true!

No-one is an expert on their first day.

Employers don't appoint people who can do the job expertly straight away, they employ someone they believe can BECOME an expert.

Honestly, if you are expert on day one, you're overqualified and in the wrong job.

So take the pressure off yourself!

Remind yourself that it's a good thing to have scope to learn; and that enthusiasm and commitment are what your bosses are currently looking for - not instant expertise.

"I enjoy learning and growing into my new role."

✴️ 2. Remember your skills and experience

You may be new to this job, but you are arriving with useful skills and knowledge. Even if this is your first job, you are arriving with something to offer.

It can be easy to forget this when most of what you are experiencing is brand new - and it can sometimes be hard to see how to apply what you already know in the new context.

But this is a matter of confidence.

If you allow yourself to feel overawed and ignorant, it's not going to help you perform well (or feel good about yourself).

So keep remembering your achievements.

If you haven't done one yet, create an "I'm proud of myself" file where you record things you've achieved - however small, and read it regularly.

Remind yourself of all the amazing examples you gave during your interview - those are all things you actually did.

In my brain-retraining that cured my chronic fatigue, we learned a particularly powerful phrase: "if I can do THAT, I can do anything".

You fill in the "that" in your own head - your own personal greatest achievement. For me at the time, it was giving up smoking (which was the hardest thing I'd done up to that point). Now when I think of that phrase, it's overcoming chronic fatigue. If I can do that, I truly can do anything...

So give it time, and patience, and you will be able to do even more amazing things in your new job.

Have faith, remember what you've achieved, and trust that.

"If I can do THAT, I can do anything."

✴️ 3. Re-frame "impossible challenges" as "learning opportunities"

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