How Stressful Can a New Job Be?

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I started a new job, and a new career, in mid-February and for the first few months spent time trying to learn a mountain of new procedures, forms and jargon. I was managing a veteran team of three who, more than anything, just needed me to stay out of their way and let them work.

But then suddenly two of them quit within a few days of each other and I needed to find and train replacements, plus fill another open spot, while also doing my first big work project. The result so far — I’ve been working late every other night for the past two and a half weeks. I’ve also worked two of the past three weekends.

It all has to do with being in a new job I’m trying to learn while I also hire and train three new staff members and meet earlier than usual work deadlines for July output.

To say it’s stressed me out is an understatement. Days like yesterday, when I got home at 9:30 p.m and then had only five hours sleep, have become all too common.

To read more on how I’m coping, and how you can cope with a similar situation, check my other blog, guysandgoodhealth.com. And buy my new book, Always Be Job Hunting to see what tips and advice await you there. Starting a new job is stressful but also exciting, don’t forget that part of it.
J.N.F.

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