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Im almost 16 and I want to get a job, I found a sporting goods store that is hiring, the only problem is my social anxiety..read more below!

I get really nervous around strangers sometimes unless im in a place im comfortable with. I cannot look people I don't know in the eyes. Im very mature but im just really shy. And even if I did get the job I'm afraid I wouldn't know what to do or id be bad at it. This would be my first paying job and im just so nervous.. advice anyone?

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Try not to look them directly in the eye, maybe look at a wall behind them. It looks like you're looking at them and it can be less intense for you. Smile. Try practicing at home to, maybe a little role play? Or maybe you can just try not to make eye contact but also try and be polite and kind to the customer so it seems less ignorant.
Don't forget to try and mention to your boss that you have anxiety and it may be a struggle speaking to customers, he might not put you at the counter as much, maybe just an assistant or something. Either way he/she needs to know.
If none of the above work, try to talk to someone about your anxiety, the local cafè maybe. It could be a good oppertunity to meet new people and wipe away your anxiety. Try not to get to worked up about it either just focus on the customer/person and work on what they need.
Try stepping out of you're comfort zone a little. Explore some new places in town and try and socialize around there. This can give you a good idea of what it will be like working at you're new job and working with new clients
Hope I could help, sorry if I couldn't.
Good luck :)

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Thanks!! :)
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You're most welcome, and good luck :)
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I have exactly the same problem and all my family tells me is that "im gonna have start sometime so you might aswell face it"

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You might try to get a grocery store job stocking shelves. Or fund a job in Shipping and Receiving. Direct customer contact sounds like a problem for you right now.

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I have the same problem..but just be strong and remember your getting money :)

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You need to take things step by step don't try to take huge step n mess everything up! Good luck (:

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...I have the same thing...I'm even terrified to talk to someone on the phone....What I usually do is never look at them in the eye and I look at their glabella O-O..And try to make the conversation as short as possible....

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