If you fit into one of these two situations, it will be important to put your best foot forward as you begin the job hunt. It is likely you are familiar with the techniques of job hunting, but as a recovering addict, there are some additional pointers to keep in mind.
1. What Do You Want?
This is truly your chance to start over. If you did not like your previous job (or perhaps you enjoyed the job, but not the environment or management), this is your chance to find a job you truly want. Write down your current and future employment goals, as well as what elements of a job are a top priority for you. This will help you narrow down job opportunities.
2. Focus on Your Skills and Abilities
If you do not know what kind of job you are looking for, take some time to make a list of your skills, abilities, education, and training. You can then determine jobs that fit qualities you already bring to the table.
3. Make Plans with Your Counselor
Your addiction counselor can be a huge resource during this time period. As mentioned here, they can help you determine which types of jobs you should be pursuing and how to manage stress during the job hunt. It is important that you keep in regular communication with them, as this process can be strenuous.
4. Spruce Up Your Resume
It has probably been a little while since you have worked on your resume. As you begin the job hunt, this should be one of your first priorities, as it will be the first impression prospective employers will have of you. Your addiction counselor may be able to help you or a career center at a local university or community center may also offer these services.
5. Maintain Privacy
Unless you are required by law to report a crime related to your addiction, you do not have to talk about your addiction to employers. Feel free to maintain the level of privacy you need to feel comfortable at a new job. You are, of course, welcome to let your manager or an HR personnel know about the addiction if you feel their support will help you during your recovery.
6. Accept Transitional Jobs
Your dream job may not be the one you get first as you work your way up the ladder. Be willing to accept transitional jobs. These jobs give you an opportunity to stay productive and make money. It is possible you may first receive a job a step down from where you were before entering rehab and will need to work your way back up. That’s ok! Keep in mind internships are also a great way to open doors to industries you may have little experience in.
7. Find a Good Environment
Working in a bar if you are a recovering alcoholic, or with coworkers who are substance users will not be helpful to your recovery. It will also be important to avoid an overly stressful environment as this can trigger relapse. Strive to find a workplace where your recovery will have the best chance for continued success.
8. Keep Learning
Study up on industry changes you may have missed while in rehab. You may also look into going back to school if you want to change careers or are looking for ways to upgrade your training and qualifications while you continue the job hunt.
Use sober family and friends as resources for job openings. Call them. Take the time to visit with them. Those who care about you will want to help you succeed. You can also attend job fairs or even visit companies and ask them if they are hiring. This bold move can help you find positions that have not been posted yet.
10. Think Positively and Have Patience
Job hunting is difficult for everyone, but if you have recently left rehab, you may feel its weight more heavily. Don’t let feelings of discouragement or failure seep into your mind. Maintain hope and a positive attitude and take the job hunt one day at a time.
Content Originally Published By: Alyssa Craig @ Reach Out Recovery