Life does not stop during recovery from addiction.
After a certain point, you’re going to have to think about restarting your career and finding a job. And, there’s no better time to start looking than after completing rehab.
Finding a new job can feel incredibly stressful, especially for those still on their journey to recovery. That said, there are a few things you can do to help make looking for a job a bit easier.
If you’re ready to get back into the working world, but aren’t sure where to start, we can help.
Here are five tips to help you land your new dream job after rehab.
- Update Your Resume
First things first, you’re going to want to take a good long look at your resume.
Before you start applying for jobs, you don’t just want to make sure your resume is up to date you also want to make sure it’s looking as good as possible.
One trick you should keep in mind is to put less emphasis on dates and more on experiences. Titles don’t matter as much as the skills you picked up along the way.
If you want to make your resume stand out, why not check out these free resumes and templates to help you get started.
- Start Grinding
Once you have your resume in order, it’s time to start pounding the metaphorical pavement.
While the way we look for and apply to jobs has changed, but a few old-school habits remain: putting in the work and taking every single shot you can.
Treat your job hunt like a regular nine-to-five. Spend your “workdays” fine-tuning your resume, writing cover letters, and replying to as many job postings as you can.
All that hard work will pay off before you know it.
- Tap into Your Network
When it comes to looking for work, it’s not always what you know, but who you know.
Reach out to your friends, family, and former co-workers for potential leads. Odds are, someone will be able to help get you an in or at least point you in a promising direction.
- Don’t Deny Your Past
There is no reason your prospective employer needs to know about your experiences with addiction. It is against the law for employers to ask about substance abuse or for them to discriminate against you as a recovering addict.
That said, if you have a criminal background, your potential employer will find out about it.
If that happens, don’t try to cover up your past. Be open about your journey to recovery. Let your potential employer know that you went through rehab and that you are sober and ready to get your life back on track.
- Figure out Who You Want to Be
Our careers hold a lot of power over our lives.
Before you start sending out resumes, you should take a few moments to figure out what kind of job you want and who you want to be.
A significant aspect of the rehabilitation process is looking inward and figuring out how to transform yourself into who you want to be.
Starting a new career is a fantastic opportunity to leave a positive impression on the world around you. So, don’t hesitate to venture out of your comfort zone in pursuing your dreams.
Finding a Job After Rehab
Finding a job can be an extremely stressful undertaking—especially when you’re just out of rehab.
That said, there are plenty of resources those who are recovering from addiction can take advantage of to help them start on a new career path.
Are you looking for more advice on how to start living your best life after rehab? We can help.
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