Getting a job is one of the top priorities for a lot of people after the completion of their rehab program and the thought of going back to the labor market can be quite intimidating. That is because of barriers like gap in the employment history as a result of their time at the rehab center, uncertainty about talking about their substance use in the past, anxiety about discrimination, among other potential barriers.
However, a 2012 survey revealed that over twenty three million adults consider that they are in recovery either from alcohol or drug abuse. Several individuals are living successful lives and also running enjoyable careers even after rehab. Further, lots of companies are also open to the idea of employing candidates with past alcohol or drug issues.
Thus, as difficult as it can be, you shouldn’t let your recovery debar you from pursuing your professional goals. Once you determine to continue maintaining sobriety, be assured that your desired career or job is attainable.
You need to ensure that you have an updated resume highlighting your highest educational qualification and the most recent job you had. If you currently do not have a resume, or you are uncertain about how to go about that, talk to a friend or family member to put you through. As soon as you have fixed up your resume, then you can decide what kind of jobs you are interested in applying for.
Pertinent questions include the features you liked about your past jobs and the features you didn’t like, whether or not you would take back your past job if you got a chance, your relevant skill set and where you see yourself in a couple of years from the current moment. All these are things you should consider before you begin your job search.
The idea of sending out applications to several job listings may seem quite enticing, but it is advisable that you focus on the particular jobs that are suitable for your set of skills as well as your needs during your recovery process. Selecting any kind of job may cause stressful situations for you and that can lead to a relapse.
Thus, as you search through the different job listings, you should be on the lookout for certain criteria:
1. Reasonable and Unambiguous Expectations
There are jobs that have very ambiguous descriptions. You know what you want and if you cannot find that as you peruse the listing, move on to the next one. Don’t dabble into a job that has unreasonable or very ambiguous expectations.
2. Organized Working Environment and Schedule of Duties
A lot of those in recovery thrive better on jobs that have clearly defined routine. Jobs that come with high stress or come with very strict or inconsistent deadlines are usually unsuitable for such people.
3. Opportunities to Advance
Regardless of your starting point, a job that gives adequate room for employees to grow is always a good option. If you are trying to switch fields, then a volunteer position or internship may be a good starting point.
Feelings of anxiety or worry during your search shouldn’t bother you too much. Keep it in mind that there are several professional opportunities in existence for you and the perfect job will eventually come. You, however, need to exercise patience and wait for the right time.
There are a lot of programs and organizations that can be extra helpful if that is what you need. Such organizations include America in Recovery. This organization helps those who struggle to get employment as a result of their past substance use. America in Recovery has an online job platform that helps candidates pair up with companies that are open to giving people second chances.
Also, we have the National Hire Network. This helps those who have criminal records get employment within their community
Some other programs include:
The Salvation Army, the National Skills Coalition, among others
Keeping Your Job
Having landed a job, it is important that you put in more efforts to satisfy your employer. The ideal way to get this done is through a full dedication to recovery.
Other helpful ways include:
1. Try to know other workers
2. Dress neatly and appropriately
3. Maintain a courteously professional image
4. Create a good first impression
5. Offer to help with projects
6. Attend company events
7. Continue Your Recovery Process