Active addiction can make it challenging for people to find and maintain a job. So, it’s important that people in recovery from substance use disorder understand how to find a job that suits their needs once their time in treatment comes to an end. After addiction treatment, you’ll want to start working on finding a job in order to have financial stability and give yourself the life you deserve. However, you may not particularly know how to go about finding the right job for you. Fortunately, there are a few tips that people in early recovery can take advantage of to make sure they have the best chance of finding a job they enjoy and also pays the bills.
Consider Previous Jobs You’ve Had in the Past
Thinking about what you have done previously can help you narrow down what you want to do as a job now. For example, if you didn’t like a job in the past, you know that you may not want to apply for jobs in that field. Or, if you particularly enjoyed a certain position, you can adapt your resume to display the skills you’ve used in this position. And, apply for positions that are similar or the same to the job you’ve had.
Recreate Your Resume
Any employer who you will be applying to a job for will require a resume. So, it’s best to update your resume before you go out searching for a new job. Resumes should be only one page long and include a career focus summary (what you’re looking for in a job), personal information, your previous work experience, your highest level of education, and some personal and career references (optional). When writing about your career past, make sure you state what roles you were given, the skills you’ve acquired in each position, and the workload you had. This way, employers know what you are capable of doing and if you’re fit for the job you’re applying for in their company.
If you don’t know how to write up your resume, you can always ask a friend to help. It may be best to get what you have down first and have them edit what you’ve come up with so that your information is all in one place.
Think About What You Want For Your Future
A great place to start before applying for positions is to think about what you want for your future. So, ask yourself where you see yourself in 3, 5, or even 10 years. This way, you can assess which jobs lead to careers. And, which you can see yourself growing into over time. Making sure that jobs have room for your career growth is important so that you are spending your time wisely in a work environment. This way, you can continue on the path to reaching your financial and career goals.
Don’t Be Afraid to Wait for the Job That’s Best for You
If you haven’t had a job for a while and may be worried about whether or not you can get a job due to your recovery, you may think you need to pick the first job that offers you a position. Or, that you have to apply for jobs that don’t meet your expectations as far as allowing for career and financial growth. However, don’t be afraid to wait for the best job for you. You’re allowed to be picky about what you do as far as work because you will spend a lot of time immersed in your work. And, doing something you enjoy will be more beneficial and rewarding to your mental health rather than picking something just because you need a job.
Getting Help at Willow Place for Finding a Job After Treatment
At Willow Place for Women, we want to see the people in our care have the brightest future possible. That’s why we offer services like job placement, which helps people understand what they want to do job-wise when their time in treatment ends. This program also includes help with resume development and even picking outfits that are appropriate for job interviews.