Some people in recovery have listed getting and maintaining a job as a fear they have. Staying open to new opportunities and networking with as many people as possible will keep your options open. If you have held a job in the past, you have a good chance of making a new job work. You may find that the biggest hurdle to overcome in your job search is your anxiety. Check through our tips for finding a job after recovery and why holding a job is essential for your short and long term success.
Getting Your Name Out There
Getting back into school or the job market is a necessary part of the recovery process – the responsibility of either choice provides motivation to stay on the sober path. You are the only one who knows when you are ready to make the jump into the work at a job or taking classes.
Before landing a job and accepting an offer, begin by putting out your feelers. Make contacts with people in your sober living house, in your recovery groups, and in any other circles you find yourself. The more you put your name out there, the more likely you are to attract positivity and the potential for work. It is not always easy to be social at this level, but the returns you will eventually find will outweigh the discomfort you feel.
Every Chance is an Opportunity
Release your expectations. Consider all opportunities even if they are entry-level or outside your immediate experience. If it is a job you can mentally, physically, and emotionally handle, the new opportunity may open up an avenue you hadn’t thought of before. Lean into the training or onboarding and open up to your potential.
Volunteer Work is a Great Step
Doing volunteer work is a great way to show potential employers how you spend your free time while developing the skills that come with most jobs (getting there on time, arriving in uniform or dress code, interpersonal skills, etc.). You may be able to develop administrative skills that will help you transition more smoothly into a job. Volunteer work displays the passion that reveals essential insights into your character for employers.
Keep Your Recovery Private
It can be damaging to discuss your recovery at work openly. If your recovery does not include a criminal history, you don’t need to bring it up. If a gap in your work experience encourages an interviewer to bring it up, frame your recovery as a positive experience that continually highlights your commitment to living a successful life daily.
Harmony Haus Sober Living provides a positive, safe place for men to live during recovery. Everyone’s path is unique, but we can support each other along the way. Give us a call today to schedule a tour.