May 13, 2019 Felicia Durling

Back to Reality: The Top Tips for Finding a Job After Rehab

In addition to stopping the drug abuse, the goal of treatment is to return people to their community, workplace, and family, as a productive and healthy individual. One way this is possible is through the use and presence of continued monitoring and care.

Essentially, rehab provides you with a fresh start. However, there are many who complete rehab and find integrating back into their old lives a huge challenge. This is especially true when it comes to finding and acquiring a new job.

If you are in the process of finding a job and need some tips to help make this process a bit easier, you are in the right place. Here, you can learn about some of the top tips to make this process go more smoothly.

Reach Out to People in Your Network

Chances are you have heard the saying, “it’s not what you know, but who you know.” This adage holds true when you are on the hunt for a new job.

Take some time to reach out to everyone in your network. Let them know you are searching for new job opportunities.

Coworkers, friends, former teachers, and family members who aren’t using drugs are good examples of who may connect you with a future employer. You can also use LinkedIn, which is a great tool for expanding and establishing your professional network.

Also, when you are speaking to others about job opportunities, you can ask if they will be a reference on your resume.

Release Your Expectations

When you are first searching for a job after rehab, you may have to reduce your expectations or let go of them altogether. Remember, your expectations are often hidden resentments, which aren’t going to be helpful.

Also, when you let go of these expectations, you may be open to a job you never would have considered before. It also means that you:

  • Are willing to accept part-time or entry-level positions
  • Are open to new ideas and people
  • See something positive in each interaction
  • Eliminate all assumptions about the job search process

Doing this can be extremely beneficial for your job search, and in many cases, help you find a suitable position, sooner.

Use Available Resources

If you need a bit more help during your search for a job, there are a number of programs and organizations that can provide assistance.

Some of the most beneficial include:

Each of these resources can help you find job opportunities in your local area. They can also help you find skill-specific openings.

Update Your Resume

It’s important for you to update your resume after you complete rehab. Be sure to include relevant work experience, skills, and education that potential employers may find appealing.

If you aren’t sure how to begin this process, or you need to create a resume from scratch, you can search for a free template, which can often be found online. It may also be a good idea to increase your skills by taking a class, or even getting your GED (if you don’t have it).

Spend Time Volunteering

It’s a good idea to spend some time in a service setting that gives you a sense of purpose and passion. In many cases, this is where your natural abilities are going to shine and gives you an opportunity to do something good for someone else.

For example, do you love to sing? If so, volunteer at your church. If you love kids, volunteer as a mentor at a local afterschool program.

What’s even better, prospective employers love to see when someone is active and engaged in volunteer work. You can also build your skillset while you put a priority on your recovery. In many cases, volunteer work can even turn into a paying gig.

Be Honest but Don’t Overshare

If you have a criminal record, then an employer is going to find that information when they run a background check. In this case, it is best to be upfront about this and explain you have completed rehab and are now sober. If you don’t bring this up, then an employer may view you as dishonest and pass over you when it comes to making a hire.

However, if there is no criminal history related to your drug or alcohol history, you don’t have to bring this up – at all. Employers are prohibited – by law – from asking about substance abuse in your past.

Consider Starting a Business

There are many recovering addicts who opt to open their own business. If you are unable to find a job that is right for you, then you should consider working for yourself.

You can provide some type of service in the community, such as pet sitting, photography, handyman services, or lawn care. If you are able to work on the computer, then offer your services in this manner.

Opening your own business gives you more flexibility and more options.

Finding a Job After Rehab: It’s Possible

Finding a job after rehab doesn’t have to seem like an impossible task. When you use the tips and information found here, you may even discover it is easier than you may have thought, to begin with.

The good news is, there are many resources out there to help you along the way, and in many cases, the rehab facility you used may be able to point you in the right direction.

To learn more about rehabilitation services, contact us today. Our team can answer any questions you have about the rehabilitation process and how you can get your life back on track.


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