One of the most important ways to start rebuilding your life during recovery is to find a job. If you were fired from your last job or have not worked in some time because of addiction issues, you may feel intimidated. You are not alone in your efforts to find a job, and there are many opportunities available.
Start with Your Resume
Before you begin looking for a job, make sure your resume is in order. Today’s resumes aren’t as heavily focused on job history, so explaining gaps in your work record may not be essential. Instead, focus your resume on your skill sets. Focus on the types of skills you have, from customer service to technology to managing others. Have someone double-check your resume for spelling errors and be sure you’ve included as much information about what you’re capable of doing as you can. You can tailor your resume to different positions by reordering your emphasis on specific skills.
With your resume in hand (or more likely, on a computer file), you can quickly and easily search for jobs online. Monster.com and Indeed.com both list jobs in all categories and you can typically apply directly by attaching your resume of filling out a form. There are other services, like America in Recovery, that may also be helpful as you continue your search. Consider what you enjoyed about jobs you’ve had in the past to help you choose what kind of jobs to apply for now.
Make a Good First Impression
You are not defined by your addiction. Present yourself with confidence by being carefully groomed, dressing professionally, and greeting your interviewer with a smile. You should be proud of the strength you have demonstrated in overcoming your addiction and being in recovery.
Ask for Help
Your sponsor, your team at Wasatch Crest, and your friends and family will all be there to support you through the process. It may take time to find the right job, but don’t give up. If you get nervous about the interview, practice your interview skills with a friend or family member who can help you feel more confident in your ability to answer interview questions.
We are dedicated to helping you overcome drug and alcohol addictions and reach full, lasting recovery. If you are struggling with addiction, or if you have a friend, family member, or other loved one with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, please call us. We invite you to contact us today to learn more about drug and alcohol rehab in Heber City, Utah, and to speak with a member of our experienced, caring team. We are eager to help you regain control of your life!