While some addicts manage to hold on to their jobs while they are ill, others become so consumed by their addiction that their work performance is negatively affected. Some will lose their jobs as a result of their addiction, so when they have finished a programme of rehabilitation, they may have to start looking for a new employer.
It is always a daunting task to find a new job, but for those in recovery, it can be even more nerve-wracking. You may be feeling uneasy about how potential employers are going to view your illness and you might also be unsure of your ability to perform well in any role because you are a recovering addict. The good news is that many recovering addicts have great jobs and have flourished after rehab, and you can too.
In the early days of recovery, you may want to secure a basic job that you can do easily and effortlessly so that you can focus on your recovery needs. However, if you are more secure in your recovery, now is the time to look for a job that you will enjoy and that will fulfil your life.
Before you begin the process of applying for new jobs, it would be wise to evaluate your skills and do some research into the various programmes available to help recovering addicts return to the workplace. Speak to your counsellor or therapist about how to access programmes that would include skills assessment and development as well as stress management. You may find a job-seeking programme available at your local college.
Sort Out Your Online Profiles
In this age of social media, it is not uncommon for employers to check out potential employees profiles for Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Have a good look at your online image and clean it up before any potential employers get the chance to make an impression of you. It might be the case that you have to delete photos or un-tag yourself from them.
Speak to People You Know
Many jobs are still filled through word of mouth. Make sure you speak to people you know about the fact that you are looking for work and it might be the case that they know of jobs that are going in their company or have heard of another company looking to fill a position that would suit you. You can also use social media to network; you may find that some old school or college friends know of jobs that would suit.
Do Your Research
Before any interview, it is important to learn as much as you can about the company and spend some time finding out how to conduct yourself in an interview situation. There are many websites where you will find sample interview questions and answers that will help you to prepare and ensure you are not caught off guard by questions.
Make sure you look presentable on the day and that you arrive on time, or at least five to ten minutes early. It is much better to be early than late. Arriving late will instantly create the wrong impression and could be the difference between you and another candidate.
Be Prepared to Be Unsuccessful
In the current economic climate, it is common for large numbers of people applying for the same job. Remember that only one person will be successful, so you must be prepared to be disappointed. Nevertheless, how you handle this disappointment is crucial. If you get too upset, you may find your recovery is at risk. If you have your heart set on a particular job and do not get it, speak to your counsellor or go to a fellowship meeting for support. And remember there are many jobs out there, so just keep applying until you find the right one.