You've put in the work, and you've changed for the better. Sincerely, congratulations. You deserve it.
But now it's time to take the next step into building a new you - securing a job. Finding one is incredibly trying work. But finding one after rehab can make things even more difficult.
Luckily, you have legal protections against employers discriminating against you. If you took a medical leave to attend rehab from your old job, you won't even need to find another one. They can't legally fire you.
But if you don't have an employer to return to, don't worry. You've already put in the work, what's a little more?
Keep reading for five tips on how to find a job after rehab.
1. Know What Resources are Available to You
Many areas throughout the United States have local nonprofits dedicated to getting people back on their feet. Organizations like America in Recovery or National Hire Network are national non-profits that have a large local presence.
Getting in contact with one can be as easy as sending an email. If you prefer, other local organizations can often put you in contact with individuals willing to help. Goodwill usually maintains a list of resources for anyone who needs them. All you need to do is ask.
2. Put Rehab Behind You, Know What You Can Do
It can be tough to realize, but you have to remember that you aren't the person you were before going rehab. You've already shown that you can work. All the work you did on yourself speaks more than any resume.
You should know what skills you can do and what you can offer employers. List them on a resume if you want. But don't get fed up if it seems like nobody is giving you a chance. It takes work finding work - and you're likely already familiar with hard, personal work.
3. Keep Up Aftercare After Rehab
Keeping up aftercare after rehab is an absolute must. It can be hard maintaining a healthy lifestyle with the new stresses work brings.
It can help to keep up with a sober living blog. If you surround yourself with people working on the same things as you, it'll be easier to stay on track.
4. Think About What You Want to Do
You deserve to do what you want, not just any work that comes your way. Whether it's working outside or in an office, alone or in a team, you deserve to work however you want.
Apply to the places that you would enjoy working at. You're not going to get responses from some, but if you continue applying it will pay off. And if you want to work for yourself, freelance is also an option.
5. Looking for Work is Work, but Don't Do it Too Much
It's easy to get caught up looking for a new job. With all the LinkedIn updates, resume rewrites, cover letters written, and people contacted, it's hard to remember to take care of yourself.
But it's something you need to do. You are your top priority, and forgetting that can only end badly. Take a break if you need it and go do something you enjoy.
This is More Than A Beginning, It's Who You Are
Looking for a job is a more interpersonal process than people give it credit for. You have to compile mountains of information on yourself. Every sheet of paper and email is another reflection of what you did or didn't do.
In this way, you have an advantage over most other people. After rehab, you have a clearer sense of who you are. You know what you can sell to employers. Make that your strength, and you will land a job.
To take your next step after rehab, you can use our tool here to find a job. We are here to help you, and you are able to help yourself.