After finishing rehab treatment, how do you handle re-entering the job market? Maybe you just need a job or maybe you want to re-enter your career again. This can be a very stressful time especially if you have just completed a 30/60/90 day rehab. It doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful if you are armed with some helpful strategies and do some prep work. Finding a job is a stress everyone has to do in their life and the following ideas might make entering the job market a little easier.
1. The search for a job is difficult for everyone. Don’t assume it’s hard for you because of your drug and alcohol problems. Blaming your present struggles on some of your past behavior can lead you down a road of discouragement, depression and even relapse.
2. Remember, perseverance pays off. Staying in rehab produced good results, right? So stick with the job hunt too and it will produce good results as well. Many, many people without any addiction problems have to go out in search of work each day. You are not alone. Eventually something will work.
3. Be mindful to think positive thoughts. Be aware of what you are thinking – it needs to be positive affirmations. Tell yourself that you can be hopeful and positive for today. You need to do something everyday to look for work. Doing the footwork everyday creates success. Each day of success leads to more days of success, etc. Focus on what you can do and not what you can’t do. Remember, one day at a time.
4. First impressions are very important; it can make or break the interview. Make sure all of your interactions with potential employers are positive. Smile, dress your best, make plenty of eye contact and good posture is a must. Don’t volunteer all of your history unless the job requires it. Show that you are someone that can overcome things and that you would be a valuable asset.
5. Focus on your work, not what you think others at work are saying about you. It will be easy to get Discouragement will set in if you think about who might be gossiping about you. Instead of concerning yourself with what you can’t control anyway – keep your focus on doing the best work you can. When you head home at the end of the day – leave it all at the office.
6. It’s important to maintain your aftercare. Transitioning from one lifestyle to another can be tough. Remember to get support from others during this significant time in your life. The rehab experience was the first step forward and the steps that follow are just as important to maintain your sobriety and to continue to grow.