Employment in Early Sobriety: Tips for Motivation

Employment in Early Sobriety: Tips for Motivation
Recovery May 5, 2017
Author: Ilana Jael

Sobriety can present a series of new challenges. As an individual adjusts to normal life after inpatient treatment, there are many steps toward fully independent living in recovery.

One of these steps includes finding employment. At RECO, we encourage clients to focus on their professional strengths when crafting a résumé, as finding purposeful employment is a key motivator in early recovery.

In order to best prepare for your job search, there are several items to keep in mind. As the first impression of your work history in many cases, your résumé serves as an important written representation of your skillset.

As résumés tend to follow a similar format, it can be difficult to stand out amongst the crowd. Paying special attention to seemingly trivial points can make all the difference. Read more here about ways to improve your résumé, including tips to take into consideration and mistakes to avoid.

When pursuing employment, persistence is key. Find below a collection of resources to keep in mind when strategizing for your search.

Many IOP programs (including RECO) keep a running tally of jobs available in the area, with special emphasis on jobs that work well with an IOP schedule. Don’t hesitate to reach out to staff to gain ideas and guidance.

Oftentimes attending treatment means moving away from your hometown, which can make an employment search even more daunting. In areas with a heavy emphasis on tourism, there are often seasonal opportunities at restaurants and retail stores.

Discuss options with your counselor and gear your online search toward jobs that may be a good fit for your skills.

This tip is easier said than done—as anyone who has been on a job hunt can tell you. The process is often frustrating, and can include feelings of rejection. Rely on sober supports to motivate you and support your search. Finding a purposeful position that will give you a healthy sense of responsibility can make all the difference.


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