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Tips on How to Find a Job After Getting Sober


Sober Recovery Expert Author

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Now that you’re in recovery, you’re probably taking steps to improve your life in various areas. Although it may feel a bit daunting at times, now is the perfect time to find a job and take back control of your finances. Here are some great tips you can follow while you’re working on getting the kind of job you desire.

1. Join a 12-Step program.

Joining a program for recovery can give you the support you need to make life changes. You are surrounding yourself with people who are in a similar situation and putting yourself in a position to meet new people with the same goals as you. If you join a 12-Step program and get yourself a sponsor, you’ll have a cheering section and sometimes they’ll even have some great tips to finding a job. Having the right people by your side who understand what you are going through can definitely help in recovery.

Now that you're sober, it's time to go get that job you've been dreaming of. Here are some great tips for doing so.

2. Get out in the community.

It is important to get out in the community when looking for a job. Let companies know that you are interested in working for them. Get the word out there. Try walking around to different local businesses and ask to speak with the managers. Let them know your intentions and qualifications. You could even try volunteering for a period of time at a certain place until a position opens up. This will show the community that you are serious about finding a job and bettering your life.

3. Apply online.

Applying for jobs online is a great option because it gives you a chance to apply for multiple positions in a short amount of time. Have a resume prepared and check different websites for open positions. Applying for jobs online can give you an advantage because you are letting your resume speak for you. You can have all your information and qualifications on a piece of paper rather than explaining them in person.

4. Work on yourself.

Recovering from addiction can be challenging and you may have negative feelings about yourself and lacking the confidence you desire. Take steps to bettering yourself internally and try speaking positive affirmations over yourself on a daily basis to build up your self-esteem. Do something that makes you happy. Read inspirational books. Surround yourself with positive people who want to see you succeed. Cut negative people from your life and see the changes it can have on your life. Having the right mindset and determination will certainly help you out in the job force.

5. Join a staffing agency.

A staffing agency can take all of your information and inform you when a position opens up that you meet the qualifications for. They can also set up interviews for you. This is a good option for recovering addicts because it relieves some of the stress on you by allowing someone else help you in your job search.

Keep an optimistic attitude when it comes to securing employment for yourself. Sometimes it takes a little while before getting the green light from an employer. Be patient. Hard work and perseverance pay off, so don’t let a simple “no” discourage you. Just keep on applying for jobs until you finally secure the one that you are happy with.

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