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Keeping Yourself A float as You Reenter the Workforce

By: Rufus Carter of Recovering Works

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Looking for a new job while recovering from alcohol addiction can be a daunting task. You may have gaps on your resume or charges on your file that can make it nearly impossible to find an employer willing to give you a chance. This is an unfortunate consequence of alcoholism, but one that you can overcome with these tips and resources from WNY Life Coaching Center.


It Starts With Mindset


One of the greatest challenges that we often face is accepting that our former actions continue to follow us. But, understanding and accepting blame is beautifully described by the Altruwisdom blog as the “first step in the relationships in your life…” This is true in our personal relationships as well as our professional ones. Going into your job search your future employers may have lots of questions. They may be apprehensive of hiring someone in your position. But, admitting your actions and confidently showcasing that you are ready for a change in life will go a long way toward helping you land your dream job.


Keeping Your Sobriety


There’s no way to sidestep stress during this stage of life. Unfortunately, stress often is what points us down the wrong path. Remember to maintain an active conversation with your sponsor and attend meetings regularly. Another smart move: change careers. If you worked in a high-stress position before treatment, there’s no shame in looking for something below your previous pay grade now. Just make sure you have the right accounting programs to help. For instance, people in construction might need a construction accounting solution streamlined for their field. Advanced Recovery Systems advises being aware that when changing careers, those in the mining, hospitality, and construction industries may be most at risk of alcohol use.


Your Own Thing


If you’re still intimidated by the prospect of looking for a nine-to-five job, you may find it less stressful to simply start your own business. Even if you don’t have a lot of cash for a startup, there are lots of things you can do without a huge early investment. Tutor, video producer, virtual assistant, online retailer, and personal chef as among some of the lowest cost endeavors to break into.


Now’s a great time to look deep into yourself and determine your skills. You can use these to begin freelancing in virtually any area. If you are a musician, for example, you can teach guitar, piano, or other discipline online with a few pieces of basic equipment, even if you don’t have a degree or formal qualifications.


At the earliest point, you’ll want to consider a logo. Your business’s logo makes the first impression on potential customers or clients, so look into a logo maker app to help you create a professional-grade design. Your logo will appear in a variety of places, including business cards, your website, and on social media. Coming up with an ideal logo involves a combination of graphics and text that should convey your values and your brand messaging. A logo generator makes this easy and quick, giving you the power to be noticed by customers and clients at a glance.




Whether you choose entrepreneurship or a traditional job, Vertava Health points out that a great place to start your search is by networking with people you know. Friends, family, and those in your support groups may be valuable partners in your quest to earn an income. These are, after all, the people that know you best and won’t judge you for your past.


Other Tips While You Transition


Transitioning back into a healthy, sober life isn’t always easy when you’re strapped for cash. But, a few things you can do now to lessen your money worries include:


  • Renting a room. Depending on where you live, there may be plenty of opportunities to rent a single room instead of the house for an apartment. This can be less expensive, and your utilities will be included.


  • Take odd jobs. Scour any of the community social media pages, and you’ll find people constantly looking for someone that can paint, pressure wash, or handle basic lawn care duties.


  • Budget. Learning how to budget is a smart choice for everyone, but especially when you’re living on an extremely limited income.


There are plenty of job opportunities throughout the state, especially as unemployment numbers have dropped since the height of the pandemic. But, finding one isn’t always easy. To alleviate financial strain until you find something permanent, don’t be shy about doing your own thing. With support and perseverance, you may just find that your new sidekick turns into a career that can be full time.

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