Sometimes life throws you dark times to get through.
I remember when I worked for The Salvation Army and was chatting to a homeless guy.
He lost his wife, couldn’t cope and turned to alcohol to get through it.
Within the space of a few months, he’d become an alcoholic, lost his job and family.
So, when Rufus Carter got in touch with his story about his own recovery, I knew it could help some of you.
This is Rufus’ article about getting a job after rehab.
For people new to recovery, it may take some time to find a new job.
While waiting, you still have to make ends meet, but how can you do that?
It’s time to take one of the many contracting or temp jobs available.
The number of people who are working these short-term freelance jobs is growing. Side jobs have increased by 27 percent over standard payroll jobs, according to CNBC.
The good thing about finding temporary and contract work is that you can be flexible with your time, giving you time for job hunting and interviews.
Finding the Right Work
The first thing you need to do is decide what kind of work suits you. Answer the following questions to discover what you can do:
- What sort of skills and expertise do you already have?
- What talents and personality traits do you have that fit those?
- Can you make money with this skill?
Here are some ideas for you to consider:
- Pet sitter
- Selling handmade items on Etsy
- Teaching musical instrument lessons
Read these tips from Believe in a Budget on how to find the right opportunity for you.
Keep in mind that not every option has to be a job. For example, you could take a survey and earn money from it, try affiliate marketing, or rent out a spare room through Airbnb. Here are some more ideas in this article from Side Hustle Nation.
Remember that whatever you try is a great opportunity to enhance your CV.
Living Frugally While Waiting for Work
It’s also helpful to use and manage your money wisely.
You’ll need to live frugally, cutting out every expense you can think of.
You can haggle with certain companies, like your internet provider, to get monthly bills reduced. Learn how to do just that in this post from Five Cent Nickel.
You can – and should – use both coupons and rebate apps as much as possible for groceries and other items. Here are 40 more ways to save money on monthly expenses from The Simple Dollar.
Another way to save is by working from home. When creating a home office, make sure that you minimize distractions so you can stay productive.
Taking Care of Yourself
It’s important to remember this is a difficult season in your life, but it will pass.
Keep focused on your priorities, especially maintaining your commitment to sobriety.
It doesn’t cost anything to take care of yourself with these adjustments.
- Get support with the right meetings and care groups, as well as making friends who have had success with sobriety.
- Make a balanced diet part of your life. Eating healthily will support good physical and mental health on your journey. Learn how to create and maintain a balanced diet from Healthline.
- Incorporate fitness into your daily life. It doesn’t have to be challenging – even a daily 20-minute walk can improve your health. Talk to your doctor about which exercises are best for you.
- Take care of your mental health. See a counsellor or therapist, particularly if you suffer from mental health issues, such as depression. A dual diagnosis may be helpful for you.
Getting in Shape to Return to Work
Nurturing yourself is not only important to keep up with your recovery. Your state of mind will impact upon your job interviews, so take good care of yourself!
Hopefully, your treatment program will have skills and employment coaching to help you get back to work.
However, please don’t leave your current program if they don’t offer that.
Instead, ask them where you can find these services, or if they can help. Read these 10 tips about navigating job interviews after addiction recovery.
- Finding interim work while you get back on track will boost your confidence and keep you afloat. Investigate your options and take care of yourself in the meantime.