How to Make Ends Meet While While You’re in Recovery and Looking for Work
Congratulations! You’ve decided to take the first step on the long road of sobriety. This will probably be the hardest and most amazing thing you will ever do since it will last the rest of your life. And congratulations, too, on deciding to enter the workforce. You’ve probably checked out all the job hunting sites, researched how to write an effective resume and cover letter, maybe even met with a recruiter. You’ve applied for a few jobs, sent your resume for a few others. And you’re waiting. And waiting some more.
Job Hunting and Stress
No doubt about it, job hunting is frustrating, and if you’re doing it because of a layoff or a termination, it’s even more so. As Katharine Brooks states in Psychology Today, the job search has plenty of psychological landmines, such as fear of rejection and challenges to your self-esteem. And since you are in a vulnerable state because you’ve just started your recovery, these feelings are amplified.
What’s more, even if you’re not completely independent, you still need to find a way to make some money to take care of your obligations, and even then, the money you bring in will need to last as long as you can make it. In other words, clamp down on every coin and get as much mileage as you can out of it.
You could go the regular route and work in retail or fast food, or, if you have some basic office skills, sign up with a temporary service, such as Kelly or Adecco. The only problem with any of those is that they might hold you to a somewhat inflexible schedule. If you are called in for an interview and you’re also scheduled to work on the day of it, you’ll need to make sudden arrangements to leave one job to interview for another.
However, according to Forbes.com, being employed by a temporary service is a great way to meet people in the companies where you are placed to work, plus you get to see first-hand if you’re a good fit. However, since there are fees involved, if you manage to get an interview for a full-time job with a company where you are placed, you must let your agency know.
But if you need to keep your schedule flexible for other opportunities, there are still a number of ways you can earn a living, such as through the gig economy. One way is to offer yourself as a proprietor of some essential service. Consider pet sitting or dog walking as a way to bring in some money. There is a need for reliable people to feed and take care of others’ pets. Your responsibilities will be daily feeding, walking, playing, and cleaning up any messes.
You can also offer yourself as an errand runner, especially for senior citizens who can’t get out of their homes. If you sing or play a musical instrument, consider offering lessons either at your home or at the homes of your students.
Take Care of Yourself
While these kinds of jobs might bring in enough money to keep necessary bills paid, you must be extremely careful not to overbook yourself. Remember, you are in recovery, which is the most important thing in your life, and you don’t need to overburden yourself. Remember to eat well, exercise, and get support to keep yourself physically and mentally healthy.
When you’re on the job hunt, it’s easy to feel dejected and frustrated, but there are still a few ways you can do to make ends meet while you’re waiting to hear “We are pleased to offer you the job.” Just make sure that as you wait, you remain healthy and as stress-free as possible.
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