Center for Coaching Certification

Reestablishing a Career After Addiction Treatment

Author: Rufus Carterrecoveringworks.com

Sometimes people ask, “Can anyone be a coach?” Or “What experience is required?”

The answers, as with so many answers in life, are “it depends.”  Specifically:If someone has the capacity and desire to learn coaching, yes, they can be a coach. The experience someone has often influences the type of coaching they do and who engages them as a client.

In this guest blog, coaching is one opportunity for people reentering the work world.

Reestablishing a Career After Addiction Treatment

Drug or alcohol addiction is rough and can have a severely negative impact.  In addition to tearing apart the fabric of family, an addiction can wreak havoc on your career. Most of us have living expenses to cover, which means getting back to work after treatment.  Keep reading for a few quick tips on resumes and interviewing for a job, plus an alternative: entrepreneurship as a professional coach.

Mind the Resume Gap

One of the first things your potential employer may notice is a gap in your employment history. There are multiple ways to fill or explain the gap.  First, consider doing side gigs during your recovery.  This can be anything from teaching musical lessons to people in rehab, writing, taking classes, or working as a pet sitter.  Plan ahead and be creative.  The Balance Careers also suggests changing your resume format or omitting specific dates – how effective this is varies based on your career field.

Ace the Interview

When it comes to your job interview, confidence is key.  Be prepared to answer the most common questions likely to come up based on your industry.  You will also want to have a list of your own questions for the employer.  This will prove to future employers you are ready and willing to learn about their company and culture.  Zety, formerly Uptowork, has multiple resources relating to job interviews that can help you be as prepared as possible.

Consider Being an Entrepreneur

Instead of traditional employment, consider completing coach training and offering your services on a freelance basis.  A great niche area may be working with others in recovery.  As a certified professional coach, you will empower your clients to generate solutions and strategies that will advance their career and goals.  As someone who has traveled the road of addiction to recovery, you have developed strengths.  Coaching certification and your strengths are an opportunity to create a career you love.

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