A Fresh Start: Job-Hunting After a Major Illness

Guest Blog Post from Rufus Carter: 

Finding a job is often a cause for considerable angst. Some common concerns may include fears of discrimination, how much you should disclose about your injury or illness and gaps in employment while you focused on your wellbeing. While these may be legitimate cause for worry, it’s also important to bear in mind that you are not alone. 
Job hunting after a medical absence is not uncommon, but that doesn’t take away the fears you might fear. But there are many ways to get back in the game. 
Creating your own gig
Sometimes difficulty finding a full-time job presents an opportunity to start your own venture, using your own skills. If you enjoy cooking but don’t have the means or confidence to open a full-blown restaurant, why not try a pop-up restaurant instead? It’s a low-risk, low-overhead proposition that can help you build a clientele, work according to your own schedule and earn income quickly. 
Carefully consider your talents and background. There’s probably something you can turn into money-making venture while you conduct a job search. If you’ve got a talent for making decorative objects, consider selling them on Etsy. Or, if you have a musical background there may be an opportunity to give lessons, either in person or online. Writing is a popular and potentially lucrative online gig these days, whether you’re producing marketing content or writing a blog, it’s a great way to make money doing something you enjoy. 

If you love animals, consider starting a dog walking or dog-boarding service, a growing and successful niche for many individuals who’ve decided to enter the gig economy.
Remedy your resume
Job searching takes place online to a very large degree these days, but that doesn’t mean a sharp, well-written resume is any less important. If anything, that makes it more important to place a coherent, informative and eye-catching account of your work history in front of employers. If you’ve been out of work for a while, it’s probably necessary to do some updating and make sure your most recent work experience is explained, as well as the highest education level you’ve attained. Remember, this is an employer’s introduction to you, so be as thorough as possible. Mention what you enjoyed about your last job, what skills you possess that would be especially valuable, and where you’d like to be five years from now. 
Where to go for help
If you get stuck along the way, there are many resources, both online and in-person, that can help set you on the right path. Many organizations can help you put together an effective resume and locate jobs despite your former health issues. If your illness resulted in addiction, America in Recovery is an excellent resource and maintains a job board that can put you in touch with employers. If you aren’t sure where to even begin, consider reaching out to an employment agency. This is a group that works directly with employers and can coach you through which jobs may be a good fit for you. You’ll have an opportunity to hold a temporary position while you gain experience or walk the direct-to-employment path. 
Finding a new job and readjusting to life after being down can be difficult. Draw on your innate abilities and interests to earn an income while looking for a long-term opportunity. It can instill in you a new sense of purpose and give you new goals to shoot for. Embrace the opportunity, remember what you’ve learned during treatment and reach out for help if you feel overwhelmed and anxious.

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THANK YOU Rufus!  
For this awesome input about finding work and keeping hope during difficult times.    #takeTHATms!   

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