Suffering any sort of personal injury can be a serious blow to one’s self-esteem, not to mention mental and physical health. Not only might you be dealing with some pain, but there are insurance claims to fill out, lawyers to talk to, and a lot of time and effort spent trying your case. Needless to say, the entire process can be an exhausting one.
However, after all is said and done and you’re on the road to recovery, there might be one final hurdle: your career. Whether you can no longer work at your old job due to your injury or you’ve decided not return for any sort of reason, you now face the dreaded job hunt. Nobody enjoys chasing down interviews, updating their resume, or filling out application after application, but there might be a few ways to ease yourself back into the business world without causing more stress.
You probably haven’t heard that one since your college days, right? Soul searching is supposed to be for those young, hip kids who need to find themselves somewhere between Thailand and New Zealand, not recently injured adults who suddenly need a change of career, right? Wrong! In fact, doing a little soul searching now while you have the chance to do so can be relieving, refreshing, and mind opening. And don’t worry, you don’t have to buy a plane ticket to an exotic location to make it happen.
Start by thinking about all the things that make you happy, all the things you’re good at. From your hobbies to favorite pastimes, areas of expertise to areas of passion, just anything that you enjoy doing. Make a list, check it twice, and start researching how those hobbies can turn into lucrative careers. This might take some imagination and creative thinking, but you should be able to come up with two or three alternate careers that can suit your new lifestyle.
Furthermore, consider how technology can help you make it in this day and age. For instance, you might have written down that you’ve always had well-mannered dogs that you were able to teach several tricks. So perhaps you were thinking about going into dog training. Now apply a layer of technology and see what comes next. With websites and blogging become easier to make and maintain without the help of a computer whiz, you can probably turn most of your hobbies into online blogs and magazines that can bring in money through advertisements, endorsements, and other sponsorships. Don’t limit your skills and talents to what you know and love. Try and imagine them online, helping others just like you.
When you’re changing careers, whether for personal injury reasons or otherwise, your network is always a great place to start. Who would better ensure that you get taken care of and introduced to all the right people than the people who already know and love you? Start by reaching out to your inner circles. Ask close friends and family members to keep an eye out for any job opportunities that might suit you. Next, talk to old colleagues, former bosses, and hiring managers and let them know that you’re back in the market. While they might not have a job for you, they might know someone who will.
When you’re reaching out, it’s best to have some information to hand off, as well. As dreadful as updating a resume may be, it’s a necessary evil. Review all your skills, responsibilities, and objectives and update them to fit anything new you might have learned or accomplished. Give the design a modern look and feel, then print out a few copy to give to acquaintances when they’re ready. Also, have a PDF version prepared so you can quickly send it off when a contact is able to put you in touch with a prospective employer. Consider writing a cover letter as well that speaks to your new life style, your work ethic, and your personality. Keep it sweet and simple while explaining who you are as a person and a worker will have employers loving you before you even walk in the door.
A personal injury can affect more than your physical health, it can also take a toll on your mental health. From self-esteem issues to constant legal battles, there are many hurdles to overcome when you’ve been injured. However, you can ease one of those hurdles by preparing to enter the job market the right way.
By evaluating your talents, hobbies, and passions and thinking of ways to recreate them via technology such as blogs and websites, you might be able to turn your favorite pastimes into your new career. Furthermore, by reaching out to your friends and colleagues with an updated resume, you can find yourself interviewing in more places that you ever thought possible. A personal injury can be hard on you; finding a new job doesn’t have to be.
Written by Pete Wise for Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop, whom are dedicated to serving Nebraska. Check out their site if you’re looking for Lawyers in Nebraska