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Should You Put ‘Recovery' on Your Resume?

Oct 30, 2017 | QA, Recovery

Although it is not necessary to put your recovery on your resume, it is probably in your best interest to be honest about your recovery to people that are in a managerial role. You may be embarrassed telling a potential employer about your recovery, but honesty is the best policy. Keeping secrets or lying about the past before you even start the job may mean that you will have to keep covering up the lies and secrets ongoing which may become another full-time job.

Recovery means that you are probably in the business of being honest. If being honest will harm your chances of getting the job, then maybe your recovery information should be uncovered at a later date with the intentions of not keeping secrets. Look at the circumstances of the job to shed insight of whether you will be more successful with them knowing or you should go with the philosophy of “what they will not know will not hurt them”.

If a job requires you to disclose information on past situations that may have resulted in misdemeanors or felonies, it is a good idea to let them know exactly what is on your record. Many places of employment could be looking to see how honest you are willing to be. When they run your background check and find out that you concealed this pertinent information, it could be the difference of you getting hired or discarded as a future employee.

Talking over the situation with a sponsor or therapist that you trust, can give you a better comprehension of what the right thing to do is. If you are working somewhere that does not run a report on your past, it may be wise to keep your recovery on a need-to-know-basis and protect your anonymity. Some industries are known for their partying tactics. On one side, there is no need to be ostracized for being sober which can lead you to a possible relapse. Yet on the other side, letting your co-workers know about your sobriety may keep them from peer pressuring you into doing something that you are unable to say no to which can prevent relapse.

In all of life situations, including employment, being sober should be the number one priority. Trying to figure out how recovery works in a professional sense is important, because an income may be a crucial factor in supporting yourself and your family.


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