Injured Workers Need Guidance To Return To Work

Injured Workers Need Guidance To Return To Work

Are you ready to return to work? Job seekers with a work injury need career guidance to address issues only they experience due to their unique situation. I recently asked the injured workers I am currently assisting to complete a brief survey about their job search concerns. They were asked to list three answers for each question. Of special note, one of my clients wrote, "I feel there should be a website for mature adults who have worked all their lives. Give us a chance." Very moving... there was no way I could turn my back on this request.

Here is what I asked my current clients:

  • What do you miss about working?
  • What are some of your biggest job search obstacles?
  • As far as job search fears, which are your biggest?
Most of the answers were along the lines of what I expected to hear - I have been counseling injured workers for a long time... I want to assure you that you are not alone and what you are feeling is entirely normal! Here are some of the answers I got to my brief survey: What do you miss about working?
  • Being out in public and seeing people
  • Filling up my day with different activities
  • Earning money, having freedom and independence
  • Having something to look forward to
  • Doing something I'm good at
What are some of your biggest job search obstacles?
  • Use of my injured body part
  • Memory and concentration
  • Lack of skills
  • Finding a job in a new field or industry
  • Age
What are your biggest job search fears?
  • Not being able to do the job
  • Interviewing
  • Not being able to make enough money
  • Not being hired
  • Learning new skills
It is hard enough to look for and find work, but to add another obstacle such as a work related injury just makes it that much more difficult. There are steps you can take to overcome your concerns, obstacles, and even your biggest job search fears.

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