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Injured Workers Need Guidance To Return To Work

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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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Mary Sherwood Sevinsky Mary is master’s-prepared and has over 20 years of experience in career assessment, counseling, and assisting transitioning workers such as those needing to make a career change, or who are moving, injured or disabled. Mary also has a great deal of experience with high level professionals and mature workers. Areas of expertise include: Career Assessment and Assistance, Resume Development, LinkedIn Profiles, Bio’s, Cover Letters, and Interview Preparation.