The Basics of Applying for a Job
After leaving an abusive relationship, many people look for fresh starts. They may be living alone for the first time or finding new, more healthy relationships. Another new aspect may be job-hunting. One reason some find leaving an abusive situation difficult is due to finances; without a partner’s financial support, day-to-day living can be a challenge. If you’ve recently left an abusive partnership, isolation and other concerns may have prevented you from learning the necessary skills for job hunting. In this multi-part blog series, we’ll tackle what you need to know to secure a job.
Where to Find a Job
First, let’s cover where to look for a job. Most employers post new jobs online. If you don’t have access to a computer, the library has computers that anyone can use for free with a library card (make sure to get a library card; libraries have a wealth of resources beyond books, like computers, tax help, and videos). The following are some places you can look for work in the area:
The Mining Journal. The newspaper is often the first place an employer will post a job, so it’s always a good place to start. The area the newspaper covers is fairly large, too, so if you’re looking for a job in Gwinn, you can narrow your search by city.
SimplyHired. Many services exist like SimplyHired – Indeed, Snagajob, Monster, and Zipcruiter are a few. Most of these have the same job listings, but SimplyHired seems to update for this area regularly. From acting to part-time nursing care, this site offers many types of career options.
Flexjobs. If you do have regular access to a computer and some specific talent that could translate online, Flexjobs is worth a look. It’s an online board that culls all the legitimate online work. The only snag is that it does cost $10 for the first month and $15 after. However, if you have computer skills, are fluent in another language, or are open to freelance work, it may be worth it.
City of Marquette. Working for the city comes with many benefits, including job security. Check out the city’s human resource page. Other cities will have similar sites for work if you are looking outside of Marquette.
UP Health System. You don’t have to be a doctor or a nurse to work for one of the Upper Peninsula’s largest employers. From data entry to janitorial work, employment here is varied and steady.
Be Open to Opportunities
Your first job may not be your dream job, but if you get a bite after applying for work, even if it’s not the job you initially wanted, it can be great experience and a perfect way to build your resume. In our next segment, we’ll guide you through the steps of building your resume and how to prepare for a job interview.
Leaving an abusive relationship may be the hardest thing you’ve ever done. Knowing what to do next can seem overwhelming, but once you’ve taken the first step into your new life, you’ll find every other step is a bit easier. A new career may be just the challenge you need to move on after suffering from domestic violence. Nothing can change the past of violence you suffered, but the future is wide open before you.