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We all lead busy lives with seemingly constant demands on our personal and professional time. When it comes to looking for a new challenge such as finding the right substance misuse job, there just never seem to be enough hours in the day. But there are practical steps you can take to ensure you make job hunting easier. Here’s some straightforward tips from Sanctuary on what you can do to make the search run more smoothly…

Getting noticed


If you are putting yourself out there in the job marketplace, ensure your profile and CV is up to date and reflects the person you are so that when a potential employer ‘looks you up’ they will be impressed.

That means thinking about your LinkedIn profile and updating it to reflect your latest skills and outlook.

Have your CV prepared and current as you may be asked to forward it at short notice. Remember, it is often the first point of contact between you and the person potentially taking you on.

If you’re a regular reader to our blog articles, you may have noticed we regularly include information about what you should be including within your CV.

Reflect your experience


Be familiar with all the details in the job advert, not only for when you get an interview but also because you can tailor your CV to suit specific job applications.

Make sure it reflects your experience and suitability to join a substance misuse team where you’ll be helping people recover from dependence on illegal, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, alcohol or solvents.

Also, have a draft of a cover letter ready so you can respond to a job advert at short notice. There may be times you may not find out about a job until quite close to the closing date, but if you are prepared, that won’t be a problem for you.

Target the right job for you


Think carefully about the substance misuse job you are after in terms of role and location – whether you want to work in an inner-city environment or a more rural setting, for example, and is the job a career change, or a step up the ladder?

Make sure you are well prepared should you see the job you want so you can apply for it and hopefully get an interview. You can also sign up to alerts so that job boards can notify you of any new opportunities.

Be organised


Organise your personal life. If you have a good work-life balance and are effective at making good use of your time away from work, then you should be able to find the time to plan your next job move. But if you are serious about seeking a new substance misuse role, then put that at the top – or towards the top – of your agenda.

Here at Sanctuary, we have a wide selection of substance misuse jobs on our website at with consultants who can help you with advice and support along the way.
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