Unemployment because of a work-related injury in North Carolina may complicate your plans for the future. You may wonder if you will ever have the chance to work again.
Even if you cannot go back to your former career, there may be an alternative job that you have the qualifications for. Vocational rehabilitation, for example, can give you the tools to optimize your skills and improve your marketability so you can get another job.
Fine-tune your resume
Your resume plays a significant role in highlighting the best parts of your work experience, educational accomplishments and personal competencies. After suffering a work-related injury, you may wonder how to make your prior work experience more relevant to your current job search. According to the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services, vocational rehabilitation may include career counseling and assistance with adjusting and fine-tuning your resume. Some of the tasks you may receive help with include the following:
- Improving the layout of your information
- Articulating past accomplishments using concrete numbers
- Writing a concise and eye-catching list of skills
- Organizing your work history
Target your job search
Despite your newfound limitations, you may still possess several valuable skills that can transfer to other careers. Vocational rehabilitation can help you identify these transferrable skills so you can target your job search. You can make a list of things you enjoy and that interest you. Follow this with a list of your qualifications and skills. Drawing upon this information, you may more easily identify jobs that you have a good chance of getting.
Your employer may provide assistance for you to receive vocational rehabilitation and other rehabilitative services. Considering the gravity of a work-related injury, you may benefit from hiring an attorney to represent you and advocate for your rights.