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“Why Are You Looking for a New Job?” 4 Tips for Crafting Your Best Interview Answer

Rachel Becker, LMSW on April 24, 2017

This question comes up frequently during job interviews and can be challenging to answer — particularly for survivors whose reasons for seeking work may be tied to cancer-related concerns. Here are four tips to help you create the best possible answer.

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How to Go from Volunteer to Career

Nicole Franklin on April 3, 2017

There are many things you can do to help yourself transition from volunteer to employee, which can be particularly useful for cancer survivors who took time off from work but volunteered during/after treatment. Here are some tips for turning your volunteer gig into a full-time job.

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Changing Careers? Knowing Your Transferable Skills Is Key.

Rachel Becker, LMSW on March 20, 2017

For many career changers, their first impulse is to take a professional development course or start networking. While these are both worthwhile initiatives, according to a recent article by Après Group, an important first step in this process is to identify transferable skills.

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How to Make Age an Advantage in the Job Search

Nicole Jarvis, LMSW on March 13, 2017

Many older job-seekers express concern that their age puts them at a disadvantage when job-hunting. Check out these suggestions for how to make it a positive characteristic.

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Addressing Professional Weaknesses During a Job Interview

Nicole Franklin on February 21, 2017

“What is your biggest weakness?” is a common job interview question. It’s also one that can be difficult for many people to answer appropriately. However, there are ways to effectively prepare for and address this question.

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How to Overcome Your Fears of Looking for Work

Chioma Onyekwere on February 13, 2017

Finding a new job can be challenging, so succumbing to job-search fears is not uncommon. However, by changing your mindset, you can overcome your anxiety and make progress in landing your dream job.

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5 “Cultural Fit” Questions You Should Ask

Maddy Meislin on January 30, 2017

An article by Monster Worldwide Inc. shares some of the best questions you should ask during the interview process to help you gain a sense of the work culture you’ll be walking into.

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Don’t Meet All the Qualifications for a Position? That’s Okay!

Nicole Jarvis, LMSW on January 23, 2017

When job-searching, it is common to read a summary of the position and rule yourself out if you do not meet every qualification listed. However, you are doing yourself a disservice by not applying just because you don’t fit the exact description.

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A Benefit’s Only a Benefit If It Benefits You

Rachel Becker, LMSW on January 17, 2017

The Society for Human Resource Management’s 2016 Employee Benefits Report found there are approximately 350 different benefits being offered by today’s employers. If you are a talented candidate evaluating job offers, consider the actual value these benefits provide, particularly if your needs have changed due to cancer.

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What to Say If You Left on Bad Terms with Your Previous Employer

Chioma Onyekwere on December 12, 2016

For cancer patients and survivors whose departure from their previous job was in some way related to their diagnosis, formulating a response to the question “Why did you leave?” is hard.

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What If My Job References Know I Have Cancer?

Maddy Meislin on November 28, 2016

“What if my job references know I have cancer?” is a question we are often asked at Cancer and Careers. Our Chief Mission Officer, Rebecca Nellis, shares some of CAC’s ideas for what to do in this situation, on our Ask a Career Coach discussion board.

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Common Resume Mistakes to Avoid

Chioma Onyekwere on November 7, 2016

While there is certainly no perfect resume, you don’t want recruiters to dismiss yours because it contains one of these common mistakes.

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Make Networking Work for You

Nicole Jarvis, LMSW on October 13, 2016

For a lot of people, networking is neither easy nor enjoyable; but many will admit that, when done right, it works!

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Tips to Help Your Cover Letter Stand Out

Chioma Onyekwere on October 6, 2016

Crafting your cover letter can be a little nerve-wracking, but the cover letter serves as an introduction to your qualifications to prospective employers.

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Questions You Should Be Asking During an Interview

Nicole Jarvis, LMSW on October 3, 2016

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There are common misconceptions about interviewing. While it can feel as though the potential employer is the one who has all of the power, it is important for you as the interviewee to ask some questions of your own, so you can determine whether this is place where you truly want to work.

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Are You Getting in the Way of Your Own Job Search?

Rachel Becker, LMSW on August 22, 2016

Most job-seekers experience a lot of ups and downs while looking for work. It’s quite common for this virtual roller coaster to cause us to start telling ourselves “stories” about emotionally fraught circumstances that aren’t necessarily true — and believing them can slow us down on our path to employment.

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What Not to Share During a Job Interview

Chrissy Brennan on August 15, 2016

Job interviews give you the chance to share information about yourself and your capabilities. But before you sit down to speak with a hiring manager, make sure you know what’s useful to share — and what you’re better off keeping to yourself.

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The Ultimate Four-Step Guide to Changing Your Career

Sarah Goodell on August 11, 2016

There are many reasons why people decide to change careers. One that we hear of often is cancer. A cancer diagnosis can cause people to think about their lives in a way that they hadn’t before — and it can make them realize that they want to do something entirely different. Here are four important steps to switching careers.

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The Flexibility Question: Exploring Company Culture Before You Accept the Job

Rachel Becker, LMSW on August 1, 2016

For cancer survivors who are returning to the work force or changing careers, landing in a work environment with an open and flexible company culture can be a top priority. But is it possible to get a sense of how flexible a potential employer <em>really</em> is before you accept an offer?

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Social Media Smarts: Mistakes to Avoid!

Nicole Jarvis, LMSW on July 18, 2016

For many, social media has become a staple in our lives. With the addition of LinkedIn, the usage has expanded from a socializing tool, to including a professional and career-oriented aspect. However, it's important to keep in mind: what goes online, stays online. Here are some common mistakes to keep in mind during the job search.

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