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Gearing Up for Our 2016 National Conference on Work & Cancer

Chrissy Brennan on April 11, 2016

On June 17th Cancer and Careers will hold its sixth annual National Conference on Work & Cancer, featuring our core content on balancing work and employment, as well as new sessions and speakers on topics such as body image/self-confidence and nutrition.

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Beyond LinkedIn: The Dos and Don'ts of Building an Online Brand

Rachel Becker, LMSW on March 31, 2016

LinkedIn is not the only online platform to focus on when building/maintaining a professional online presence. Facebook and Twitter are also frequently reviewed by both hiring managers and employers, which makes it essential for today’s professionals to understand social media dos and don’ts.

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Resume Review Service: Best Practices

Maddy Meislin on March 21, 2016

Since 2013, Cancer and Careers has been working with professional career coach Julie Jansen to provide free, personalized feedback on more than 450 cancer survivors’ resumes through our Resume Review service. This year, we are excited to have L’Oreal USA sponsoring the program, so we can reach even more job-seeking survivors!

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Answering Tough Interview Questions

Rebecca Nellis on March 7, 2016

posted in Interview, Job Search

The “gap” question is probably the one that most often poses a challenge for cancer survivors during an interview. But there are other questions that might trip you up if you haven't spent time thinking about how to address them. Below are a few examples — plus sample responses — to get you started. Of course there is no one-size-fits-all answer.

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Happiest Companies — According to You

Maddy Meislin on February 29, 2016

Forbes recently published an article on The 25 Happiest Companies to Work for in 2015 based on eight factors that impact professional happiness. However, as a cancer patient or survivor, what is important to you in the workplace may be different than it is for someone else.

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Webinar Recap: Career Change

Rachel Becker, LMSW on February 22, 2016

In February 2016, our Balancing Work & Cancer Webinar Series turned its focus to the subject of career change. Led by expert career coach Julie Jansen, this 60-minute session explored the ways cancer survivors can empower themselves toward making a work transition.

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Top 100 Companies in 2016 for Flexible Work

Kelsey Fenton on February 9, 2016

FlexJobs recently released its third annual list of top companies with remote jobs. This is a great resource if you're looking for telecommute-friendly positions that will help make treatment side effects easier to handle while working.

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Finding the Job First

Maddy Meislin on February 3, 2016

As we all know, applying for a job through an online or public job posting can be extremely competitive. However, a recent Mediabistro article offers strategies to help you find out about a position before everyone else does.

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Refresh Your Job Search in 2016!

Rachel Becker, LMSW on January 21, 2016

Whether you’re in the midst of an ongoing job search or starting a new one, now is the time to harness the energy of the new year and strategize for 2016.

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Planning for Your Job Search in 2016

Kelsey Fenton on December 21, 2015

The holidays are a great time to visit with friends and family, reflect on the past year and look ahead to the next. But the busyness of the season can make it hard stay focused on the job-hunt. Here are some tips for maintaining momentum and finding out what the in-demand job trends are for 2016.

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How to Choose the Right Career Coach

Sarah Goodell on December 16, 2015

For many people, cancer is inspiration for career change. But transitioning to a new field isn’t easy. Often, the hardest part is deciding what, exactly, you want to do. This is where a career coach can be incredibly helpful, but it’s important to make sure you’re working with the right one.

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Resume Tips for Career Changers

Maddy Meislin on December 7, 2015

Many cancer survivors feel their diagnosis has inspired them to pursue a completely new career. However, changing from one field to another can be challenging. A few simple tweaks to your resume can help.

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The Power of Words...In a Resume

Chrissy Brennan on October 22, 2015

posted in Job Search, Resume

When it comes to your resume, a lot of information has to be conveyed in a limited amount of time and space. So what you include has to pack a punch!

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Simple Resume-Summary Formula

Kelsey Fenton on September 18, 2015

Many of our career coaches advocate for a “summary” or “profile” at the top of your resume. This is where the person reading your resume is going to get the most pertinent information about you and decide if he/she should continue reading. However, sometimes the most difficult part of writing a summary is getting started.

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Using Social Skills to Stay Relevant

Maddy Meislin on September 17, 2015

If you are looking for a new job, you may want to consider looking for one that requires social skills over specialized technical skills.

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Customizing the Order of Your Resume

Maddy Meislin on August 27, 2015

One step to crafting an effective resume is organizing all the sections in the correct order. Career specialist Lily Zhang recommends tailoring the order of your resume based on the position you are seeking and your specific situation.

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Online Resources for Professional Development

Rachel Becker, LMSW on August 24, 2015

Professional development is essential whether you are actively employed, taking time off from work, job-hunting or looking to make a career change. And with the abundance of free courses available online today, learning new skills is easier than ever.

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Finding Employment After Cancer

Sarah Goodell on August 13, 2015

We receive tons of fantastic questions through our Ask a Career Coach service. Today we want to highlight one about finding employment after treatment, as this applies to so many survivors. Our career coach Kathy Flora did a marvelous job laying out how to approach this process, which can often feel overwhelming.

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Humans or Robots: Who Is Reading Your Resume?

Maddy Meislin on August 10, 2015

Daily Muse, Inc, and DailyWorth recently published an informative article titled “4 Lies (and 1 Truth) About Applicant Tracking Systems,” which addresses the following important question: Should we be crafting our resumes for machines or humans?

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Interviewing for a Remote Job

Kelsey Fenton on June 5, 2015

We frequently talk about the benefits of telecommuting jobs for cancer patients and survivors - flexible hours to work around doctor appointments, working from home to help manage side effects, etc. If you're looking for flexible work, here are a few tips for interviewing for a remote job from an Idealist blog.

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