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A Simple Mental Shift Can Help Make Networking Easier

Sarah Goodell on May 3, 2016

posted in Job Search, Networking

If networking makes you uncomfortable, you’re not alone. But it’s an essential part of the job-search process and it can help you get back to work if you’ve taken time off for treatment and recovery after a cancer diagnosis. Read on for tips on how to make networking easier.

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Mental Toughness at Work

Nicole Shaffer, LMSW on May 2, 2016

Much like physical strength, mental strength is something everyone has to work at to some degree. Mental toughness in the workplace can be important for self-discipline, task management and an overall feeling of confidence.

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Happiness at Work: Learning from Denmark

Maddy Meislin on April 28, 2016

According to a recent Business Insider article, we could learn a thing or two about happiness at work from Denmark, the happiest country in the world (according to international studies). The article lists some tips from the Scandinavian country on how Americans can make work a happier place.

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New Tool for Workplaces Touched by Cancer

Kelsey Fenton on April 25, 2016

At Cancer and Careers, we know that workplaces are touched by cancer too, not just employees. Workplace Transitions is a new tool that provides employers and supervisors with the information they need to support their staff and manage cancer in the workplace.

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Taking Control of Finances During Cancer

Rachel Becker, LMSW on April 21, 2016

Many hospitals are now hiring financial navigators to assist cancer survivors in addressing money-related concerns, but there are also many steps you can take on your own to take control of your financial circumstances.

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It’s the 6th Anniversary of the ACA. What’s Been Accomplished?

Nicole Shaffer, LMSW on April 18, 2016

In March of 2010, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama. Though there was much controversy initially, the benefits have been seen and felt by many. Find out what’s been accomplished in its first six years!

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3rd Annual Midwest Conference on Work & Cancer Recap!

Sarah Goodell on April 14, 2016

Our 3rd annual Midwest Conference on Work & Cancer was on April 8th — and it was a smashing success! The ballroom at the Hotel Chicago Downtown was almost filled to capacity, with 144 patients, survivors, healthcare providers and caregivers.

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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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Spotlight on Our Young Adult Cancer Community Partners!

Maddy Meislin on April 7, 2016

In honor of National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week, we would like to spotlight some of our amazing community partners that are making a difference in the lives of young adult survivors — not just this week, but each and every day!

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Talking to Family and Friends About Posting Online

Kelsey Fenton on April 4, 2016

According to a recent post on the NYT Well blog, more children than parents are concerned about what parents are posting about them on social media. This is a particularly important issue for childhood cancer survivors as well as adult survivors who have friends or family with a very active online presence.

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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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Our Midwest Conference on Work & Cancer Is Fast Approaching!

Nicole Shaffer, LMSW on March 28, 2016

Cancer and Careers’ Midwest Conference takes place on April 8th in Chicago — and we couldn’t be more excited!

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Spa Week Spring Event April 11th–17th

Lindsay Mitcher on March 24, 2016

posted in Cause Marketing

Ready. Set. Reserve! Spa Week sign-ups start now!

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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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Open Letter to Ask Amy

Rebecca Nellis on March 17, 2016

Dear Amy, I am writing to you from Cancer and Careers, a 15-year-old national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping cancer patients and survivors navigate the issues related to work and cancer, in response to a recent Ask Amy post you published regarding a question from “Recovering” about his/her skin cancer scar.

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Overcoming the Financial Toxicity of Cancer

Sarah Goodell on March 14, 2016

Cure Today recently published an article by SamFund founder and CEO Samantha Eisenstein Watson about the financial burden that comes with cancer and how it can be particularly overwhelming for young survivors. The SamFund is an incredible resource for young adults dealing with the financial aftermath of cancer treatment.

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Introducing Our New Website!

Chrissy Brennan on March 10, 2016

posted in CAC Resource, Resources

Cancer and Careers is thrilled to officially introduce our new website! After nearly a year of collective brainstorming, innovative designing, careful building and tons of hard work, we’re very proud of the result: a beautifully re-engineered and well-organized site with an improved user experience and access to helpful tools and information.

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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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Meet CAC's Newest Team Member

Alicia Chin on March 3, 2016

posted in Meet the Staff

Hi, I’m Alicia, a new staff member at Cancer and Careers. I’m also an old staff member, since I originally came on board in 2002, when the program was just getting started. There were only two of us back then, with a lot happening all at once. So much has changed!

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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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