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Meet CAC’s New Program Coordinator!

Chioma Onyekwere on September 1, 2016

My name is Chioma Onyekwere and I am excited to be the new Program Coordinator at Cancer and Careers! I recently graduated with my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.

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Quick Tips for Fine-tuning Your Focus

Sarah Goodell on August 29, 2016

We all know what it feels like to struggle to focus at work, and this can be even more difficult when you have a cancer diagnosis and treatment side effects to deal with. A recent Daily Muse article shares some great tips to help sharpen your focus

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Anxiety from Cancer: What’s the Best Way to Cope?

Nicole Shaffer, LMSW on August 25, 2016

Cancer is not something most people plan for in life. Given its unexpected nature, it is understandable that many feel in a state of unease when they are touched by it. Here we discuss ways to adjust to and cope with the anxiety that can accompany a diagnosis, and remain even after being told the cancer is gone.

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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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Managing Stress at Work

Maddy Meislin on August 18, 2016

If you’re feeling stressed at work, you’re not alone. In fact, the APA found that more than a third of American workers experience chronic work stress. When it comes to life stress, cancer can definitely be one of the most significant contributors. So it stands to reason that news of a diagnosis only exacerbates pressure and anxiety on the job.

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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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What's the Impact of Social Media Use for Those with Cancer?

Nicole Shaffer, LMSW on August 8, 2016

The proliferation of social media around the world is undeniable. Regardless of age, race, sex or socioeconomic status, people's use of social media tools is widespread. How is this technology impacting the lives of individuals with cancer?

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Financial Toxicity for Cancer Survivors Rising

Maddy Meislin on August 4, 2016

For many cancer survivors, diagnosis and treatment aren’t the only hardships. Financial implications of cancer can be devastating. According to a new poll, 26% of Americans say healthcare costs have caused serious financial problems for them or their family.

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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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Feeling Overwhelmed at Work? Here’s Help…

Chrissy Brennan on July 28, 2016

For anyone trying to manage cancer in addition to a job, the term “overwhelmed” doesn’t even come close. Learning how to cultivate mindfulness can help.

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It’s Time to Change the Way We Think About Cancer

Sarah Goodell on July 25, 2016

Cancer has become a chronic illness for many people today, something that is manageable and that they live with long-term. We hear this often in our work with cancer patients and survivors, and it further demonstrates the need for a shift in how we view cancer.

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6th Annual National Conference on Work & Cancer

Rebecca Nellis on July 21, 2016

We had 372 attendees, a 28.7% increase over last year and a whopping 158% increase over the first year! People from 29 states plus the District of Columbia joined us for a day of community building and knowledge sharing.

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Social Media Smarts: Mistakes to Avoid!

Nicole Shaffer, 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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Tips for Developing Your Time Management Skills

Rachel Becker, LMSW on July 14, 2016

"Time management"a life skill that gets developed and refined over time. For many cancer survivors, taking the time to refresh ones approach to time management can help mitigate the overwhelming feelings that often arise when balancing a job and/or job search, ongoing doctor appointments, and all of the other things that come with life.

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How to Be Happy on the Job

Chrissy Brennan on July 11, 2016

Being happy at work is important to most people, but it can be especially important to cancer patients and survivors who are working through treatment. Find out how changing the way you think about your job can improve your degree of job satisfaction.

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Don’t Take Job-Search Shortcuts!

Maddy Meislin on July 7, 2016

Looking for a new job is not easy. If you have cancer, it can seem even more challenging, because you’ll need to consider things related to treatment and recovery. As a result, you may feel inclined to take shortcuts, but doing so can make the process harder in the long run.

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Tips for Organizing Your Resume Based on Who You Are and Where You're Going

Sarah Goodell on July 6, 2016

A recent article in The Muse discusses the intricacies of organizing your resume — and the importance of doing so strategically.

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How to Convey Enthusiasm in a Cover Letter

Nicole Shaffer, LMSW on June 27, 2016

Many hiring managers continue to emphasize the value of cover letters. And while it’s important to express interest and enthusiasm for the position you’re targeting, some ways of conveying excitement are more effective than others.

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Looking for Work When You’re Over 55

Maddy Meislin on June 23, 2016

A CNBC article includes advice from experts on strategies candidates 55 years and older can use to reinvent themselves and re-enter the workforce.

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