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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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Midwest Conference on Work & Cancer Is April 8th!

Sarah Goodell on February 23, 2016

The third annual Midwest Conference on Work & Cancer is fast approaching. Join us on April 8th in Chicago for a free daylong event exploring the intersection of cancer and employment. It will be held at the Hotel Chicago Downtown, since we outgrew the space we've been in for the past two years! Hope to see you there!

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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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Stay Current with Labor Law Changes in 2016

Nicole Shaffer, LMSW on February 18, 2016

While knowing one’s rights in the workplace is always important, with a cancer diagnosis it is even more crucial to ensuring that you are being fully protected. See what’s new in 2016.

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Ways for Employers to Support Staff with Cancer

Chrissy Brennan on February 11, 2016

Thankfully, more and more employers are starting to realize that by supporting staff members who have cancer, the company itself stands to benefit as well.

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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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Infographic: Online Content Has Real Life Implications

Kelsey Fenton on February 1, 2016

FlexJobs.com recently shared an interesting infographic about the real life implications of online content. For cancer survivors, online content can potentially have even bigger implications when it comes to finding, or keeping, a job after diagnosis.

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Want to Work From Home? It's Getting Easier in 2016

Sarah Goodell on January 28, 2016

Good news for cancer patients and survivors who need more flexible work options: the number of flexible job openings continued to grow in the US in 2015. FlexJobs' annual year-end assessment of flexible jobs/telecommuting found that the number of employees who spend some time telecommuting is increasing as well.

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Addressing the Financial Burdens of Survivorship

Nicole Shaffer, LMSW on January 25, 2016

Cancer survival rates have been steadily increasing over the last few decades thanks to improvements in research and treatment. While this, of course, is fantastic news it also brings about new complexities associated with surviving cancer.

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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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When It’s Time for a Career Change

Nicole Shaffer, LMSW on January 14, 2016

Citing a new perspective on life following a cancer diagnosis as the impetus, many survivors feel the desire to change careers. This is nothing to be afraid of! While fear can be a real obstacle to transitioning into a new line of work, gaining the confidence and making a plan to execute the change is key.

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