Be the Boss Over Cancer


What jobs are out there for cancer patients in remission? 

How can I find jobs within the city I live in?

What types of job are there? 



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  • Margot Larson

    Margot Larson on Apr 22, 2014

    Career Coach Comment:


    Congratulations on being in remission.

    Your question about job opportunities is very broad.  Regardless of whether or not we have health
    issues, finding a job has to do with our skills, competencies, training and
    track record.  So in order to provide
    some good ideas, we would have to know a little bit more about your career and
    past employment.

    What type of work have you done in the past? 

    What type of industry do you prefer?

    Are you looking for full time or part time work? 

    What is your training, your skills? 

    What are you best at doing and/or enjoy the most in past

    What city do you live in, or at least, tell us what part of
    the country and whether you live in a urban or rural environment?

     With a little bit more information,  I am sure I can provide you with several suggestions
    and point you in the right direction.

     Looking forward to hearing from you.


  • Bud Bilanich

    Bud Bilanich on Apr 22, 2014

    Career Coach Comment:

    First of all, I’m glad you’re doing well enough in dealing with your cancer to be thinking about employment. Good for you.
    Second, you’re a fighter. You’re on your way to beating cancer. That means that you’re a strong person, emotionally and physically. Employers want and need strong people who don’t give up easily. You fit the bill.
    Third, I agree with Margot. It is difficult to provide you with any helpful ideas on finding a job without knowing a little bit more about you, your skills, your interests, and your experience. If you send us some of this information, we can help you.
    Keep your head up and keep moving forward.

  • Toni W.

    Toni W. on Apr 23, 2014

    Thank you all so much. Yes I've always worked in customer service, such as receptionist,  office clerk,  library clerk, I guess you could say all my jobs have been admistration clerical type jobs.  

    I work for our local police department, but I'm looking for a change. I'm a cancer survivor and I want to do something to help other cancer survivors or patients.  I work in the detective unit as an intake clerk if you will, obtaining pertinent supplemental information. Anything clerical. Typing faxing data entry filing, making police reports.

  • Margot Larson

    Margot Larson on Apr 23, 2014

    Career Coach Comment:


    Thanks for sharing your background. With good customer
    service skills, that opens the door to a lot of opportunities.  Make a list of organizations that would
    appeal to you as a potential employer.

    Consider Cancer Support Organizations, Cancer Centers, State
    Health Advocacy agencies and any other agencies and non-profit organizations
    where you would be able to help others. 
    Think of not only helping patients but also patient families.

    Then go to our website to learn how to put together a great
    resume that will get the attention of employers and get you the interview. 

    When networking or interviewing,  focus on your skills, your accomplishments and
    your potential  contribution to their
    organization.  The fact that you have
    lived through cancer speaks of resilience, flexibility and
    resourcefulness.   I would advise you to
    focus on the qualities you have acquired, rather than your cancer history. You
    don’t want a hiring manager to be concerned about how your health will impact
    your attendance or performance.  You want
    them to realize what a great compassionate customer service employee you would
    be for their organization.

    Once you identify open positions within the organizations
    you are targeting, check with people you know to get an introduction to someone
    in that organization so that you will have an internal advocate.

    Networking is one of the best ways to land a job.

    In the meantime, while searching for a job, why not
    volunteer at one of the organizations on your target list.  You will create relationships internally,
    show what you are capable of doing and probably get to hear about potential
    openings before they are posted externally.

    Hope these ideas are helpful.  Good Luck.


  • Toni W.

    Toni W. on Apr 23, 2014

    Thanks Margot.  

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