Be the Boss Over Cancer

I moved to UK in 2001 and returned to USA recently. I am being treated for Bladder Cancer in Chicago and also like to look for employment. I had good background in IT and worked for large corporation such as Microsoft, CompUSA and Blue Cross Blue Shield(As A contractor). For last two years I have been treated for Bladder Cancer in UK but now I want to established in USA. I need to look for work but confused where to start, little help would really be appreciated.

I have BS in Computer Science and I am also very technical so I can also work with Hardware. I did graduated from DeVRY University in Chicago and I am back in Chicago. I was in Irving Texas when I was working for Microsoft. I am willing to take further training in order to update my skills but do need some help in making the right decision.

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  • Julie Jansen

    Julie Jansen on May 9, 2013

    Career Coach Comment:

    Hi Waheed,

    My apologies for the delay in responding to your post. To conduct an effective job search in the US you need a good resume, a compelling LinkedIn profile to start with. Then I recommend you create a list of larger companies in your geographic area and try to find contacts on LinkedIn. There are also many networking support groups for people looking for work and I encourage you to attend some of those. You can search for jobs on job boards such as Indeed, Simply Hire, LinkUp, etc. however I caution you that it is much tougher to get interviews as they get bombarded with applications. If you see an opening on one of those sites, apply but also try to find someone in your network on LinkedIn whom you can reach out to. Job fairs are another way to meet prospective employers. Good luck!

    Take care,

    Julie 

  • Sarah Goodell

    Sarah Goodell on May 9, 2013

    Cancer and Careers Staff Comment:

    Hi Waheed,

    Thanks for reaching out and apologies for the delayed response. We've had a few glitches on our website that we're working through. Your question has been sent to one of our career coaches who will get back to you soon.

    Best,

    Sarah, Cancer and Careers Program Coordinator

  • Julie Jansen

    Julie Jansen on May 9, 2013

    Career Coach Comment:

    Hi Waheed,

    I am very sorry about the delayed response to your email. In order to conduct an effective job search in the U.S. you will need a good resume that is accomplishment focused with a profile and key words and a compelling LinkedIn profile.

    I would create a target list of large companies in your new geographic area and research people at the companies on LinkedIn. I would also join some IT LinkedIn groups and post comments and invite people within the groups to connect with you.

    I recommend researching job search support groups (usually sponsored by churches, etc.) to attend. These usually have speakers and give you the chance to network with other job seekers who may have contacts. 

    Definitely post your resume on job boards such as Indeed, Simply Hired, LinkUp and search for job openings however realize that they are bombarded with applications so your chances of getting interviews this way is much slimmer. If you see an opening, by all means apply however try to find a real person at the company with whom you can network with also.

    Finally job fairs may be another good way for you to get in front of prospective employers and it's also a great way to network with other job seekers.

    Good luck!

    Julie

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