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How to let an employer know that I am interested Iin working but have cancer and still undergoing treatment

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  • Sarah Goodell

    Sarah Goodell on May 9, 2013

    Cancer and Careers Staff Comment:

    Hi Diane,

    Apologies for the delayed response, we're experiencing some problems with our website alerts. I am sending your question to one of our career coaches who will get back to you soon. In the meantime, I would recommend that you read through the Sharing the News section of our website: http://www.cancerandcareers.org/en/at-work/Sharing-the-News

    There is a lot of information here on the various aspects of disclosing your diagnosis, such as should you tell, who to tell, how to tell, etc.

    I hope that this is helpful!

    Best,

    Sarah, Cancer and Careers Program Coordinator

  • Margot Larson

    Margot Larson on May 11, 2013

    Career Coach Comment:

    Diane –

    To better respond to your question, I need to know whether
    you are referring to your current employer or a potential new employer.  Are you in the process of interviewing for a
    job? Or, are you pondering an offer? 
    What is your profession?  Are you
    considering part time or full time employment?

    If  you are currently
    interviewing for a job, I would advise you to not share your diagnosis at this
    stage of the process.  Focus on
    articulating the skills you bring to the position and the contribution you can
    make to the organization, by sharing your achievements.  Ask to see the job description in order to
    assess whether you can perform the job, with or without accommodations.

    If you are offered the position and accept it, you may have
    to ask for accommodations at that point. When you do, you reveal only as much
    as you need to, i.e. I need flexibility once per month for a medical
    procedure.  I will make up the time or
    work from home.  Depending on the size of
    the organization, they may be legally required to provide accommodations.  Please reach out to our legal experts for
    more details about your rights.

    I also suggest that you read through some of the previous
    postings where we have addressed variations of this topic.

    I look forward to learning more about the specifics of your
    employment status so that I can be of greater help to you.

     Margot

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