Be the Boss Over Cancer

Hi, I am still getting chemo, but would like to solidify a job before treatment is over, to lower stress.  Because stress in regards to this issue is really hurting my recovery I think.  The hard thing is, my desired location is a little far away.  I live in CT and want to (actually, have to, for my fiancée, who is going to study) relocate to the DC/metro area.

I have called a long list of numbers and have gotten advice on other places to check out.  Then I call those numbers and get advice on other numbers to call, ad nausea.  I just want to learn how I can better direct my energy, in a more efficient manner.  Because I feel I have expended a lot of energy in things that have turned out to be dead ends.  My goal: To find a job with a non profit cancer organization in the DC area, or something to do with patient navigation or advocacy.  I have a BA in sociology and don't have the money to pursue any further education at this time. How do I get the ball rolling and find people who might want to check out my resume?  I am also looking for networking advice in regards to finding my desired job.

I can post my resume if someone is interested.  Maybe I just need a guiding hand, someone who is willing to take a shot on a young passionate guy who might not have a huge amount of exp., but is willing to learn quickly and fight for others, in the future, who are dealing with what I am dealing with now.


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  • Margot Larson

    Margot Larson on Mar 23, 2011

    Career Coach Comment:


    You are surely tackling three big boulders at one time.
    Cancer Treatment, Relocation and Job Search.
    Any one of these requires a great deal of energy.

    Obviously the best way to find a job, particularly when relocating, is by networking. That is both time and energy consuming. As a career coach, I see statistics that indicate the search time before landing a job is more than 26 weeks. On the other hand, I have had clients land in 3 weeks.

    Here are a few steps I would consider if I were in your shoes.

    • Be sure that your resume is written so that it will have strong impact. A good resume can either get you in the door; a poor resume will get you screened out.
    • Be prepared to sell your capabilities; do not sound desperate.
    • Use the social network to get your message out. LinkedIn is a good start to define your interests and post your resume.
    • Use your fiancee’s network in DC to meet the right people including the placement officer wherever she is going to study.
    • Select the hospital/cancer center where you plan to get your treatment and look there for a potential opportunity.
    • Volunteer while you are waiting to land the job. You may meet the right people and the volunteer opportunity could become the job.
    • Find the employment agencies/recruiters that specialize in non-profit organizations and register with them.
    • Register as a “temp”; some work is better than no work.
    • Call the DC United Way resource center and other such organizations who might know of upcoming openings.

    • Here are a few websites that list jobs for non profit in DC and nationally, that you might want to check out. I did not check them out. I simply did a quick search.,, -, -,

    Since Healthcare and Green Energy are two of the growing industries, you might want to focus on those.
    A lot of the legwork I am suggesting can be done from your home with a telephone and a computer to develop the network you need in place before you set up meetings.

    Most important, believe that you will land a job. Focus on the little successes. Maintain that same positive attitude we need to successfully battle cancer.

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