Be the Boss Over Cancer


I have recently finished treatment for breast cancer in May 2012, while simultaneously completing training in esthetics, and starting a health and wellness coach training program all in the same month.  Being that I don't have any experience with my new training and have over a year of work off to fill in on my resume, I am totally blocked about where to start.  Do you have any advice?  Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.


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  • Amanda D.

    Amanda D. on Aug 16, 2012

    ooop I didn't realize I'd be posting, thought I was sending a private message.  Can you please remove my post, so my name and phone number is not shown?

  • Sarah Goodell

    Sarah Goodell on Aug 16, 2012

    Cancer and Careers Staff Comment:

    Hi Amanda,

    Thanks for reaching out! I removed your personal information from the post and sent your question over to one of our career coaches who will get back to you soon.


    Sarah, Cancer and Career Program Coordinator

  • Margot Larson

    Margot Larson on Aug 20, 2012

    Career Coach Comment:


    It’s great to hear that you have utilized some downtime and taken the initiative
    to explore new career paths.  Here’s how
    I suggest you approach your resume.

    First, know that you do not have to list the months of employment, only the
    year.  That allows more flexibility.  So your previous positions would probably
    list as ending in 2011.

    To fill the gap, indicate on your resume where you would put your most
    recent position:

    Returned to school for further training -2012

    Under Education  add:

    Health and Wellness Coaching Program
    – 2012

    Esthetics Training Program – 2012


    Depending on where the courses were
    held, you might add the name of the School but only if it brings value and
    credibility to the training.  If you have
    a certification or a license, add that information also.

     I also suggest that while you are
    looking for a new position, volunteer to use these new skills you have
    learned.  You could volunteer at a Parks
    and Recreation program, a Rehab center, a Cancer Center.  You could also seek an internship with an
    organization or in the case of Esthetics at a SPA center or with an experienced
    Esthetician.  Also check whether you
    could work as a Trainer’s assistant teaching these skills at the school where you got your training.   All of these experiences can then be listed
    on your resume and it adds to your candidacy and marketability.

     Also, be sure to indicate in your
    cover letter that while you were unemployed, you took the opportunity to expand
    your skills and knowledge with further training to improve your career options.

     I hope this information is helpful to you.


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