Post treatment job search (first post graduation job)Save as Favorite
I just turned 27. Was diagnosed with hodgkins lymphoma three years ago. Have had treatment on and off since then (with short remissions.) During this time, I finished law school (December 2010), and worked part time a little bit off and on. Since my last treatment, which started in March 2011, I have not worked. I had an allo stem cell transplant (september 2011- december 2011), an it is a long recovery time, so I have been recovering. Latest scans show I am in remission...next one is in one week.
I have applied for disability (which will hopefully be retroactive..) and I have cobra, but I need to get a job soon.
I am not particularly interested in getting a legal job just yet, because I haven't taken the bar yet and I don't think I am up for it yet.
What I need to know is about applying for jobs. I am planning on seeking something maybe part time, something that is not particularly demanding, and transitioning later. But I don't know what to put on my resume. Since I went to school and then became a cancer patient, I don't have much work experience (except for various part time jobs I had in college, etc.). I also don't know if I should include my law school education for the types of jobs I am going to be applying for?
I have been reading posts on here and they all say not to disclose your medical history, so I am considering just lying about my graduation date and avoiding the gap all together?
If not, is it ever appropriate to explain the gaps in a cover letter or interview (if asked in the interview?)