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6th Annual National Conference on Work & Cancer

Rebecca Nellis on July 21, 2016

We had 372 attendees, a 28.7% increase over last year and a whopping 158% increase over the first year! People from 29 states plus the District of Columbia joined us for a day of community building and knowledge sharing.

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Open Letter to Ask Amy

Rebecca Nellis on March 17, 2016

Dear Amy, I am writing to you from Cancer and Careers, a 15-year-old national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping cancer patients and survivors navigate the issues related to work and cancer, in response to a recent Ask Amy post you published regarding a question from “Recovering” about his/her skin cancer scar.

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Answering Tough Interview Questions

Rebecca Nellis on March 7, 2016

posted in Interview, Job Search

The “gap” question is probably the one that most often poses a challenge for cancer survivors during an interview. But there are other questions that might trip you up if you haven't spent time thinking about how to address them. Below are a few examples — plus sample responses — to get you started. Of course there is no one-size-fits-all answer.

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The "Swivel"

Rebecca Nellis on December 2, 2013

posted in Interview, Job Search

Although it’s illegal for employers to ask specifics about health, it’s not out of the ordinary for them to inquire about a gap in employment during an interview. To make sure you stay in control and feel prepared, it’s wise to decide ahead of time what you will say.

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Should I disclose a cancer diagnosis during a job interview?

Rebecca Nellis on November 18, 2013

For many job-seeking survivors, a big question is whether and how to address your cancer in an interview.

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3rd Annual National Conference on Work & Cancer!

Rebecca Nellis on July 2, 2013

Last month was the 3rd annual National Conference on Work & Cancer, the crown jewel of our in-person programming for the year! This year we moved locations to accommodate more people, 35% more to be exact!

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On the Road: From the Rockies to the Pacific to Sin City (plus San Antonio, the Capital and QVC)!

Rebecca Nellis on May 7, 2013

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It has been an amazing couple of weeks for Cancer and Careers, meeting people coast-to-coast and talking about the issues people face as they navigate cancer and their work.

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CAC Survey Results Released!

Rebecca Nellis on March 11, 2013

posted in CAC Resource

79% of survey respondents feel that cancer recovery is aided by the routine nature of work.

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On the Road with CAC: California Dreaming

Rebecca Nellis on January 30, 2013

posted in CAC Event

Given how much travel the CAC team does, it seemed only right to create a blog series for 2013 called "On the Road with CAC."

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CAC Founder Honored

Rebecca Nellis on October 16, 2012

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Myself, Kate Sweeney (CAC's Executive Director) and a table full of CAC champions and Board members all spent a few privileged hours hearing extraordinary stories of women changing the world--including our very own Carlotta Jacobson (President of CEW, Inc. and founder of CAC).

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CAC Welcomes a New Coach!

Rebecca Nellis on September 11, 2012

Today I am thrilled to announce the addition of our sixth coach, Bud Bilanich! Bud is a career success coach, leadership consultant, motivational speaker, bestselling author, influential blogger and cancer survivor.

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Good News About Resume Gaps

Rebecca Nellis on April 5, 2012

posted in HR, Job Search, Resume

CareerBuilder found that 85% of hiring managers and HR managers are more understanding of employment gaps now than pre-recession.

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Research Update on Work & Cancer

Rebecca Nellis on February 16, 2012

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It is becoming clear that not enough people are being talked to with cancer and therefore not enough questions are being asked about cancer’s impact on employment. I am in the midst of finishing my master's thesis for a public policy degree, and am working to identify any stastically significant effect of cancer on employment

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Nine Survivors - One Goal

Rebecca Nellis on January 4, 2012

posted in Beauty of Giving

Every year approximately 780,000 cancer survivors return to work. Everyday Cancer and Careers works to reach these brave and inspiring people...

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Your Online Brand

Rebecca Nellis on October 17, 2011

Social media has become an incredibly important and valuable component to survivorship, providing immediate support and community but there are things to consider.

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How do you know when it is time to step away from work for a leave or permanently?

Rebecca Nellis on August 25, 2011

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With all the news about Steve Jobs and the speculation of why he chose to resign now, we got to chatting at Cancer and Careers about how every day we hear from people making the very difficult decisions about how to balance work and treatment.

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What Not To Say

Rebecca Nellis on April 19, 2011

posted in Coworker

Over the last couple weeks an article called "What not to say to a cancer patient" has been making the rounds in the cancer community. Whether you are a family member, friend, coworker, boss or all of the above, it is important to remember that though everyone is different there are some good rules of thumb for what not to say or do!

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National Young Adults with Cancer Awareness Week

Rebecca Nellis on April 7, 2011

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Did you know that approximately 70,000 young adults in their teens through their late 30’s are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States?

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Just Diagnosed and Worried About Work

Rebecca Nellis on March 29, 2011

posted in Career Advice

Just diagnosed and not sure what to do about work (or anything else)? You aren't alone. For most people, after they've talked to their healthcare team and family and have begun to put a treatment strategy in place, the next concern on their list is work.

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Networking Even After Losing Touch

Rebecca Nellis on February 10, 2011

posted in Networking

I am the first person to admit that the word networking makes me shudder with displeasure. I like things to be authentic and organic and there is something about “networking” that screams awkward and slightly fake.

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