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Defining Your Own Experience

Rebecca Nellis on September 18, 2020

Rebecca Nellis, Executive Director of Cancer and Careers, discusses the importance of defining your own experience, and offers possible responses when others speak in ways that may be uncomfortable for you.

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On the passing of Chadwick Boseman

Rebecca Nellis on August 31, 2020

Rebecca Nellis, Executive Director of Cancer and Careers, discusses the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, and the deeply personal decision of disclosure.

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Refreshing Your Digital Footprint While Sheltering in Place

Rebecca Nellis on May 14, 2020

This week we hosted a virtual program on job search and one of the questions that came up was what constitutes inappropriate content online. From our perspective inappropriate doesn’t necessarily mean bad, it is rather about considering anything you have posted through the context of what is valuable and helpful for you to have online right now.

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Taking The Time To Work On Your Resume During COVID-19

Rebecca Nellis on April 9, 2020

Even small tasks may feel challenging in the times we're currently in of social distancing, isolation from loved ones, and the uncertainty of the future. This doesn't mean the time can't be used productively to help you feel more positive and prepared for what comes next.

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The Decade in Review

Rebecca Nellis on January 7, 2020

posted in CAC Resource, Resources

As we welcome a new decade, join us in taking a look back over the past 10 years at CAC.

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15 Years and Counting

Rebecca Nellis on March 4, 2019

posted in CEW, Meet the Staff

Last Thursday marked my 15th anniversary at Cancer and Careers. During the past decade and a half, I have changed, the organization has changed…and we have changed each other.

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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. Every day, Cancer and Careers works to reach these brave and inspiring people...

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