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4 Nosy Interview Questions You Should Be Asking

Sarah Goodell on May 26, 2016

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As we’ve all heard, it’s helpful to show up to an interview with a well-thought-out list of questions about the position and company. But there are some questions that many of us are nervous to bring up; and while some of these should definitely be avoided, others are just fine — and, in fact, very important — to ask.

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The Right Approach to Networking

Nicole Jarvis, LMSW on May 23, 2016

In an age when so much of the job-search process is conducted online, the importance of standing out becomes all too clear. Using networking as a tool to develop relationships with potential employers can help distinguish you from the thousands of other job-seekers out there and ultimately land you the position you want.

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Emotions of a Career Change

Maddy Meislin on May 19, 2016

A recent article published in the Harvard Business Review discusses some of the common emotional effects that can accompany career transition.

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When Looking for a Job, Don’t Forget the Common Sense

Chrissy Brennan on May 17, 2016

Job-hunting is a multi-step process. Because it’s so involved — and can often take longer than we want — sometimes common sense gets lost in the shuffle.

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What to Do Right Before an Interview

Kelsey Fenton on May 9, 2016

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Here are some tips on how to use the last few minutes before you meet with a prospective employer, to get in the right mindset and ace the interview!

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A Simple Mental Shift Can Help Make Networking Easier

Sarah Goodell on May 3, 2016

posted in Job Search, Networking

If networking makes you uncomfortable, you’re not alone. But it’s an essential part of the job-search process and it can help you get back to work if you’ve taken time off for treatment and recovery after a cancer diagnosis. Read on for tips on how to make networking easier.

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Resume Review Service: Best Practices

Maddy Meislin on March 21, 2016

Since 2013, Cancer and Careers has been working with professional career coach Julie Jansen to provide free, personalized feedback on more than 450 cancer survivors’ resumes through our Resume Review service. This year, we are excited to have L’Oreal USA sponsoring the program, so we can reach even more job-seeking survivors!

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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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Happiest Companies — According to You

Maddy Meislin on February 29, 2016

Forbes recently published an article on The 25 Happiest Companies to Work for in 2015 based on eight factors that impact professional happiness. However, as a cancer patient or survivor, what is important to you in the workplace may be different than it is for someone else.

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Webinar Recap: Career Change

Rachel Becker, LMSW on February 22, 2016

In February 2016, our Balancing Work & Cancer Webinar Series turned its focus to the subject of career change. Led by expert career coach Julie Jansen, this 60-minute session explored the ways cancer survivors can empower themselves toward making a work transition.

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Top 100 Companies in 2016 for Flexible Work

Kelsey Fenton on February 9, 2016

FlexJobs recently released its third annual list of top companies with remote jobs. This is a great resource if you're looking for telecommute-friendly positions that will help make treatment side effects easier to handle while working.

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Finding the Job First

Maddy Meislin on February 3, 2016

As we all know, applying for a job through an online or public job posting can be extremely competitive. However, a recent Mediabistro article offers strategies to help you find out about a position before everyone else does.

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Want to Work From Home? It's Getting Easier in 2016

Sarah Goodell on January 28, 2016

Good news for cancer patients and survivors who need more flexible work options: the number of flexible job openings continued to grow in the US in 2015. FlexJobs' annual year-end assessment of flexible jobs/telecommuting found that the number of employees who spend some time telecommuting is increasing as well.

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Addressing the Financial Burdens of Survivorship

Nicole Jarvis, LMSW on January 25, 2016

Cancer survival rates have been steadily increasing over the last few decades thanks to improvements in research and treatment. While this, of course, is fantastic news it also brings about new complexities associated with surviving cancer.

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Refresh Your Job Search in 2016!

Rachel Becker, LMSW on January 21, 2016

Whether you’re in the midst of an ongoing job search or starting a new one, now is the time to harness the energy of the new year and strategize for 2016.

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When It’s Time for a Career Change

Nicole Jarvis, LMSW on January 14, 2016

Citing a new perspective on life following a cancer diagnosis as the impetus, many survivors feel the desire to change careers. This is nothing to be afraid of! While fear can be a real obstacle to transitioning into a new line of work, gaining the confidence and making a plan to execute the change is key.

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Planning for Your Job Search in 2016

Kelsey Fenton on December 21, 2015

The holidays are a great time to visit with friends and family, reflect on the past year and look ahead to the next. But the busyness of the season can make it hard stay focused on the job-hunt. Here are some tips for maintaining momentum and finding out what the in-demand job trends are for 2016.

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How to Choose the Right Career Coach

Sarah Goodell on December 16, 2015

For many people, cancer is inspiration for career change. But transitioning to a new field isn’t easy. Often, the hardest part is deciding what, exactly, you want to do. This is where a career coach can be incredibly helpful, but it’s important to make sure you’re working with the right one.

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Resume Tips for Career Changers

Maddy Meislin on December 7, 2015

Many cancer survivors feel their diagnosis has inspired them to pursue a completely new career. However, changing from one field to another can be challenging. A few simple tweaks to your resume can help.

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