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Questions You Should Be Asking During an Interview

Nicole Jarvis, LMSW on October 3, 2016

posted in Interview, Job Hunting

There are common misconceptions about interviewing. While it can feel as though the potential employer is the one who has all of the power, it is important for you as the interviewee to ask some questions of your own, so you can determine whether this is place where you truly want to work.

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Are You Getting in the Way of Your Own Job Search?

Rachel Becker, LMSW on August 22, 2016

Most job-seekers experience a lot of ups and downs while looking for work. It’s quite common for this virtual roller coaster to cause us to start telling ourselves “stories” about emotionally fraught circumstances that aren’t necessarily true — and believing them can slow us down on our path to employment.

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What Not to Share During a Job Interview

Chrissy Brennan on August 15, 2016

Job interviews give you the chance to share information about yourself and your capabilities. But before you sit down to speak with a hiring manager, make sure you know what’s useful to share — and what you’re better off keeping to yourself.

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The Ultimate Four-Step Guide to Changing Your Career

Sarah Goodell on August 11, 2016

There are many reasons why people decide to change careers. One that we hear of often is cancer. A cancer diagnosis can cause people to think about their lives in a way that they hadn’t before — and it can make them realize that they want to do something entirely different. Here are four important steps to switching careers.

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The Flexibility Question: Exploring Company Culture Before You Accept the Job

Rachel Becker, LMSW on August 1, 2016

For cancer survivors who are returning to the work force or changing careers, landing in a work environment with an open and flexible company culture can be a top priority. But is it possible to get a sense of how flexible a potential employer <em>really</em> is before you accept an offer?

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Social Media Smarts: Mistakes to Avoid!

Nicole Jarvis, LMSW on July 18, 2016

For many, social media has become a staple in our lives. With the addition of LinkedIn, the usage has expanded from a socializing tool, to including a professional and career-oriented aspect. However, it's important to keep in mind: what goes online, stays online. Here are some common mistakes to keep in mind during the job search.

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Don’t Take Job-Search Shortcuts!

Maddy Meislin on July 7, 2016

Looking for a new job is not easy. If you have cancer, it can seem even more challenging, because you’ll need to consider things related to treatment and recovery. As a result, you may feel inclined to take shortcuts, but doing so can make the process harder in the long run.

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Tips for Organizing Your Resume Based on Who You Are and Where You're Going

Sarah Goodell on July 6, 2016

A recent article in The Muse discusses the intricacies of organizing your resume — and the importance of doing so strategically.

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How to Convey Enthusiasm in a Cover Letter

Nicole Jarvis, LMSW on June 27, 2016

Many hiring managers continue to emphasize the value of cover letters. And while it’s important to express interest and enthusiasm for the position you’re targeting, some ways of conveying excitement are more effective than others.

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Looking for Work When You’re Over 55

Maddy Meislin on June 23, 2016

A CNBC article includes advice from experts on strategies candidates 55 years and older can use to reinvent themselves and re-enter the workforce.

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4 Nosy Interview Questions You Should Be Asking

Sarah Goodell on May 26, 2016

posted in Interview, Job Search

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

posted in Interview, Job Search

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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