Looking for work is truly hard work, and with the added pressures of a constantly changing job market, it can feel overwhelming. For cancer survivors aiming to re-enter the workforce after taking some time off, the job-hunt process can become even more challenging. You may be concerned about how much the job market or your industry has changed and how you’ll meet new expectations. While this can be stressful, even paralyzing for some, it is important to put yourself out there. And remember: You don’t have to meet every requirement.
A recent article published by The Job Network, titled “Why You Don’t Need to Meet Every Qualification When Applying for a Job,” by Eric Titner, points out that many job-seekers often thwart their own interests by not applying for jobs they may otherwise be perfect for, except that they don’t meet all the requirements listed on the job description. What many people don’t realize is that most employers don’t expect candidates to perfectly fit every single qualification and are looking for more than just the requirements that are posted. For example, employers want to hire people who are able to grow, willing to learn along the way and will fit well into the company culture.
The upshot: Don’t limit yourself. Always consider both your hard skills and soft skills when deciding whether to apply for a position. To help you jump start the process, CAC offers a number of free resources — from articles and publications on work & cancer to our Balancing Work & Cancer webinar series.
Cancer and Careers also provides a Resume Review Service to cancer patients and survivors, completely free of charge. Simply upload a copy of your resume and you’ll receive personalized feedback from one of our professional career coaches.
To read the complete article on The Job Network site, click here.