You have (or had) cancer. Now you’ve decided that it’s time for you to return to work.
Whether you’re in the midst of a job search or on the verge of accepting an offer, you may find that you have certain expectations of what that new position — and the transition back to work in general — will be like. Maybe you think it will be smooth; maybe you’re concerned that you’ll feel overwhelmed. Whatever the expectations, for anyone who is re-entering the workforce following treatment, particularly those who are still experiencing side effects, having clear goals and taking time to prepare for your re-entry is essential for success.
A recent article published by Idealist titled “How to Know If a Job Is the Right Fit — Before Accepting the Offer” lays out just how to manage your expectations, using three key pieces of advice.
1. Determine what’s important to you. Having a clear understanding of what your personal needs and goals are is crucial when looking for work. What kind of work environment are you hoping for? Will you need a special accommodation? Listing out what is important to you will help you stay organized and focused on the type of jobs that will be the best fit.
2. Research the organization. This is an incredibly important step in the job-search process. Before you apply — or at least before you arrive for that first interview — take a closer look at your potential employer. Check out the company’s website as well as its social media posts, online presence, reviews, etc. Cross-reference your research with the list that you’ve made (see Step 1) and determine whether this is an organization you can see yourself working for.
3. Ask the right questions. “Interview the interviewer.” You’ve landed the interview! This is your opportunity to ask any questions that came up for you while you were researching the organization. Maybe you want to know a little more about the office culture or the management style of your potential boss. Make sure you prepare specific questions that will elicit answers which, in turn, will help you determine whether this job is the job.
Of course there is no guarantee that any job will be an ideal fit, but hopefully with these tips, you will feel more confident in your decision.
To read the entire Idealist article, click here.