Dealing with a resume gap is one of the most common questions that we get. Many cancer survivors have gaps on their resume due to periods of time that they took time off work for treatment, mental well-being, etc. In fact, on our Ask The Experts teleconference yesterday it was a question that kept resurfacing. So I thought I would share some of our tips and tricks for dealing with the gap:
- In terms of downplaying the gap on your actual resume, a combination chronological/functional resume may be best for you. Find an example here: http://www.cancerandcareers.org/grid/assets/tinafunctionandchron_resume.pdf.
- Not sure how to explain why you left your last job when it was due to cancer treatment? We've got a great career coaching thread on this very topic: http://www.cancerandcareers.org/career-coach/job-application.
- Having trouble getting asked to interview, and think it may be due to the gap? Some of the advice here may help you out: http://www.cancerandcareers.org/career-coach/having-trouble-finding-a-job.
And of course, don't forget to register for one of our remaining Ask The Experts teleconferences where you can get personalized career or legal advice! Dates and links to register are below.
Career Coach: Julie Jansen, Executive and Career Coach and Author
Legal Expert: Joanna L. Morales, Esq., Director, Cancer Legal Resource Center
* Wednesday March 30th – 1:00pm ET/10:00am PT Register now
* Tuesday May 24th – 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT Register now
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