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Productivity and the “New Normal” During & After Cancer

Rachel Becker, LMSW on August 21, 2017

The side effects of treatment — including chemo brain — sometimes require survivors make changes to their work habits so they can continue doing their job at the best possible level. A recent New York Times article provides some excellent tips to keep in mind when integrating new work habits into your routine.

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Navigating Tough Interview Questions

Grace Blumberg, LMSW on August 7, 2017

Interviewing for a new job can be stressful. Composing and practicing answers to possible questions in advance enables you to navigate an interview with ease; it can also reduce your chances of getting caught off guard by questions you are not legally obligated to answer.

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Webinar Spotlight: Career Change

Nicole Jarvis, LMSW on July 10, 2017

Last month, as part of our Balancing Work & Cancer Webinar Series, we hosted a webinar on career change. The session was presented by our seasoned career coach Julie Jansen. Check out some of the highlights!

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How to Reinvigorate Your Job Search

Rachel Becker, LMSW on June 12, 2017

In today’s world, a successful job search can take some time, which can leave employment seekers feeling frustrated and overwhelmed. Thankfully, an article in Fast Company outlines practical steps that can help offset the fatigue and keep you moving in the right direction. Here are a few of the highlights.

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“Why Are You Looking for a New Job?” 4 Tips for Crafting Your Best Interview Answer

Rachel Becker, LMSW on April 24, 2017

This question comes up frequently during job interviews and can be challenging to answer — particularly for survivors whose reasons for seeking work may be tied to cancer-related concerns. Here are four tips to help you create the best possible answer.

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Changing the Way You Think Can Change Your Life

Nicole Jarvis, LMSW on April 17, 2017

One’s mindset during cancer can have a profound impact on self-esteem and positive thinking.

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Changing Careers? Knowing Your Transferable Skills Is Key.

Rachel Becker, LMSW on March 20, 2017

For many career changers, their first impulse is to take a professional development course or start networking. While these are both worthwhile initiatives, according to a recent article by Après Group, an important first step in this process is to identify transferable skills.

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Addressing Professional Weaknesses During a Job Interview

Nicole Franklin, MPH on February 21, 2017

“What is your biggest weakness?” is a common job interview question. It’s also one that can be difficult for many people to answer appropriately. However, there are ways to effectively prepare for and address this question.

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How to Overcome Your Fears of Looking for Work

Chioma Onyekwere on February 13, 2017

Finding a new job can be challenging, so succumbing to job-search fears is not uncommon. However, by changing your mindset, you can overcome your anxiety and make progress in landing your dream job.

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The Role of EQ in Balancing Work & Cancer

Rachel Becker, LMSW on February 6, 2017

Emotional Intelligence, also known as EQ, refers to our ability to understand and manage our own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. EQ plays a very important role in the context of our professional lives, and this is particularly true when it comes to balancing work and cancer.

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A Benefit’s Only a Benefit If It Benefits You

Rachel Becker, LMSW on January 17, 2017

The Society for Human Resource Management’s 2016 Employee Benefits Report found there are approximately 350 different benefits being offered by today’s employers. If you are a talented candidate evaluating job offers, consider the actual value these benefits provide, particularly if your needs have changed due to cancer.

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What to Say If You Left on Bad Terms with Your Previous Employer

Chioma Onyekwere on December 12, 2016

For cancer patients and survivors whose departure from their previous job was in some way related to their diagnosis, formulating a response to the question “Why did you leave?” is hard.

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Common Resume Mistakes to Avoid

Chioma Onyekwere on November 7, 2016

While there is certainly no perfect resume, you don’t want recruiters to dismiss yours because it contains one of these common mistakes.

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To-Do or Not To-Do? How Creating Lists Can Help Your Brain.

Rachel Becker, LMSW on October 31, 2016

To-do lists can be key to helping survivors with “chemo brain” stay on track. And according to a recent article in Fast Company, the act of creating and cultivating a to-do list, regardless of whether or not you ultimately check items off that list, can be beneficial. Here’s how!

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It Was a Great Day in L.A.!

Chrissy Brennan on October 24, 2016

We are thrilled to report that our second annual West Coast Conference on Work & Cancer in Los Angeles was a great success! A group of inspiring and engaged attendees received valuable information and resources, as well as a chance to share their stories and their questions.

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Countdown to the Coast...Again!

Chrissy Brennan on October 10, 2016

We are so excited to be returning to Los Angeles to share our information and resources in person with those in the area who need it.

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Tips to Help Your Cover Letter Stand Out

Chioma Onyekwere on October 6, 2016

Crafting your cover letter can be a little nerve-wracking, but the cover letter serves as an introduction to your qualifications to prospective employers.

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Do You Know Your Rights in the Workplace?

Nicole Jarvis, LMSW on September 19, 2016

The period following a diagnosis can be overwhelming and disorienting. At a time when it’s necessary to make a number of important decisions, it can be incredibly useful to know your legal rights in the workplace.

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Meet CAC’s New Program Coordinator!

Chioma Onyekwere on September 1, 2016

My name is Chioma Onyekwere and I am excited to be the new Program Coordinator at Cancer and Careers! I recently graduated with my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.

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