When you’re unemployed, the job-search process can seem particularly long and stressful. In addition, there’s the concern that recruiters will view your jobless status as a reason to rank you lower than other candidates. Unfortunately, such judgment and bias can have an impact. But while a gap in work history (either past or current) is one of the most common worries for cancer survivors, there are helpful strategies for dealing with a gap on your resume, as well as steps you can take to overcome possible recruiter bias.
A recent Glassdoor article outlines ways to impress recruiters, which can get you that much closer to landing your desired job! Here are some tips:
Be Professional: Make sure any communication with your recruiter is professional. Being respectful and aware of the recruiter’s schedule and responsibilities, as well as communicating with him/her in a positive manner, provides insight on how you’re likely to interact with a potential employer. Acting responsibly and professionally is key!
Be Transparent: Be open and honest with your recruiter about the fact that you’re not working. For cancer survivors, this doesn’t mean you have to disclose your diagnosis; nor does it mean, however, that you should misrepresent your employment status. Instead of focusing on being unemployed, highlight any skills and talents you can bring to a new position.
Have a Clear Vision: Landing your desired job will happen only if you know what you’re looking for. Being able to clearly articulate what type of employment you’re seeking will enable the recruiter to find a position that’s ideally suited for you. You need to help them help you!
Adapt Your Style: Developing a positive relationship with your recruiter is essential. Find ways to engage with him/her and let your personal and professional strengths shine! This will hook the recruiter’s attention and make it easier for him/her to advocate for you.
If you’re in the midst of job-hunting and need some additional guidance, be sure to watch our Job Search webinar and check out these other CAC resources: