Debra K. on March 13, 2017
Resume Building and Writing
I'm happy to say I am a 10 year cancer survivor! However, I have also been out of the workforce for an equal amount of time. I have been receiving long-term disability payments from my private disability insurance company as a result of lingering side-effects from the cancer treatments.
My 10-year gap hasn't been unproductive. I earned a Master's Degree in organizational leadership, became an ICF certified life coach, and have been active in cancer advocacy; as well as launched a winery with my husband.
I've read that resumes should only cover the past 15 years. My struggle is to display my volunteer experience from the past 10 years without it focusing so much on cancer related organizations. I would also like to bring in my education and employment from my original career, 20-30 years ago.
In an interview I feel I will be able explain the unemployment gap without having to go into the cancer or disability history. I can focus on career transition and my master's degree as well as starting a business with my husband.
I have not found a resume format that I am comfortable with.
I don't know that I will physically be able to handle the challenges of being employed, but I really want to have the opportunity to try.