Catherine B. on January 8, 2009
Dear Career Coach:
I am writing as a new breast cancer survivor. Now that I have completed my final radiation treatment, I have given serious consideration to what this diagnosis has meant to me and how it has changed my life. I now know that I am committed to finding a position within an organization that is dedicated to supporting cancer causes.
I am an outgoing, capable individual whose life experiences and professional accomplishments would provide a unique set of skills for many organizations. After receiving my M.B.A., I enjoyed a successful career in finance at The Pillsbury Company. I eventually resigned to raise my children and am currently very interested in re-entering the work force. I am seeking a challenging part time, preferably home-based, position where I can make a significant contribution to the fight against cancer and help support others who are in all stages of diagnosis and recovery.
I have emailed my resume, with a cover letter, to many cancer organizations with little or no response. Although there seem to be many volunteer opportunities, my family's financial situation requires that I obtain a paid position. I was hoping to get advice from you regarding how I should go about contacting the appropriate individuals and how I should present myself.
Being a cancer survivor is a great achievement. Now it is time for me to look forward to the rest of my life. I am going to do my best to find meaningful work within a cancer organization and would welcome any advice you may have to help me reach that goal.