Rebecca S. on January 17, 2017
Resume Building and Writing
I have Stage 4, Metastatic breast cancer and I am only 35. I have worked hard to build a career in brand management, climbed the corporate ladder and got my masters degree in the evening. Since my diagnosis, I continued in May, 2014 I continued to work full-time. My company was very understanding of my medical needs and allowed me to work off hours and remotely to compensate for my frequent doctors appointments, scans, infusions, etc.
Last week I was laid off due to financial instability of the company I worked for, and since I will always remain in treatment, I have decided to fill for disability and balance out the income disparity with part-time employment, hopefully still in my chosen field.
So my question is essentially, how do I express why, someone with my experience and background (especially at my young age), express in my resume and cover letter, would suddenly make the move from full time to part time employment? Also, do when speaking to potential employers do you suggest mentioning my situation and the fact that I am in the process of applying for disability? Since I am a fierce advocate for research, if someone googles my name, a lot of information regarding my diagnosis will come up, so I cannot hide anything.