Laurie D. on January 4, 2017
Resume Building and Writing
I'm hoping you can direct me to make some good choices in my job applications and hopefully an interview.
I've just finished up a year of chemotherapy for breast cancer. So far, I am cancer free. However, I continue to cope with a very negative reaction to the chemotherapy that has impaired the quality of my life. There most likely is no solution at least in the near future (2 to 3 years).
I am an occupational therapist and my resume reflects several years of clinical work. I have finally admitted to myself I don't have the physical stamina to make it through a day and provide quality care for my patients. When I worked in the hospital, prior to the cancer diagnosis, I worked long hours, on my feet, helping patients get out of bed, transferring to chairs or wheelchairs. Helping them complete their ADLs. I often was very tired after a day of work. There are other positions in occupational therapy, some with less lifting of patients, but all of them require lots of stamina and energy.
Consequently, I am looking into jobs that are not strenuous or physically demanding. I like the idea of staying within a hospital setting, and I would be open to a job where I interact with cancer patients/survivors.
My questions are:
1. In the resume and application, how do I explain this career change? Why would I choose a job I am "over" qualified for? There are plenty of occupational therapy jobs, so I couldn't say that the job market is limited, pushing me into jobs I may be over qualified for.
2. I'm considering part time work, being respectful of my energy level.
2. Do I disclose my cancer diagnosis? I would think that would be a plus, especially if I'm working with a cancer population. But, then again, the employer may see the cancer diagnosis as a negative. (Needing to go to doctor's appointments, possible relapse of the cancer, etc.)
Thanks for your help!