Karin G. on November 13, 2012
Resume Building and Writing
Hello. I was very open with my employer about my diagnosis and treatments. Although I had worked for them previously in another capacity prior to returning to college full-time and earning a bachelor degree, upon graduation, I returned and worked there for only 6 months before diagnosis. After my LOA for the 2 breast surgeries was completed, I did not return into my position, and instead was placed as an interdepartmental assistant (that's what I call it - no formal title given) as I worked part-time hours throughout my long-term treatment. My previous position was reassigned to a new employee a couple of months after my diagnosis. Although I was thankful to remain working and earn a paycheck during this time period, at the end of my course of treatment, it remained unlikely that a comparable position opening up similar to the one I held before diagnosis. While working through the treatments, without a formal workspace (worked in a dark corner of a conference room), and without regular duties assigned from any one particular office, I became depressed and felt that I needed to leave the environment so I could focus attention on finding suitable employment that more closely matched my education and future goals. Now as I'm applying to different postings, what do I do on my resume and cover letter to address the lack of employment over the last couple of months. In my heart, I want to be honest and upfront about my recent disability and reason for leaving, but I feel that doing so will remove me from further consideration. Do I just ignore the gap completely? and avoid the topic? If so, might I get called for an interview even when I'm not currently employeed. Thanks in advance for any assistance.