Marie K. on June 22, 2015
I have a two year resume gap due to my executive position being terminated while I was going through treatment for breast cancer. My boss told me not to go on disability: that I had been with the company so long, they would "take care of me." Then, boom! Two months into treatment and I was terminated. I sued and took a settlement for severance. I was declared in remission two years ago, but have had no luck finding any type of job, executive or even entry-level. I either don't get called or people want to know why, with my impressive resume, I would want a hostess or admin position...or they ask what I have been doing the last two years. I fumble over the freelance answer. My partner and my former HR person both feel honesty is the best policy. My first thought is, they will be thinking "thanks, but no thanks," that I will be sick all the time. But it is awkward, having such a pattern of success, and then all of a sudden, nothing. I'm sure I am not getting glowing references from my former employer either...what to do?