Rebecca S. on August 26, 2019
I've been looking for a job for the past six weeks without any success. I have ten years of experience in manufacturing, seven as a production planner and three as a buyer. I was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in June 2018, a week after loosing my last job and on the advise of my doctors, gave up my job search to focus on my treatments. I'm now through the bulk of my treatments and ready to get back to work.
Unfortunately I think the gap on my resume is hurting me. How do I address it? I've had people ask and I've been honest and said it was cancer. People have been sympathetic but things have been very quiet on the job front. I've had two interviews but no offers.
I'm also not sure how to explain my last job. I only worked there for three months. In that time I struggled to learn the job (having undiagnosed stage two cancer was probably a big factor). By the end I was putting in 11 hour days and asking everyone for help. On the last day of my probation my boss terminated me. When people ask why I left my last job I'm not sure what to say. Early on I was honest but I never heard back from those people. How should I explain it? I'm afraid between the termination and loosing a year to cancer that no one will want to hire me. I can't stay on disability forever.
Thanks for the advice.