Marina S. on March 26, 2018
I will try and make this short and hopefully not confusing. I had ovarian, cervical and endometrial cancer. I went through chemo, got lymphedema and struggled to bounce back from it all on top of everything else going on that results with this diagnosis and then some. I had worked for 6 years at a very good company before cancer. My LTD (long term disability) had expired due to my doctors and therapists (OT & PT) saying I was not yet ready to be working again. I asked my previous employer if this was considered being let go under bad terms, to which they said 'no'. I also asked if I was able to reapply with the company, to which they replied 'yes'. I want to go back and work for them but you have to go through a staffing agency before you get hired on with them. So, I'm fearful and have a lot of questions that hopefully, I can get answers/suggestions for.
*When I go and reapply with the staffing agency and they ask me why I left before (when my LTD had expired) what should I respond with?
*Do I tell them my situation and face them, potentially, not want to consider me for employment because of me having cancer in the past?
*How do I approach speaking with the agency as far as stating to them I was sick and on LTD that expired and am now able to work again?
*What should I be prepared to answer from them? Are there any pointers that I could use to drive home the fact of how long I was there and previous experience speaking for itself without bringing up having cancer in the past and it was the reason for my departure?
Some people close to me and myself have been going over this and struggling with it for a while now and I just don't know what my response options are. I apologize in advance for any confusion if things don't make sense (I'll be happy to clarify and/or give more information if needed) and give my thanks in advance to all answers towards this matter.
Thank you again.