Rebecca R. on August 1, 2016
Hello career coaches and hivemind:
I'm a young professional who is one year out of cancer treatment. After a successful phone interview--where I did NOT mention my health issues--I now have out-of-state interview for a job I'm excited about. Here's my question: Should I ask my references not to mention cancer?
The references will include employers who I currently work for as a freelance journalist. At least two were extremely accommodating while I was in treatment. Although it would have been wonderful if I had a full-time job and qualified for paid leave, I'm very proud that I only missed four weekly assignments while undergoing two surgeries and chemotherapy. It could be that cancer would come up naturally if they opted to say positive things about my work ethic, reliability, etc.
Many thanks for your thoughts.