Anna R. on July 5, 2017
Resume Building and Writing
I was put on medical leave for my job after being diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer in February. They extended my benefits via the ADAAA law but will be terminating me effective Sept 3rd (aka benefits are done Sept 30th.) My first question is, how do I put this job on my resume? I am technically still employed but haven't done any work there since February...when do I put my end date?
Second, regarding job search, I will likely have surgery at the end of October but am not totally positive since there is a chance if I have a full clinical response they will wait on surgery. Given that I will be losing benefits (and yes I know I can COBRA But its extremely expensive and I am concerned about the Senate health care bill,) I really would like to start searching now. Can I do this when I won't know my timeline? I asked before about gaps and I know the career coach, Julie said I was likely being too hard on myself. I also used the resume review service but I have asked friends in HR and they said I'm in trouble:( My resume looks like not only did I have static jobs before I became a nurse, but I graduated in Dec 2015 and took until Sept 2016 to get a job (This is actually not true, but due to a very long and horrible story I cannot put my other job on there due to threats of my previous manager), then I left in Feb. I cannot find any way to address this in a cover letter without disclosing my diagnosis? Since I am a RN, I am comfortable doing this for oncology related jobs, but not for others. One of the career counselors said I could omit all post-nursing grad jobs but I have a great reference from my most recent position.
I'd really appreciate your help on this. I am so terrified of what will happen when I lose benefits and there is a chance I won't need surgery in which case I could start working as soon as Sept. (I'm currently in radiation treatment).