Colorectal Cancer: Post Treatment 6 Months Plus: Looking For Work: Stages II,III,IV
As you look for a job, keep in mind that:
Your cancer history cannot be asked about in a job interview.
The only question is what you can do physically and mentally today - not what may happen in the future.
It is wise to have an answer to a question about your health even if a potential employer is not allowed to ask.
If there is the least question about how you come across to an interviewer, get objective feedback by doing a few practice interviews with a friend you trust who works in the same business or a similar business.
If you have not been working because of your colorectal cancer or treatment(s):
Write your resume in a manner that avoids calling attention to that fact.
Consider volunteering to be sure you are ready to return to work and to update your skills.
The information in the document in "To Learn More" will help guide you through looking for a job despite your health history.
NOTE: When you find the job, think ahead “just in case” there is a recurrence or something else happens. For instance:
Take those credit card offers sent to you because you are employed. As explained in our finances documents noted in “To Learn More”, credit can come in handy.
Keep track in a Work Journal of facts at work that could have any bearing on a claim that you are being discriminated against because of your health condition "just in case." Include conversations or actions that you think could indicate that you are being discriminated against. Also include in your journal the good things that happen, such as a good work report, or when someone compliments you for a job well done. For information about this subject, click here.
Read our document: Work: Starting At A New Employer: A Primer