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  • Need some advice guys n gals!

    I left my previous employment last March due to being diagnosed. I haven't returned b/c I wanted to change careers from sales to Human Resources which interests me more. I'm earning a Prof. Certificate in HR and halfway done. I have a huge gap from last march to now, and when I go into interviews...I'm not sure what to tell them.

    1) I had an illness
    2) I had cancer and had to undergo treatment
    3) Just left my previous employment to focus on a new career

    What would u do? Just curious, thanks!!

    -James
    Treatment
    Non-Seminoma, Stage II
    Right Guy Removed
    4X BEP ending 6/3/2005
    RPLND 7/1/05

  • #2
    I would think that if you list on your resume that you were diagnosed,treated for ,and most importantly BEAT cancer that any employer would see you as a person with an incredible desire to succeed, able to overcome adversity, someone with dedication, and most importantly a person not willing to settle for second best... If you didn't have everyone of these qualities above then we wouldn't be having this conversation!!!!!!! Not to many people could list on their resume overcoming an obstacle in life as big as you have. For once you could actully take advantage of the fact that you HAD cancer!!!!!!! Best of luck James!!!! DON
    Moffitt Cancer Institute
    CANCER SUCKS
    Diagnosed/Left I/O 9/18/2004--Non-Seminoma/Stage IIIC--3X B.E.P chemo--3X T.I.P. Salvage chemo---Abdominal [email protected] 34cmX 24.5cmX 17.5cm---4/19/2005 --RPLND/Left Kidney,8 1/2lb Abdominal tumor,42 nodes removed---7/16/2005 Remission/Surveillance---Severe Peripheral Neuropathy--

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    • #3
      There are some resources on this topic available from this page of the Lance Armstrong Foundation's livestrong.org site. I think you should be as open as you choose to be, although some people do experience employment discrimination by volunteering too much.
      Scott, [email protected]
      right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since


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      • #4
        School

        I know an employer should not count it against you for being out of work for any reason related to your heath but I can tell you based on my experience as a loan officer for a mortgage lender, school carries almost as much weight as employment as long as you go into the field that you have been in school for. April
        Wesley's TC
        Non-Seminoma
        90% Embryonal 10% Seminoma
        Stage IIIa
        Treatment: Left I/O 4/11/05
        4XBEP 4/25/05
        08/05 -Surveillance & Many Scans/X-rays

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        • #5
          Thanks everyone. You all rock!! I had an interview wed, and one in 12 hours! im givin it my all. i've just been sayin i have an illness. It's illegal for them to ask you more I believe.

          -James
          Treatment
          Non-Seminoma, Stage II
          Right Guy Removed
          4X BEP ending 6/3/2005
          RPLND 7/1/05

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          • #6
            Great news on the interviews, and best of luck finding the right job! Keep us posted, JimmyDean.
            Scott, s[email protected]
            right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since


            Your donation funds Livestrong services for people facing cancer now. Please sponsor my ride!

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            • #7
              Jimmy Dean,
              You can say, I "HAD" and illness.
              Good luck on your interviews!
              jane
              Jane
              Mother of TC survivor.
              Son, Josh 20, diagnosed Jan. 24, 2005. Left Orchiechtomy Jan.31, 2005. 4XBPE March 7th to May 28th 2005.

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              • #8
                JimmyDean - It is absolutely against the law for them to ask you anything about your personal health history. Also, if you are still interviewing and interested in an HR position, my offer is still open. Best of luck to you.
                Jim
                ------------------------
                Left I/O 4/21/05
                Stage IIA, Non Seminoma, 100% Embryonal
                BEP X3 - 07/11/2005 - 9/6/2005
                Surveillance - Negative CT, CXR & Markers
                I love my life!

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