I was also made redundant during my chemo! I was fortunate to get the option of 6 months garden leave so officially I had an extra 6 month period with the company, making my unemployment gap look a bit shorter on my CV. I had been in IT but to return to a similar job meant commuting a considerable distance unless I was exceptionally lucky to find something local, but after 10 months away from work and having lived in a world of surgeries, treatments, drugs and contintual hospital appointments my confidence was shattered. I decided to restart my working life by doing some voluntary work at my local hospice. I was doing one day a week in one of their offices and Ioved it. I told them why I was volunteering and about my cancer so I was very open from the start. After a few months they told me about a temporary paid job which was coming up. I decided I had nothing to lose and as they already knew my background it didn't feel necessary to bring that up at my interview. So I can't give you any tips about dealing with interviews but I can definitely recommend doing some voluntary work to ease you back into working life and you never know where it can lead!
I'm loving my new fundraising job and am hoping it will become permanent in the future.
Best of luck in your job search 🙂
i think you are obviously an extremely articulate, intelligent and very resilient lady.
i know someone with better advice will be along soon but just wanted to wish you all the best with your job hunting.
I wonder if you could afford maybe to do some voluntary work first whilst you are looking......?
It would give you confidence ( we all need that even going back to our existing jobs!!) and also give you pointers to what level/ hours you might manage?
I know what you mean about the application forms, particularly if you are an open and transparent person!
I think you ought to have a supporting letter because I don't think anyone would deny your motivation /determination; I think it would make applying easier. I think your only danger may be that you might be over qualified.
I think you are very sensible to avoid jobs with high stress levels.
I went back to work on my acute medical ward ( I am a nurse), with a drop in both hours and position but have still found it very tough. The worst bit is coping with the pace! And the chemo brain! And of course the physicality of it all (although my treatment to date has been much more straightforward than yours....)
so avoid all that sort of stuff! Do you sleep ok? ( I don't , hence the post at 2 am!)
I told most people on my diagnosis as I work at the hospital where I needed mx, chemo, herceptin ( which I am finally coming to the end of). I know it's not something you have to but I have found my colleagues don't seem to resent any appointments etc. But it is a different/ difficult thing when starting from scratch I know.
Anyway, hopefully someone with better advice will be along shortly.
Sending you a very big hug. I'd love to know how you get on.
I was made redundant with my whole department three days before my cancer diagnosis. What a great week that was! I have had chemotherapy (very badly affected, three long hosptial stays after emergency admissions, c.dif, sepsis, pancytopenia, multiple blood transfusions), right mastectomy, total axillary clearance, radiotherapy, one year of herceptin and I had a second mastectomy two months ago due to my very dodgy family history and a variation of the PalB2 gene. I have been off work for 18 months as I have been very ill and there's never been a gap long enough between my treatments for me to actually recover. My ongoing health issues from my treatment are tiredness, lymphedema in the right arm, osteoarthritis in both hips, stiffness in upper body and arms. But generally I feel much better and ready to seek some proper work. I was a teacher before but I really don't feel strong enough to deal with big classrooms and the mountains of preparation of marking that I used to take in my stride. I'd like some office work that I can do and leave. Preferably part-time. I know it's hard for us all but I am envious of those of you who have a job to go back to and have rights. Because I have an eighteen month gap on my CV which I will have to explain. I phoned MacMillan and they said that I didn't have to tell them what I was doing in those eighteen months but I think that would be more suspicious. Also, I would be very uncomfortable not telling the truth. After all, I have nothing to be ashamed of, do I? But who is going to touch me knowing that I have had cancer? At best I will need time for future follow up appointments. At worst I may have health issues requiring time off. I feel very positive about my recovery and ability to do useful work but I wondered if anyone here had any advice to help me deal with anxious employers at interview, assuming I get offered interviews.....