went through treatment for leukemia while in college. I am done with my treatment but I still deal with side effects. I get really tired sometimes and have to spend the entire day in bed just to get my strength back. am starting the process of looking for my first job when I graduate in May. Should I mention that I am a survivor or will this hurt my chances? I don't want to get hired and then have them upset that I miss too much work. Thanks for the advice.
First, congratulations on your upcoming graduation and thank you for your question. I would advise you not to share about your fatigue or other side effects that you may be dealing with during the job interview. You may want to be prepared on how you will respond if the topic of cancer comes up or if you decide to disclose that information. However, you are not required to do so. We usually recommend to keep it general such as, “ I have overcome some health issues,” however, you should emphasize that you are currently healthy and able to perform the duties of the job. It’s always best to focus on your strengths and abilities in any interview situation. Once you are offered the position, then it may be a good idea to disclose if you will require any accommodations which are available through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Once the job is offered, employers may ask you about your health only if they also ask other employees the same questions. It would be illegal for the employer to take back the job offer based on what you disclose unless you are unable to perform the duties of the job or are a risk to yourself or others. If you would like more information or would like to meet with a career and vocational counselor please feel free to directly contact me at 713-792-6194. Also, Cancer and Careers www.cancerandcareers.org is an excellent website that provides a wealth of information including answers to very similar questions as yours. Good luck.
Posted: 04 Apr 2012 11:30 AM Originally Posted: 04 Apr 2012 11:27 AM