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Job Seeking after Cancer Again

Posted 11/24/2015

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  Yesterday I wrote about the difficulties of looking for a new job after cancer. This article from just crossed my desk, and it is clearly a companion piece.

Although this is from a breast cancer site and refers to a study done of breast cancer survivors, it clearly is relevant for other cancer patients/survivors, too. Without further introduction, here is the start and a link. I would love to hear your thoughts about this, because I am rather surprised and baffled and horrified.

Cancer Survivors Get Fewer Job Interview Callbacks

The impact of a breast cancer diagnosis on work life can vary from person to person. For some people, the effect is minimal
. You may have an understanding supervisor, a flexible schedule, and an encouraging team to support you through treatment. For others, there might be some questions about how to manage work and treatment.
If you’re looking for a new job, you might be wondering where your health status fits into the process. Remember, when you’re interviewing for a new job, you don’t have to tell prospective employers about your health status. In most cases, it is illegal for a potential employer to ask you about your health history UNLESS you have a limitation that is obvious and visible causes concern that you may not be able to perform the job.
A study offers troubling results: job applicants who are cancer survivors are less likely to receive callbacks from potential retail employers compared to people who don’t disclose their health history.
The study was published online on Nov. 9, 2015 by the Journal of Applied Psychology. Read the abstract of “Selection BIAS: Stereotypes and Discrimination Related to Having a History of Cancer.”


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  • Jordan said:
    11/24/2015 12:56 PM

    Some disturbing findings here. Hopefully awareness of this problem will help us find a solution. People who have survived cancer should not have to deal with unemployment like this.