New job? Where will you sit?

CAC Logo Updated 2015by Joanna Morales, Esq.

Thinking about a career change? Looking for a new job? Wanting to get back into the workforce?

Then Cancer and Careers is a resource for you. In addition to providing all sorts of information about how to balance work and a cancer diagnosis, they provide a free resume review service, a free job coaching services and free educational events.

For example, Cancer and Careers hosts a free, annual National Conference on Work and Cancer in New York on June 12th. They do offer travel scholarships – the deadline is April 15th! For you west-coasters, they are also bringing a regional conference to LA on November 13th – stay tuned . . .

In the meantime, here is an interesting list of the 10 questions that you should ask before you accept a job offer: https://www.themuse.com/advice/10-questions-you-absolutely-must-ask-before-accepting-a-job-offer. Being interviewed is a two-way street. You need to interview the company!

But my favorite suggested question is actually the last one – where will you sit? My first job after graduating from law school, I had a public interest law fellowship. I was so excited about the fellowship, that I never thought to ask this question. For the first few months I worked there, they didn’t have a desk for me, so I floated from cubicle to cubicle that was intended for the volunteers, until they found a spot for me. A “spot” opened up because they moved the copier out of a cutout in the wall, which opened up a space to move a desk into. Then I shared an office, then moved to a dark closet that they tried to convince me was an office. When I worked at the cancer center, they actually did turn a closet into an office space for me.

If you’re going to spend so many hours of your day (in my case it was often 10-12) sitting in a space, you should make a conscious decision about whether or not that works for you. Maybe it’s not the type of job where you sit – it’s still important to ask yourself if it’s a place where you want to spend so many precious hours a week.

For more about the job search process, Cancer and Careers offers a free Job Search Toolkit.

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