Updating family about illness
Be Bold About Highlighting Your Strengths With skill and luck, you’ve been able to swiftly put the issue of your medical leave to rest with the prospective employer.
Now it’s time to switch gears and promote your superior qualifications for the job.
“Do get detailed about details like the dates of your time off work,” Wakeman says. Instead say, ‘I made the very difficult decision to leave my job; now I’m eager to get back to work.’” You have the right to draw a line on revealing personal medical information that is not critical to the specific job you’re applying for.
“The Americans with Disabilities Act certainly protects the prospective employee from having to divulge sensitive information,” says Michael Hoffman, director of the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley College.
But be aware that prospective employers may weigh the bottom-line consequences of hiring someone who’s had a serious illness.
It may be unethical or even illegal, but some employers, especially smaller ones, could consider how adding you to their health insurance rolls might drive up the group premium.
“Human resources isn’t looking for a risk-free bet; it’s looking to know and mitigate the risk,” Wakeman says.
Finally, be mindful of the employer’s point of view.