After Breast Cancer: How to Handle the Gap on Your Resume to Get Back to Work

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As the next and hopefully final phase of your journey with breast cancer begins: the return to work. Others may have fought the disease while still on the job. You, on the other hand, needed months or years off to undergo debilitating cancer treatment. Or maybe you were caring for a loved one fighting the disease. In either case, your Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) benefit ran out, you quit or lost your job, and now with a good prognosis, you are ready and eager to get back to work. Time to update that resume and hit the job boards.

Except the break created a lengthy employment gap on your resume that sticks out like a sore thumb. Will your hiatus guarantee you’ll automatically be eliminated from the competition to get a job for which you’re ideally suited? Should you try to hide or come up with creative excuses for your time unemployed?

How to Attract Millennial Employees with Non-Monetary Benefits

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Millennials are an important and valuable part of the workforce; in fact, they’re taking over the workplace. Based on data from Pew Research Center, more than one-in-three American workers are Millennials, and in 2015 they surpassed Generation X to become the largest segment of the American workforce.

Since Millennials have different attitudes towards work, as we discuss below, the challenge for companies and hiring professionals is how to attract and retain them. Monetary compensation and other expensive benefits aren’t necessarily the answer, but opportunities for growth, purpose-building and more could be.

Use these five tips to attract Millennials to your company and retain the ones you have.