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Should you state your chronic illness on your resume? After a certain age, everyone wants to land their dream job, which will pay them a handsome salary and will have work that they love to do. And by everyone, we mean everyone, even people who suffer from chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and epilepsy. But for people affected with chronic diseases, there’s a dilemma ahead of them - to share or not share the chronic disease on the resume or with the interviewer/employer. Although, landing your dream job and then completing its work before deadlines take a special toll on employees with chronic illness, it is still important to earn and maintain a good lifestyle. But you, my friend, will not face such a dilemma, we are here to help you, day in and day out. Points to ponder over before disclosing your disease No matter how difficult it should be for you to get your dream job with your illness, it shouldn’t be impossible. Your talent should not go in vain because of your medical condition. Below are some factors to think about before you make an important decision. Type of disease If you are confident that your disease will not affect your work’s output and results, then you should avoid talking about your illness with your employer. But this should be done only if you are 100% confident that your disease will not come in the way of your professional life. According to us, you should first do at least one or two jobs and see if your disease creates any pressing issues and then decide for yourself. Symptoms. If your symptoms are such that they can be easily observed and anyone can find out about your disease, then you should avoid keeping your disease a secret. This is advised because if you disguise your disease with your employer, and God forbids, you have any visible symptom, your reputation and your job will be at stake. Also, if your symptoms are evident, they will hinder your outputs and will not allow you to meet deadlines easily. In this situation, it’s better to state your illness on your resume, and then let the employer decide. Prepare to answer When you disclose your illness with the employer, during the interview or on your resume, you will be questioned about the illness and how it affects you. You should be prepared for the question which might be bombarded your way. The questions are simple to complex in range. One might want to know that if your disease affects your work results? And another recruiter might ask that if you will be able to do overtime because of your illness? Also, some recruiters might ask if you have your own health insurance covering your disease? As an active jobseeking candidate, you should readily answer all these questions without hesitation. This creates a positive influence on the recruiter that you are confident and content in yourself and your disease doesn’t control you or limit you. Share your previous experience


If you have worked previously with the illness and have performed excellently, then you need to share this with your recruiters. This will increase your vibrancy and will showcase your talent of working hard and smart even in the toughest of the situation. Your employers will come abreast of the efforts you put in, even when you were influenced by not so good physical conditions. Look for the right company If you are constantly facing discrimination because you are affected by a disease that you cannot control, you might be going to the wrong companies. You need to find the right organizations that will value your hard work, smart work, efforts, inputs and ideas instead of focusing on your demerit - only one, illness. Companies often discriminate between employees based on their physical condition, sex, and race, so just find the company with good human values, and give your career a headstart. Non-disclosure agreements If the symptoms of your illness are evident and you don’t have an option to not mention the disease, then you have the support of non-disclosure agreements. You and the employer can sign the agreement which states that the employer will not tell anyone about your illness, and this way you can work with more confidence. Glad you made it to the end, now that you have read all the pros and cons of disclosing your disease, you should make a decision for yourself. The endgame is that you shouldn’t limit yourself based on your physical illness. Your mind is limitless and its intelligence is infinite, you should focus on your capabilities, and avoid your inabilities. You should omit the negative and embrace the positive. Also, if you disguise your disease, make sure that you don’t get caught, and if you state your disease, then embrace it with pride and work hard to achieve excellent success in your career.

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Should you state your chronic illness on your resume?  

After a certain age, everyone wants to land their dream job, which will pay them a handsome salary and will have work that they love to do.

Should you state your chronic illness on your resume?  

After a certain age, everyone wants to land their dream job, which will pay them a handsome salary and will have work that they love to do.

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