Dear Sam® by Samantha Nolan

Explaining a career hiatus

Dear Sam: I have been out of work for two years battling cancer. I am now cancer-free and cleared to return to work! I’ve come across some companies passing me by—because of this two-year gap—something I’ve learned through the placement agency that has been helping me with my job search. I have a great background mixed with years of experience and a degree. Is there a way to address this employment gap without too much personal detail, but enough to get employers not to pass me by immediately? – Anonymous Dear Anonymous: First of all, congratulations on your wonderful news; I am so pleased you can call yourself a survivor! I work with… Continue reading →

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Samantha Nolan is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer and owner of Ladybug Design, a full-service résumé-writing firm. Do you have a résumé or job search question for Dear Sam? Reach Samantha at For more about Sam’s résumé writing services, visit or call 614-570-3442 or 1-888-9-LADYBUG (1-888-952-3928).

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