You don’t legally have to disclose your health history to a new employer, as long as you have truthfully answered all screening questions and you are confident in your ability to carry out the duties of the role you have applied for.
However, some may wish to disclose to potential new employers to help explain gaps in their CV while they took time off for treatment or just because they wanted to share how their blood cancer or condition has impacted their life as a survivor.
Having a blood cancer or condition may change your perspective on how you see the world. Many patients will go through grueling medical procedures and treatment and there are certain skills you learn or further develop out of going through a health crisis.
Below are some key skills you might want to think about highlighting to a prospective new employer if they ring true to your experience.
Naomi McRae is an HR specialist at PwC New Zealand and a blood cancer survivor.