Cancer Survivor Resume

  • I wrote this resume in my early 20s back when, after college, I hoped to land a job in mainstream America. (Nowadays I know for certain that energy & stamina escape me, thus preventing this former goal of mine to ever become a reality.) 

OBJECTIVE

To make a positive contribution to an organization in the health industry utilizing my personal experiences throughout a nearly decade-long battle against Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia.

 

EDUCATION

University of Michigan-Dearborn                                                                                         Dearborn, MI

Major: Communications – Concentration: Print Journalism                                                   April 2007

Minors: Psychology and Linguistics                                                                                            G.P.A.: 3.8

 

CLASS PROJECTS

♦ Creative Non-fiction Independent Study

  • Compiled 10-year fight against cancer
  • Gave hope and related to people in difficult circumstances
  • Brought humor and optimism to challenging situations by sharing anecdotes

♦ Prejudice and Disabilities Research Paper

  • Discussed discriminatory behavior toward people with disabilities
  • Included personal experiences of being a target of prejudiced attitudes

♦ Numerous Profiles, Editorials, and Interpretive Journalism Pieces

  • Strengthened writing skills through useful instruction
  • Improved writing style through continuous practice

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

♦ 2007 First Place University of Michigan-Dearborn Creative Writing Awards Contest

♦ 2006 Intern of the Year Plymouth Historical Museum

♦ Golden Key International Honour Society (Top 15 percent of college juniors/seniors)

♦ Focus: HOPE Journalism Olympics Finalist (Top 15 out of 200 applicant articles)

 

WORK EXPERIENCE IN COMMUNICATIONS WRITING

♦ Plymouth Historical Museum                                                                                                               Plymouth, MI

Intern, Writing Department                                                         May 2006-December 2006

  • Researched, compiled, and wrote profiles of historical figures
  • Edited and updated historical information for museum summaries
  • Revised existing visitors brochure and developed an informational pamphlet
  • Created a “Did You Know?” Section of interesting facts to maintain visitor interest

 

WORK HISTORY

♦ The Gap                                                                                                                                            Livonia, MI

Sales Associate                                                                           September 2000-December 2000

Cashier, assisted customers in locating purchases, stocked items

 

♦ American Cancer Society “Relay for Life”                                                                 Ferndale, MI

Cancer Survivor Speaker                                                                        June 2008 and June 2009

Shared personal inspiring story and life lessons learned while battling cancer to encourage and relate to people

 

♦ University of Michigan Grand Rounds                                                                      Ann Arbor, MI

Shared cancer struggles with medical students                       December 2008 and January 2009

 

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

♦ NorthRidge Church

♦ Charity Golf Outing for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

♦ St. Christine’s Soup Kitchen

♦ March of Dimes

♦ Detroit Rescue Mission

 

 

COMPUTER SKILLS

♦ Knowledgeable in Microsoft Word and Internet Research

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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