Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Press Release- Balance After Cancer Foundation - FREE Resources for Life After Cancer

We are so pleased to announce the press release has launched sharing all about the Balance After Cancer Foundation - please read it and share.

Balance After Cancer Foundation is a New Survivorship Tool for Cancer Survivors Providing FREE Online Classes & More...

New York - 03/11/2019 (PRDistribution.com) Balance After Cancer Foundation is focused on helping people who have experienced cancer in any way to get back to "normal". The Foundation offers free survivorship tools such as online learning, one on one coaching, writing workshops and more.

 

Monday, March 11, 2019

FREE Online Course on Entrepreneurship - An Introduction





The Balance After Cancer Foundation's mission is to provide education based FREE tools to help survivors, thrivers and previvors of cancer. We are pleased to announce the launch of another free online course. This course is focused on entrepreneurship. The creator of the course, Lisa Vento Nielsen, is a lifelong entrepreneur and has coached and taught classes on going from zero to launch and also wrote 2 books about the topic.

Many people who experience cancer struggle with being work ready or are told they cannot work at all. Having the option to run their own business or just make or do something they love to do in a way that can bring confidence, help self-worth and allow for an option for socialization.

Enroll in the course for free here.

Find out more about the Balance After Cancer Foundation below.

Balance After Cancer Foundation is a New Survivorship Tool for Cancer Survivors Providing FREE Online Classes & More...

New York - 03/11/2019 (PRDistribution.com) Balance After Cancer Foundation is focused on helping people who have experienced cancer in any way to get back to "normal". The Foundation offers free survivorship tools such as online learning, one on one coaching, writing workshops and more.






Friday, March 8, 2019

Write to "Right" Your Story...FREE Writer's Workshop from Balance After Cancer Foundation

FREE Online Writers Workshop - Balance After Cancer Foundation Launches New Survivorship Tool "Write / Right Your Story"



Writing is a helpful way to process things that happen to and around us. I have been writing in a journal since 1986 when I was still 9 years old. When I grew up, I continued to write but I kept it very private and did not use my writing for anything other than documenting stuff with the kids, writing down my worries and what have you for my eyes only. 

I began a small business and began writing a blog every day about something to do with resumes, careers, business, etc and I found it to be very enjoyable and I also found that many people were on my site reading my content and I started to think that maybe, just maybe I was a "writer".

But I did not believe it. Then, I was diagnosed with cancer at 39 years old and stopped doing much of anything to get through treatment. I also hid my illness and did not want to talk about it, think about it or do anything else about it besides survive.

All of a sudden after I finished chemotherapy and began radiation in June 2017, I realized that I had a gift from God and that gift was writing and sharing and so I began to blog, anonymously, and saw many people reading my story, commenting on my posts and it led me to be brave enough to unmask myself and to publicly "come out" as a cancer patient. 

I now run 3 (or 4, if you could this one) blogs where I share my story, help for others going through cancer through my nonprofit Balance After Cancer blog.

Recently, I took a pilgrimage to Italy to visit the Vatican and my saint, Padre Pio and I was inspired to start up a writing workshop group that would operate online and of course be free.
Today, I proudly call myself a writer. Writing things down and sharing them, for me, is a great way to name my fears, to put them away and to move on. Writing does not have to be shared, though, to help "right" the wrongs of life and to help you heal. 

I am launching 3 groups with a cap of 5 people to join and the sign up is here.  I truly hope you would consider signing up as we work as a group to write / right our story.



Lisa Vento Nielsen is the founder of Balance After Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit providing survivorship tools to other cancer survivors, thrivers and previvors. You can find out more here.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

College After Cancer - Free Online Training Balance After Cancer Foundation


COURSE IS LIVE HERE

What is Balance After Cancer? 


I think a lot about helping people who experience cancer - so much so that I founded a nonprofit, Balance After Cancer Foundation and have based a lot of what I can do to help others based off of my life experiences and expertise. My expertise in teaching college and helping students be "college ready" (I wrote the book about it - check it out here) led me to develop a FREE online class to help young adult and pediatric cancer survivors get ready for college or furthering their education.



Though I do not know what it is like to truly be a "young" cancer patient (though at 39 years old with my diagnosis and type of cancer, I was considered "young"), I have had the pleasure to meet many young cancer patients and know that those who are impacted with this disease at a younger age have a unique experience and unique in cancer world is NOT GOOD.

It is harder to get to work, to live a normal life and with (hopefully) 50 or more years of survivorship ahead of these young folks impacted by cancer, having help to get a foot up regarding college and schooling is well needed.

Why me?

Lucky for me, I was able to get my MBA at 22 years old after completing my Bachelor's degree at 21 years old - yes, I was a baby. In fact, during my MBA program, that was my nickname "Bambina" - oh did I add on the extra level that I was able to study for my MBA in Rome? Ok, do you hate me? Well, the point of my introduction there is that I was so damn lucky that I did not get hit with the c-word until I was 39. I mean, I wish I and everyone else who experiences the words, "you have cancer" never heard them or will hear them in the future. We know we are not there yet so we have to make the best with what we got which is at least my degrees were done - nothing can take those degrees away from me.

I worked for many years in Corporate America, climbing the ladder within financial services and publishing industries starting in 1999 and while doing that I concurrently began teaching college in 2003. When I left Corporate in late 2009, it was to focus on teaching at the University level and to pursue my doctorate degree. I did not complete the doctorate but I did continue to teach at local universities St John's University, Wagner College, College of Staten Island and Caldwell University both online and in person.


During these years of teaching college (2003-2016) I began to realize the abilities and skill sets of my students was shifting away from career readiness. I also noticed the extreme issues the students were facing such as drugs, suicide and more.

Each class I taught became an exercise of love and a mix of real world and textbook materials. I would take my classes and shake them up, make a resume part of the curriculum, work on public speaking and other soft skills and all of that wound up in the book I wrote in early 2016 called, "The Book on College Readiness". I also taught online and in person and have an affinity for both types of teaching.



FREE Offerings - NEWEST Online Course "College After Cancer" 


Now, to the good stuff, my nonprofit offers free programs including online courses in "work readiness" and "college after cancer" as well as a writing workshop and one on one coaching. If you have experienced cancer as a previvor, survivor or thriver, I want to find a way to help you. There are multiple workbooks on getting back to "normal" after cancer and being college ready - the books are currently offered at a small cost but I do hope to provide the books for free soon. You can put in a book request here. You can sign up for the introductory FREE College After Cancer course here - it will be launching on 3/15/2019. I cannot wait to meet you and help you! 



Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Free Online Course - Balance After Cancer Non Profit - The Basics Course


Balance After Cancer - The Basics Course FREE 

We are so proud to announce our first online course available for anyone who has experienced a life changing diagnosis or been told they have a predisposition to a disease.

This course is thorough and walks through the 3 top topics with getting back to "normal" after illness. We cover confidence, preparedness and plan.

Please check out the introductory video above and the link to register below.

Register today - FREE COURSE - Online Learning

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Resume Writing Tips for Cancer Survivors









The best way to find a job, of course, is by networking in person or through LinkedIn but no matter how great you are at relationship skills and self promotion for your career after cancer, you will still be asked for your resume.
A resume is an interesting piece of paper - but it is JUST a piece of paper. We are very attached to these pieces of paper but oftentimes they are out of date or unprofessional looking and that does not best highlight the jobseeker.

If your resume is not on point, it will be hard for you to move forward to the interviewing/job offer stage unless you are brought in based on the LinkedIn profile alone (which does sometimes happen) – even still, during the interview, people like to hold and read your resume. So all of these tactics do not matter if your resume is not as good as it could be. And this is all subjective but there are certain rules that apply to ALL resumes and especially for us working on our careers after cancer.
Your resume has to reflect your skills and talents and give your networking partners something to share and use to promote you. Here are my quick must haves on a resume:

  1. Summary section – This is the most important information about what makes you YOU that should be highlighted in bullet format right at the top of your resume. Why? Because people do not always read a whole document particularly if you are multiple pages in your resume (Note: Your resume should be no more than 2 pages) – you need to highlight the most important things about you right at the top.
  2. Great descriptors -  The essence of who you are that is highlighted in your summary should be solidified throughout your job descriptions. Remember the Skills Mapping exercise shared here - that should be what you use to pepper in to your skills and your job experience section. Try to have the words that are in the job description you like in your resume as these are the "buzz" or "key" words to get your through the screening process.
  3. Clean lines and professional email address – If you have a Hotmail email account, I am going to think you time traveled from 1999 to today. It should be your first name and last name at gmail with some tweaks, as needed if you have a common name.
  4. Include volunteering experience or a placeholder for "special projects" if you have a chronological "blank space" on your resume.
  5. Remember the resume is just a piece of paper but it is important for your career after cancer to have the best one possible to get to the interview - check this space for some insights on how to interview for your career after dealing with a serious health issue.


If you like this article, check out balanceaftercancer.org for more information and resources for your getting back to "normal" after cancer.

Follow us on Twitter @balancecancer or Instagram @balance_after_cancer or by clicking here.

Disclaimer: Writer of this article makes no guarantees about the content and everything should be cleared with you medical team and doctors. The information provided in this article is written by the writer for general information and the information should not be used without consulting with your own medical / legal team. This information is strictly for educational purposes and the author is not responsible for the outcomes if you follow aforementioned advice of the author. 



Lisa Vento Nielsen, MBA, PMP is an author, speaker, cancer survivor and career expert. Find out more at lisaventonielsen.com.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Using Social Media to Find Work for Cancer Survivors













For those of us who have been told, "You have cancer." we look for support and help everywhere and at times, despite statistics showing that more and more people are receiving cancer diagnoses, we find our "tribe" our "cancer" network through social media. We share things and receive love, support and make friendships and connections via our phones and social media. 
This is all great and so important - especially for me - so I imagine it is for you, too. The only drawback to sharing openly and connecting with others is that our "digital footprint" now shows that we have / had cancer. We should be open and not feel ashamed BUT hiring managers might not agree or be willing to take a chance on us because of our illness(es) - which is totally illegal, mind you, BUT how do you prove it? 
Before any interview or job offer, every hiring team across all industries googles their potential new employee. Think about googling yourself to see what comes up. If a lot of content or links talk about your health, you might want to consider doing these steps to "hide them" a bit.
To hide your illness from social media google searches:
1- Create another social media world based off of your career successes/professional aspirations in the hopes that this will come up before the illness items.
2- Change the name or identifying information on your personal social media accounts to help allow your professional name search NOT pull it up.
3-DO NOT BE ASHAMED by what you have shared - this is just because the mindset for hiring managers is, "Will this employee be a good fit? Will they mesh with our team? Will they be reliable and be in every day no matter what?" For some reason, being a cancer patient will make the hiring managers think, "This person could get sick/be sick/miss work - maybe we should move on to the stack of resumes that DO NOT have an illness." 
Now, for the second part of this process in using social media as a professional, here are some tips to start today. 
Identify Your Strategy: Identify your industry of interest or the skill you want to promote to stand out in said industry - the choice of how to do this is dependent on a) how much work experience you have and b) if you are changing industries or not. Ideally, you should be a "generalist" and able to move between industries by highlighting your skills alone but that does not always work so you can do a mix of the two sharing or pick one that works best for you.

Sharing Content: Once you decide on your strategy, decide on your plan of social media. What platforms should you use to stand out for your brand? Skip Facebook immediately - you can keep using that for personal reasons because it is hardly used for anything else by anyone. Instead, focus on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn (of course).

I would include SnapChat but all anyone I know uses it for is to make themselves look like a puppy so maybe skip that for now until it becomes more mainstream..

Post it on Social Media: Now, being to share content around your industry / specialty.

With Instagram, you can snap photos of yourself preparing to give a training or with work colleagues celebrating something work related. You can also show pictures of you in business attire or quotes and/or image based text such as photo of your resume with some words included. There are apps to make an image look like a professional post such as Canva and TypiImage. You can use instaquote to draft a saying or a general lesson about your role or specialty and share that - like "Project Management - how to know how to do any task right" something catchy and interesting. You can share that on Instagram.

For Twitter, you can share articles about your dream company (favorable), industry (think pieces) and include a quick comment about it.

LinkedIn is the way to move mountains for your career, though. Share articles once or twice every 2 weeks and include your overview of the article. Consider writing your own piece for LinkedIn Pulse. Get out there are be your amazing professional self on all social media to help you find your career after cancer. 
If you like this article, check out balanceaftercancer.org for more information and resources for your career after cancer.
Follow us on Twitter @balancecancer or Instagram @balance_after_cancer or by clicking here.

Disclaimer: Writer of this article makes no guarantees about the content and everything should be cleared with you medical team and doctors. The information provided in this article is written by the writer for general information and the information should not be used without consulting with your own medical / legal team. This information is strictly for educational purposes and the author is not responsible for the outcomes if you follow aforementioned advice of the author. 



Lisa Vento Nielsen, MBA, PMP is an author, speaker, cancer survivor and career expert. Find out more at lisaventonielsen.com.

Press Release- Balance After Cancer Foundation - FREE Resources for Life After Cancer

We are so pleased to announce the press release has launched sharing all about the Balance After Cancer Foundation - please read it and s...