How to Handle a Long Disability Leave in Job Search
I have been on long-term disability from my job two years. I no longer have a position at the company, but am still an employee with the status 'on leave'. Now that I am ready to return to work I have to find a new job as an internal candidate, or look outside the company. I consider this a full-out job search and am brushing up on MT guidance.
My disability was due to Bipolar disorder and included 9 months of hospitalization. I obviously won't be sharing that kind of detail, but what should I include in my resume, cover letter, and eventual interviews?
Resume: My resume currently shows work history ending April 2010 when I went on disability leave. Any suggestions on whether I should indicate my continued employee status after that month? My company is a large, well respected employer, so I think it would help to somehow say I am still affiliated with them.
Cover Letter: Is my cover letter the place to explain my long employment gap?
Interview: My current thinking is to address the question by energetically saying, "I was on long-term medical leave, but I'm better now and ready to return to work.
Any suggestions are appreciated!