Work life

Work Life

Landing a job that works for you

Whether you're looking for your first job or changing jobs, there are a few things to keep in mind as you polish your resume:

Landing a job that works for you
  • Search early and often: The job market is constantly changing. So, keep your eyes open for new and different opportunities. Even a quick email to a recruiter can go a long way
  • Plan ahead: Before your interview, research the position and try to think of a few questions you might get asked. You can even ask a friend to help you do a mock interview
  • Ask for what you need: There's more to negotiate than salary and vacation days. Maybe you work from home a few times a month or you need to have a lighter workload based on your CF care schedule. Ask for accommodations using this letter template
  • Benefit from your benefits: From company culture to average commute, there are a lot of factors to consider when choosing an employer. But don't forget about your benefits package. Make note of insurance plans, paid time off, and schedule flexibility, which could include remote working opportunities

Work benefits

Work benefits can be hard to figure out. If you have any questions, reach out to your company's representative. In the meantime, these tips are options that can help you navigate your employer's benefit package: 

Work Benefits
  • Health Savings Account (HSA): You may end up paying out-of-pocket for medical expenses before your deductible is met. So, if you have a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP), consider using a Health Savings Account (HSA). With an HSA, you can deduct money from your paycheck tax-free to cover qualified medical expenses
  • Review time off policies: Many employers offer sick days or personal days as part of their benefits package. You may want to use these days when you need to get some extra rest or focus on treatments
  • Know your legal rights: Having cystic fibrosis (CF) may entitle you to protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Learn more here
  • Know your insurance options: Insurance is complex, and choosing the best plan takes time and research. Be sure to reach out to your company's representative for help with choosing an option that's right for you. You can also take a look at the Insurance 101 guide
  • COBRA*: If you lose your health benefits from your job, you may be eligible for coverage through COBRA, which allows you to continue your current insurance for up to 18 months. However, because you would have to pay the full cost of your insurance plan, this can be an expensive option

* COBRA stands for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985.

Navigating unemployment

Losing your job can be a stressful and uncertain time. But there are steps you can take to make sure your transition between jobs is as seamless as possible:

Navigating unemployment
  • File for unemployment insurance benefits as soon as you can. Just keep in mind that the amount you'll get depends on many factors, such as where you live and how long you've worked
  • Review your insurance options. COBRA may be a good choice for you, but there are others to consider such as Medicare and Medicaid
  • Reach out to former coworkers and friends for job leads. You never know when someone is looking to fill a position

    Choosing a new insurance plan? Here’s what you need to consider.
    You may want to call each insurance company to find out:

    • Does the plan cover your preferred doctors, specialists, and emergency care and hospital admissions?
    • Are your prescriptions covered by the plan (eg, are they on formulary, do they require co-payment, do fees apply toward the deductible)?
    • Will coverage changes affect your ability to use your current doctors or pharmacies?
    • Are any prior authorizations required?
    • Does the plan offer coverage for a spouse or a partner?