New research suggests that if you are a cancer survivor, revealing your health history in your resume can reduce the prospects of landing your dream job.
The researchers found that cancer survivors are less likely to receive callbacks from potential employers than those who did not disclose their health history.
"Basically, people are more likely to discriminate in very subtle interpersonal ways," said lead researcher Larry Martinez, assistant professor of hospitality management at Pennsylvania State University in the US.
The study focused on retail employers and compared two groups of job applicants: applicants who ostensibly never had cancer and applicants who indicated on their resumes they were cancer survivors and wore a hat that read "cancer survivor" when applying for a job.
Applicants disclosing a cancer history received fewer callbacks from managers than the applicants who did not disclose a history of cancer.
For the cancer survivor group, 21 percent received callbacks. For the control group, nearly 37 percent received callbacks, a statistically significant difference, according to the researchers.
The study was published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.