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New Job Fail: Disclose, or not to disclose, that is the question.

I've read previous responses regarding this topic. "Honesty is the best policy" seems to be the prevailing theory. As one "out in the field" hunting for a job before UE runs out, I feel that your perspective might come from high atop that proverbial "ivory tower." For many - as myself - finding a job is at best difficult. That difficulty threatens our very existence; ie; life (no health insurance or access to healthcare), liberty (confined to the restrictive auspices of housing for the homeless) and the pursuit of happiness (hard to be happy while you slowly lose car, home, friends, and home). So, to have anything on your resume or divulged during interview that adds yet another obstacle to the process is nothing short of stupid (the kind of stupid that pulls the trigger with the thumb while staring down the barrel). I'd caution you to try adding some perspective beyond your own in your solicited advice. As for my situation; I moved to another state for my current job, and signed a one year lease on an apartment based on that job. But just three weeks in to this job there is no shred of doubt that the compounding company (compounds various drugs) for which I work exposes me to a compound which is causing a painful autoimmune reaction to my body. The irony is: this painful reaction requires frequent trips to the "facilities,' which is against company policy. (Employees are allowed 8 minutes only, which is insufficient for the frequent trips needed to the bathroom.) In addition, I am unable to seek medical care as I have not yet acquired health insurance. So, I am stuck trying to mask the pain as best I can, making it worse by adhering to bathroom break policy, and adding to the pain with the stress of trying to find a job while working full time. And you - the professionals - suggest that I be honest about this?!! I can tell you from over 30 years experience and knowing how hard it is to get a job past the age of 60, you are wrong. It's about survival. Still think I need to be honest? Bring on your best advice and tell me how to do that without becoming homeless.

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Anonymous
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I feel for you. You have a knack of conveying thoughts and feelings on paper, and I think we all feel your pain.
Do you know the laws in your state regarding when you'll be eligible for medical coverage? Can you wait that long? I see that you're in support. Is there any way to limit exposure to the compounds? It would seem that you'd be away from them, but I don't know the layout of your office. Is it airborne? Perhaps a fan at your desk can shield you a bit.

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