Would you NOT be a living organ donor because of fears of how it could affect your career?EN
Last week in "Add Organ Donor to my Resume?" I asked about whether or not there is a way I could somehow add that I am donating my kidney (in 3 months to my dad) in my resume and/or cover letter as a sign of my character / maturity. The responses were a very firm NO, and after reading all the responses I definitely agree with this.
I was however, very surprised that some people thought I shouldn't even bring it up at all in the interview or after being hired for fear that potential employers might find this to be a weaknessbecause they have no way of knowing for sure if there are any lingering side effects and I could be a liability to the firm / unofficially labeled as disabled (and eligible for a lawsuit if they fired me on these grounds?).
My question to you is: would you NOT consider voluntarily* donating an organ because you would be worried of how it could negatively affect your career in the future? Assume that after 3 months of recovery you are 100% your normal self.
*Voluntarily meaning you step-up and choose to do it for someone (whom you know or dont know). If it was your dying mother and you were the only hope, i'm sure that all of you would do it no matter what, right?
Here are some of the quotes from the the previous thread that inspired me to write this follow-up post:
Seriously. I wouldn't bring it up. People might question your health, or might think you are a douche for seeking credit for this. I can't see how it is relevant to making money, or being a good corporate boy.
The worse situation would be someone who is ignorant with the transplant and donation process/experience, and place an asterisk beside your name as a negative sign. I've seen more than my fair share of transplant recipients who've been 'slowly eased' out of their jobs after they've had kidney transplants. My point is, depending on the perspective of the person reading the resume/doing the interview, if you raise the topic you should be ready just in case they raise the 'will you be as dependable as the other applicants'.
I don't mention anything about this on my CV. Why? Because I don't want to labelled.
Nobody wants to be labeled 'the kidney guy' when they get hired for that reason.