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I have a friend that has been on medical leave for 3 years. Now he is able to go back to work. How can I help him get back in it? He is an art director. What should he put on his resume for those three years? I feel he shouldn’t be penalized for it. Thoughts?

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Agree he shouldn't be penalized but also that unconscious bias is real, unfortunately. If it were me I'd say I'd been freelancing and working on personal creative projects.

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Be honest. 3 years Medical Leave and Why? It’s up to him to share how many details or how broad. It’s so ridiculous that leave of any kind is frowned upon. I get becoming out of touch but I think that takes longer than 3 years. If he did anything cool for those 3 years, share that. Self reflection, reading or anything that can be applied to better creative problem solving.

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Can you hire him?

This is and was a success for a similar (but different) problem. Perhaps it’s something they could do for themselves. Creating a LinkedIn page could also be a good creative exercise for your friend: https://thepregnancypause.org/

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