Sorry to reply so late to this. I’m returning to work after a few months off and in some interviews I was honest about having surgery recently – hence some of the time off – and about my endo. One of those interviewers offered me the job the same day I got offered one with a longer contract – so I think some places are empathetic. These were both medium to large sized offices with a good gender balance in them. I sort of gauged in the interview about the culture and decided to incorporate my endo in the interview.
Some places I just knew from the panel interviewing me and the tone of the place that they would dismiss me if I mentioned it. Depressing, but there’s a lot of misunderstanding out there.
In the job offer I accepted I did have to fill in a form about my health for the organisation’s Corporate Health Ireland account and I mentioned my surgery dates and endometriosis there.
While trying to find a job was hard with a gap on CV I found the following stuff helped.
1. Having 2 outfits in wardrobe ready and clean for interviews and making sure they were clothes I was comfortable in. (My endo belly is the bane of my life) Also I stopped wearing heels a few years ago because they just sucked my energy. So I got a nice pair of black loafers for interviews. I get very fatigued every few months so I’m putting physical comfort first now!
2. Changing my cover letter writing style. I wrote a version of this cover letter so I could tell a story my CV couldn’t and I could focus on the skills I had for the job that linked a lot of my previous experience: https://www.themuse.com/advice/career-change-cover-letter-sample It takes a while to perfect the format but any job I got an interview for I had used this template. Also a good way to get in the writing headspace is to imagine how someone supportive in your life would write about you, not necessarily a friend but someone who has been kind and encouraging to you in the past and positive about your attributes.
In terms of remote work, I came across this campaign in recent years: https://growremote.ie/ Might be worth bookmarking their website.