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I was a Fortune 500 HR SVP for ten million years, but I was an opera singer before I ever heard the term HR. The higher I got in the corporate world, the more operatic the action became. I started writing about the workplace for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1997, but it took me ages to find my own voice. Now I write for the Huffington Post, Business Week, LinkedIn, the Harvard Business Review, the Denver Post and Forbes.com and lead the worldwide Human Workplace movement to reinvent work for people. Stop by and join us: http://www.humanworkplace.com
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Add Your Education
After your career history, fill us in on your degrees and certifications. You don’t need to include your graduation dates. Just tell us where you went to school and what you earned there. You can include Interests, Professional Associations and Publications at the end of your resume, too, if you’ve got ‘em.
At the end of your resume you can also include a ‘keyword corral’ for the technical and functional keywords that didn’t make it into the body of your Human-Voiced Resume. Keyword-searching algorithms will find them there!
Wait, Read, Wait and Read Again
A Human-Voiced Resume is very different from a traditional resume, even though both documents include words on paper and cover two pages. A Human-Voiced Resume tells the reader much more about you than a traditional resume does. It can be a little jarring to read your own Human-Voiced Resume. When we write Human-Voiced Resumes for clients, we ask them to sit with the resume for a few days before reacting to it. Within about three days the unfamiliar resume language start to feel normal, and then it starts to feel really good.
People say “I can finally see myself in my resume!” That’s what we’re shooting for. Not everyone will love your Human-Voiced Resume. Some HR folks and hiring managers with sticks lodged where they should not be will turn up their noses at your break with tradition. That’s a good thing. Any resume is a branding document, and branding is designed to attract the right people and repel the wrong ones.
If someone can’t handle your human voice on the page, imagine how horrifying it would be to work with them! Only the people who get you, deserve you. Your Human-Voiced Resume will make it easier for sparkier hiring managers to pick you out of the crowd.