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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Yes! You Should Include your Burning Man Volunteer Experience on your Resume!

 Image by Scott London

A few weeks ago, after perusing many resumes and profiles of executive candidates, I sent a tweet out that read something like: You probably shouldn't include your Burning Man volunteer experience on your resume when applying to Corporate America.

That tweet has now mysteriously disappeared from my profile. 

I've been mulling it over, and yes, you definitely should include your Burning Man volunteer experience on your resume. It indicates that you enjoy interacting with diverse groups of people and that you have the distinctive ability to stay sane when every one around you is acting like they're on drugs.

Lastly, if you volunteer at Burning Man every year, would you really want to work for a company that would view that as a bad thing?

So I suggest that you go ahead and start putting your unique experiences on your resume. After all, shouldn't your resume content be a reflection of you, instead of a reflection of who you think companies want you to be?

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