How Scrappiness Can Beat Out a Silver Spoon

There’s no question that privilege exists on a continuum. Your race, gender, and socioeconomic background greatly contribute to your career successes and challenges.

Regina Hartley is an HR professional who recognizes the advantages of hiring people who’ve overcome adversity–and have the non-traditional career history to prove it. As a truck driver turned business woman, her TED talk resonates with me and with many of my clients.

If you’re facing a career transition and think you might not have the ideal background, take heart from Ms. Hartley’s words. Identify the value your bootstrapping background has yielded and communicate when you speak and write about your career.

Her talk is called, “Why the Best Hire Might Not Have the Perfect Resume.” I’d say, every candidate can have the perfect resume if they embrace every part of their background and tell their audience why it’s valuable to them.