A résumé is something we all need, but for tech pros the format can prove a bit limiting. With so many projects, it’s hard to convey your total skill set within the boundaries of a page (or two). Stack Overflow’s new ‘Developer Story’ may help tech pros tell their story more effectively.
Leaning on a study it produced earlier this year, Stack Overflow notes that over half of developers don’t have college degrees in computer science. That’s an issue when it comes to traditional résumés, the company asserts, which tend to highlight formal education, something that’s not always relevant.
“Traditional resumes, with their emphasis on titles and pedigree, do a terrible job of conveying what a developer can do,” said Stack Overflow Vice President Jay Hanlon. “Developers are makers. You wouldn’t hire a designer based on static words on a page, so why hire a developer that way? The goal of Developer Story is to let developers share whatever it is that best conveys their skills, so we can match them with the companies that need them.”
Starting with your Stack Overflow profile, you’re able to split your résumé into two views: traditional and ‘Story View.’ The latter lets you add just about anything to a timeline, including links to questions you’ve answered on Stack Overflow, videos or open source projects you’ve worked on.
The traditional view takes those entries and compiles them into a, well, traditional-looking résumé. You can also export the traditional résumé as a PDF if you like.
Developer Stories are only discoverable if you choose to make them public, and come with a link you can distribute as needed. That’s an interesting aspect to the equation, as many job seekers turn to networking on social media to find new positions.
Once you’ve completed a Developer Story, Stack Overflow lets you manage your job search by noting if you’re currently looking, as well as what salary you’d like and which cities you’re available for work in (or willing to relocate to).
Developer Story helps add much-needed color to work history, especially if you’re active on Stack Overflow or speak at conferences. It might bring unwanted attention from recruiters, but that’s likely to happen anyway.