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Discussion on: Is Stack Overflow profile relevant in resume?

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John Colagioia

Think of it like education: It's important if it's one of the stronger aspects about your career to date, but less useful in the face of other experience that you can showcase.

That's obviously unclear, because every job application is different. But to give a more concrete example, if you're applying to a Ruby on Rails shop and you happen to answer a lot of Rails questions, they're going to want to see that. By contrast, if you asked one question, once, it's probably not worth mentioning.

Personally, I just keep links to Stack Overflow, GitHub, and social media on my personal webpage and direct people there in my cover letter. Some companies get excited about it, some don't care. Again, the analogy is education: At my age, nobody cares about my degree (though having one gets me through some screening), but for your first job, your school and GPA might be the majority of your reputation.

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ItsASine (Kayla)

Personally, I just keep links to Stack Overflow, GitHub, and social media on my personal webpage and direct people there in my cover letter.

This!

I know some people will see my username tends to be ItsASine for dev things and hunt, so I'll save them the trouble and link to them on my sites, but the resume is better to keep to just what will make you look good. I'm sure there are interviewers out there that want to judge everyone by their SO ranks, but unless you're active in your tech stack's questions, it's not going to be a huge plus to keep on the resume.

Although, even though my Github is meh, I know a lot of hiring managers would want to see it, so I include a reference to it under my personal site link. But that's more because I assume no one is going to go to my website so I at least want to convey that my Github profile exists.

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Chris Boles

Totally agree. Everything in your resume should have some relevance to the job description.

Like my GitHub profile is more geared towards personal projects than contributing to open source. So, while I always include it, it just depends on how much I include.

You should be able to explain why every line on your resume is important for them to read.

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Jen Miller

You should be able to explain why every line on your resume is important for them to read.

I very much agree on this.