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maya liberman

Great post! I loved it. I have a question regarding the recommendation of donating your time as a junior developer to open sources. Is it something that catches an eye of a recruiter or a team leader or just a myth? Also do you recommend to put a list of significant projects with some explanations in the CV or just refer to the general GitHub account?

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Christian Kozalla

I like this post, too, since I am looking for a junior role right now.

Regarding you question about a list of significant projects in the CV: I have made my CV as a single HTML file and hosted on GitHub pages. So, I can easily share the link, plus, updates I make after sharing the link are still propagated.

I decided to include a detailed list of my projects to make them stand out.

I've noticed that interviewers look at my CV during the interview as a reference to ask questions and discuss my experience. So, I'd definitely make projects stand out somehow. 👍

Here's the link to my CV
christiankozalla.github.io/CV

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Dekel Author

Thanks @christiankozalla !
I really like your CV and the fact that you made it as a github-pages gives you more points, imho.

Asking questions about past experience (the projects that a candidate worked on, even if they are personal projects) is a great way to understand the experience of that candidate, how much "copy&paste" they did and how well they actually understand what they are doing.

Good like finding your next job!

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Ethan Goddard

I really like the online CV. It's very clean and pleasant to look at. Also has some great information on there. I might have been inspired to make one for myself! :)

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Christian Kozalla

Awesome! Glad to hear you like it 😀

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Mahfuzur Rahman

nice cv

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Dekel Author

Thanks @mayaliberman1 !

I have a question regarding the recommendation of donating your time as a junior developer to open sources. Is it something that catches an eye of a recruiter or a team leader or just a myth?

Definitely something that a good recruiter will take into consideration, however keep in mind that it's the candidate's responsibility to make sure this information is emphasized enough.
If there is only a link to the github account - no one can promise that the recruiter will actually check it/understand that it's important. I would suggest the candidate to emphasize the fact that they contribute to open-source project - for example, add a link to the issues/prs that they contributed.

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Sunny Golovine

Is it something that catches an eye of a recruiter or a team leader or just a myth?

It helps you stand out for sure. It shows that you can work inside a codebase that isn't your own. It also shows that you have a grasp of how to contribute code, one of the first things I have to teach Jr's out of college is how to use Git, Github and the PR process.