How to add personal projects onto a resume.

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How to add personal projects onto a resume.

Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:31 AM

I had a call this morning for a job I had applied for. They required 3-5 years of experience of which Ihave 3 but majority of my experience is educational experience. They asked that I add my projects to my resume and resubmit the updated resume.

My question is, how do I add projects to a resume?
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Re: How to add personal projects onto a resume.

Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:38 AM

A link to github locations? Places where they are displayed online? Locations where they can see your code and organization.

I would suggest github.
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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:49 AM

So they are asking for links to the code? How would I include these links in resume.
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Re: How to add personal projects onto a resume.

Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:51 AM

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So they are asking for links to the code?

I have no idea what they are specifically asking for - I am only going off what you are reporting. If they are asking to see projects then by all means *SHOW THEM* your projects.

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How would I include these links in resume.

How would you include links to anything? Paste the link (in clear text), explain what it shows, mention strengths they'll see, and move on.
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Re: How to add personal projects onto a resume.

Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:58 AM

Sorry, I'm just giving the information I have. I didn't want to sound like I had never done this before when talking to them.
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Re: How to add personal projects onto a resume.

Posted 12 August 2013 - 12:02 PM

Okay.. but you haven't done this before.. so it may behoove you to just ask them what they are specifically looking for and if they have a preferred format.
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Re: How to add personal projects onto a resume.

Posted 12 August 2013 - 02:02 PM

I would also make sure that the code that you do submit is commented well.
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Posted 12 August 2013 - 02:50 PM

Interesting... in my experience in applying for jobs, the employers were asking for commercial (paid) experience.

I asked some job advisers if some of those projects that I did for things like education and competitions could go toward my CV under experience, but they said they would go under 'hobbies and interests' since they were not paid. I guess it depends on who you ask in what type of experience they're looking for.

As for how to add the projects, if they ask to see them I either send them a link to it in the CV and cover letter (if it's online like on a website or blog or whatever) or just send the project directly in an e-mail attachment. Like modi said, ask them how they want to see it.
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Re: How to add personal projects onto a resume.

Posted 12 August 2013 - 06:06 PM

I have to agree. School work is not "experience". Its homework assignments. If you are counting your schooling as part of that '3-5' years experience you need to recalculate and just count real world, paying job experience.
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Posted 12 August 2013 - 06:32 PM

i have 3 years of professional experience except my main job focus is not development so the majority of projects I have worked on are mostly personal/educational. I'm sorting out a repository to host my code on.
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Posted 13 August 2013 - 05:37 AM

I disagree tlhIn`toq. School work is experience, no matter how you look at it anything in life is experience. If the job is asking for professional experience that is different from school experience, but they are both experience in some way. I did more difficult/technical things in college than I have at my job for quite some time.
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Re: How to add personal projects onto a resume.

Posted 13 August 2013 - 06:26 AM

Context. Work is not asking about your sexual experience. They aren't asking about your family reunion experience. They aren't asking about your playground experience. They are interviewing people for jobs. They are asking about job experience that relates to your skill set as it applies to the job you are applying for. Even if you have 20 years work experience as a concrete man, but are applying to be a software developer it really doesn't count much IN THE CONTEXT of the job you are applying for.
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Re: How to add personal projects onto a resume.

Posted 13 August 2013 - 06:39 AM

You are right on that, but what is the scope of the context when applying? do they just want the programming experience you know for the specific language being used in the position you are applying for? Would you leave out all non-web development projects in a web-development application? I for one keep my school projects in my applications as experience.
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Re: How to add personal projects onto a resume.

Posted 13 August 2013 - 06:47 AM

school projects in my opinion would not go in experience. In fact the only reference I ever put to anything I did in school is the fact that I earned a degree. I do list personal (completed) projects, open-source projects, and any relevant work experience. Relevant, to me, for a development job would be any work I did in any IT job function.
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Re: How to add personal projects onto a resume.

Posted 13 August 2013 - 08:30 AM

This thread seems to have derailed slightly. Although I do not wish to cease this discussion I will just step in to say that I managed (after a bit of digging) to find another post which answered my question. thank you for your help though guys. Post is here #3 for those who are interested and happen upon my thread.
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