If you are a web developer, having a GitHub profile is imperative. The projects on your GitHub can be synonymous to the skills you possess. In this day and age, where recruiters are looking for something that stands out in a developer, having a stellar GitHub or Stack Overflow profile can give your resume that extra push.
In past decades, engineers were chosen for interviews based on their resume content and positive referrals from colleagues. Given the available technology up until the early 2000s, demonstrations of coding prowess were often limited to answering technical questions or writing and editing relatively short programs in an interview setting.
As technology trends changed, so too did some of the concepts around hiring. The rise of the open-source movement, the drastic reduction in barriers (both cost and complexity) to hosting, general public access to publishing on mobile app markets, and the popularity of repository sites all contributed to a programmer's new ability to show a portfolio of code to employers.
Benefits of adding Github profile in your CV
GitHub is a website and service that we hear geeks rave about all the time, yet a lot of people don’t really understand what it does. GitHub is a repository hosting service. Think of it as the "cloud" for code. GitHub will host your source code projects in a variety of different programming languages and keep track of the various changes made to every iteration.
A portfolio of code is primarily used to demonstrate basic programming ability and an understanding of fundamental concepts. It can also serve as a catalyst during interviews that helps facilitate deep explorations into the thought process behind a technical decision. These conversations are what make for great interviews, and the opportunity to discuss familiar material will be far more comfortable than fielding random technical questions.
Benefits of adding Stack Overflow profile in your CV
In the above vide, the speaker recommends Stack Overflow, the community site best known for providing answers for all of your random coding questions, also has a thriving jobs board and provides services to employers looking to hire developers. Your answers can, in some cases, grab the attention of prospective employers.
Stack Overflow features questions and answers on a wide range of topics in computer programming. The website serves as a platform for users to ask and answer questions, and, through membership and active participation, to vote questions and answers up or down and edit questions and answers in a fashion similar to a wiki or Digg.
Benefits of mentioning your tech blog in your CV
Tech blogs can serve a similar purpose. Your tech blog can showcase your knowledge and expertise. Hiring managers often want to hire people who care passionately about their profession. A blog relating to that profession is a nice way to demonstrate your care and interest. When hiring, this is exactly the kind of "extra" that attracts their attention.
Any of these profiles or blogs, when added to the resume, can be intriguing for anyone going over it. If you have a presentable profile, that is easy to go through, showcasing all your work, then do add a link to the profile with your contact details.