I am creating a resumé. I want to know whether mentioning stackoverflow profile counts for much in terms of interview factors, e.g. showing my knowledgeability and performance.


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It entirely depends on the person who is going to interview you, I guess. And of course, what your profile looks like. In general, Stack Overflow has become a very well-known resource over the past years - especially in the US, there is a good chance your interviewer knows the site.

If you are referring to your current Stack Overflow profile, I'd say it won't impress a recruiter much in it current state - it contains 4 questions, one of them downvoted, and only one answer that, while probably helpful, doesn't help prove that you are a knowledgeable person.

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    I think my profile scares people off me these days...
    – Oded
    Feb 1, 2012 at 11:50
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    @Oded yeah, I've had the same thought - for one, my "recent comments" are often 2 pages of "what exactly goes wrong? Please be more specific" which make me look like a pedantic asshole. Ah well. :)
    – Pekka
    Feb 1, 2012 at 11:52

Currently the answer is No, as Pekka already said.

However, if and when you will gain enough reputation you will be invited to create a professional profile here. ( Stack Overflow Careers site)

This can be introduced in job interviews and will even help you find jobs, pretty similar to LinkedIn.

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    I don't think it's down to 'enough reputation'. The invitation algorithm is top-secret-if-we-told-you-we'd-have-to-kill-you kind of stuff - based on previous comments from staff. Feb 1, 2012 at 12:45
  • @Mr.D - I got such email at some point: "We’re impressed by your “javascript” tag answers on Stack Overflow. In recognition of your generous spirit, we’d like to invite you to create a professional profile on Stack Overflow Careers 2.0." so it means when you reach enough votes in specific tag - I'm sure there are other "triggers" as well to get invited though. Can't see why it should be so secret - it's simple reward system for good contributors. Feb 1, 2012 at 12:51
  • But rep is one of the criteria, that much we know.
    – Rory Alsop
    Feb 1, 2012 at 12:51
  • 'yes there is an automatic system for invites that is based on your activity on SO, however how it works is magic and I am not allowed to pull the curtain back' - linky Feb 1, 2012 at 12:55
  • @Mr.D nice find, thanks. :-) Feb 1, 2012 at 12:58

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