I've always wondered whether those of you who have a good, solid reputation for helping others on stackoverflow mention this on your cv/in your job applications?

In my opinion, I think it should be deemed as recognisable to potential employers. Not as part of any sort of requirement by any means - but I think if you know your trade well enough to teach and help others, that should be valued. I certainly owe a lot to the members of SO for the amount I've learnt which has helped me in many situations in and out of employment - and I'd like to think that those who helped are recognised for it.


I have an account on http://careers.stackoverflow.com, which automates this for me. The PDF export is my CV, and it contains:

Projects & Interests

Stack Overflow – https://stackoverflow.com/users/100297 -- May 2009
Current Written 1015 answers. Active in python, regex, string, django, xml and 29 other tags.

So, yes, I do mention it. My online Careers 2.0 profile elaborates on that by including some of my posts.

Not that anyone has yet to remark on it. :-)


I've placed it on my resume, and it's gained the attention of my interviewers for sure. They remarked that they liked having that as a reference, and could see that I was genuine in my Java knowledge.

I do feel that people should put it on their resumes, as it gives employers a chance to see what you really know, and shows that you've contributed to the general community of programming knowledge.


No, because I don't have a lot of points and it would be a shame.

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    Why would it be a shame? You're only here for 8 months and as long as your contribution were well formulated and not the pure noise kind I don't see any need for shame. It still shows that you're participating in a programming community, are genuinely interested in it and learning. – user1942027 May 27 '14 at 22:27
  • This is not an answer, as it ignores the premise: "those of you who have a good, solid reputation for helping others on stackoverflow" – Nick Stauner May 28 '14 at 17:48

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