Skill Resume Achievements, What Good Goes Here?

Paddy paddy3118 at
Sat Jan 5 07:50:31 CET 2008

On Jan 2, 3:59 pm, vbgunz <vbg... at> wrote:
> I spent some time working on a skill resume, the kind of resume
> college students put together and realized, I am not in college and
> everything I learned was self-taught. Of course I would like some real
> world achievements but don't consider throw-away code an achievement
> and am failing to really see any. I don't even wish to entertain the
> thought of lying about anything.
> What are some achievements an employer may be looking for in someone
> willing to start at ground level, entry level, intern, etc? What are
> some real world achievements every n00b will need under his/her belt
> in order to be taken seriously?

You need to have written code that you expect others to either read or
use. Others have pointed out the benefits of contributing to an open
source project but code to be read might include code posted to
newsgroups in answer to questions, or your blog entries. If you have
no code fit to be read then what is a potential employer to do?

(Personally, a college student showing an appreciation of doctests
would impress).

- Paddy.

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