[hackerspaces] hackerspaces on resumes

Curbob curbob at gmail.com
Tue Jan 24 22:31:15 CET 2012

During my interview for my current job I told my soon to be boss that I put
on a hacker convention each year and I'm a member of a hacker space, just
so he knew before he hired me. That way if he had a problem later, I could
say I told you about this. He still hired me.

On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM, Al Jigong Billings
<albill at openbuddha.com>wrote:

> Funny, as a member of the board of directors and president of Ace
> Monster Toys, I list it on my linkedin profile and my resume and call it
> a "hackerspace." It seems dishonest otherwise since that's what it is.
> Al
> On 1/24/12 1:20 PM, Sam Ley wrote:
> > I don't put it on my paper resume, but my Linked In profile does list
> > me as a "Founder" of the Phoenix Asylum co-op. We don't really self
> > describe as a hackerspace (though we are very similar), so my
> > description doesn't mention the word "hackerspace". Here is what I wrote:
> >
> > "Founding Member of the Phoenix Asylum, a not-for-profit artist
> > cooperative in Boulder, CO. Phoenix Asylum rents studio space to local
> > artists, hosts gallery openings, and serves as a hub for the local
> > underground art community."
> >
> > While I think you can debate endlessly about using the word
> > Hackerspace or not, personally I would not use that term, but describe
> > it in more "familiar" terminology. Once I engage someone in individual
> > communication I get a lot more open about terminology though, since I
> > can detect and head-off any misunderstandings that might arise.
> >
> > One of the most important aspects of business involves finding
> > opportunities that are new and unique (like hackerspaces), building
> > teams (like hackerspaces do), raising money and budgeting operations
> > (like in a hackerspace) and being confident in your decisions even if
> > they may seem odd or unpopular to some (like running a hackerspace). I
> > think the managerial experience is great, and worth touting publicly -
> > and my current employers were excited to hear about my experiences and
> > skills related to the Asylum.
> >
> > This is a new career world - people are often expected to have
> > "non-career careers" and many businesses have learned the adage, "If
> > you want something done - ask a busy person." People with many
> > interests and non-work activities tend to be the smartest and most
> > driven people around (even if you have to let them off early every so
> > often because of a water leak at their workshop).
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