[hackerspaces] hackerspaces on resumes

Tim Miller timmillertech at gmail.com
Tue Jan 24 22:55:43 CET 2012

I list LVL1 on my resume, but under that I list skills I have learned and
applied to things that the business can relate too. If you are ashamed of
something you are did/are doing why are you doing it.

On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM, Sam Ley <sam.ley at gmail.com> wrote:

> Al,
> No need to turn this into another "why are you ashamed of what you do"
> debate - the question is very personal and up to each person to choose how
> they answer. No right and wrong, here. I do a lot of things that could be
> considered "objectionable" to certain employers, such as being very active
> in the Burning Man community, helping to run an "edgy" art cooperative,
> having a huge mohawk, etc. I don't hide any of it, and I answer all
> questions about it honestly.
> I am a very social person, and I've never had any issues professionally
> with any of my interests or activities, but it is a fact that some people
> misunderstand things when they are written, particularly if they are
> written in a very brief manner that will be read very briefly (as in a
> Linked In profile or resume). I prefer to discuss details in person where I
> can ensure that there will be no misunderstandings. I would never work for
> someone who thought poorly of my busy non-work life, but I also want to
> make sure that people understand what I do before coming to that decision.
> Secondly, the Phoenix Asylum doesn't self-describe as a hackerspace,
> because really, we aren't. We are very close, but our members are more
> focused on structural art and kinetic art, and less on electronics and
> software (though we do have a CNC router and a Makerbot). It isn't because
> we don't want to be associated with mean 'ole hackers, just that it isn't
> the most accurate description of our daily activity. We face all the same
> issues that a more "traditional" hackerspace does (if there is such a
> thing), which is why we are here on the list with everyone else.
> I do advocate being proud of what you work on, and being honest about what
> it is and how it works. How an individual chooses to initiate that
> conversation with people, and which words they use, has no universal answer.
> -Sam
> On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 2:33 PM, Al Jigong Billings <albill at openbuddha.com
> > wrote:
>> On 1/24/12 1:31 PM, Curbob wrote:
>> > 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.
>> I'm missing something between you and Sam. Why would it be a problem
>> that you need to warn people about? Do you warn them about all of your
>> hobbies, like using sailboats on the weekends?
>>  I've got to wonder where some people work where they need to give
>> disclaimers to hiring managers and why you would want to work in such a
>> place.
>> Al
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