[hackerspaces] hackerspaces on resumes

Far McKon farmckon at gmail.com
Wed Jan 25 07:48:05 CET 2012

> Some of the people who don't like the word 'hacker' might be people
> who are looking at your resume.  The people who do the first-pass look
> at your resume might be totally different from the people who
> interview you, who might be totally different from your coworkers.

I think (sadly) in a some cases the above advice is good. If you want
a simple 'keep your head down, mind your own business, pay the bills'
job, avoiding the word 'hacker' might be the right thing to do though.

If you want to be a 'maker' or a 'tinkerer' or a 'community workshop'
that is awesome too!   If a company see the word 'hacker' and throws
your resume in the trash because of it, they are going to be so
incompetent they will drive you mad as an employee.  You make consider
'hackerspace' or 'hacker' as a reverse-filter. It may be a way to
filter out the places that are so inane or thoughtless that you would
not want to work there anyway.

However  Some people* like the word 'Hacker.'   Some people* reading
your resume may have asked HR to put hacker-resume's at the top of the
inbox.* Some people* work at places** where not only the founders, but
most department heads,  are members of hackerspace(s)

<Blatant self-promotion. cover your eyes! >
Some places** send their hackers to things like MakerFaire, CCC, or
DIY events for fun, education, and recruiting
Some people* are hiring Linux dev's, EE's, C/C++/QT hackers, network
devs,  and other classes of awesome smart people that get things done
Some people* can accept resume's via the 'yet-unposted position' link
of http://www.makerbot.com/jobs/
Some Places** love  github, sourceforge, hack-a-day or bitbucket links
to be impressed with!
</ blatant self-promotion. Apologies to everyone offended. >

Hack on,
- Far McKon

* by 'some people' I mean me.
** By places I mean MakerBot. aka 'that 3d printer place under
NYCResistor hackerspace in Brooklyn'

http://www.FarMcKon.net "Creatively Maladjusted"

On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 5:10 PM, William Macfarlane <wmacfarl at gmail.com> wrote:
> If you have reason to imagine that the company you're applying to has
> sufficient division of labor that an uninformed HR person who you
> won't be working with once you actually have the job (who could
> certainly be a thoughtless asshole) might read "hackerspace" and think
> "nefarious criminal enterprise",  you might want to avoid putting
> "hackerspace" on your resume.  Might consider, also, calling it a
> "community workshop" on your resume and then calling it a hackerspace
> when you get to your interview where you are presumably talking to at
> least some of the people who you might work with every day.
> Or you might not.
> shrug.
> On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 4:33 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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