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As recruiters, what do you want to see on a GitHub profile readme ?

Hello !

I wanted to know what information would be relevant to make life easier for recruiters when they are analyzing a GitHub profile !

What are you looking for ?

Thank you :)

Top comments (4)

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Matthew Schwartz

As a hiring manager I go to someone's Github profile to see which projects they've contributed to, what role they played, and the scope and quality of their work.

  • Do the projects correlate in any way to the work they'd be doing at my company? Are they solving similar problems as they would run into working for me?
  • Are they fixing bugs or implementing whole features?
  • Are they contributing in other ways to projects, e.g. coordinating tasks or answering support tickets?

Of course beyond the profile I look into the quality of code commits and documentation, etc.

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ItsASine (Kayla)

It's probably too new for there to be actual trends, but I'd say treat it like any other portfolio

I can see Github profiles going two ways:

  1. A way to describe your open source contributions and what you're learning ("these are my goals")
  2. A way to describe your skills and what you've done that shows what you can contribute ("these are my accomplishments")

Either way, that fits the use case of a portfolio. Showing your value to a company vs showing your value to the open-source community isn't inherently different. Mine's full of gifs either way :)

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Freddy Montes

I mostly hire Frontend Developer so I would like to see:

  1. Links to demos, codepens, etc...
  2. Description of the work done in the projects
  3. Tools used
  4. Community involvement
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Swastik Baranwal

I think its their open source activity and projects.