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How do include instructables activity in a resume? Answered

I'm currently unemployed and have made a few instructables. I feel like making them demonstrates various skills that an employer might desire and shows that I'm not inactive while unemployed. Having said that, how would one go about including instructables activity into a resume as a differentiating factor? Examples? Thank you!



Best Answer 6 years ago

In my experience, including Instructables in your CV (resume) is always beneficial - you can talk about:
  • extending your skill set
  • sharing your skills with others
  • working on presentation skills
  • improving communication
  • Over half your projects have been judged to be good enough to be featured by the site's Community Team
  • In only a few weeks, your projects have been read by over twenty thousand people, and continue to gain new readers.
  • you refuse to be idle; even if you are unable to get a "proper" job, you still want to keep your skills sharp and growing, and to make a positive contribution to the world around you.
As well as your resume, include an additional sheet entitled "portfolio" - Give the title of each project, a single image, a brief outline of the make, the skills you used, and anything you learned creating the project.

Is there any particular instructabler you have had a lot to do with, or who you look up to?  Consider, privately approaching them to ask them for a reference about your activities here (be aware that you will have to share personal details to get that, since a potential employer will frown upon an anonymous reference).

Everyone, thanks for replying, all of your comments were very helpful and I ended up including an Instructables.com section in my "Additional Activities" section.

Have links to your ibles in your achievements section of your resume.


6 years ago

A lot of companies have gotten into the practice of checking things like Facebook and doing Google searches to see the kind of activities an applicant is involved in. If their online presence shows a different person from the one the applicant is claiming to be then many of them are exposed as being frauds. In this case you have an online activity in a reputable community that casts a positive image. Even if it isn't totally "professional" it is a positive activity rather than a Facebook page highlighting drunken exploits. Providing them a user name to look up will be a positive step even if they don't use it as a professional reference because they will know your not trying to hide negative online activity. They may also like the fact that if your given a work computer your not going to be spending lots of company time  documenting exploits on Facebook or cruising web sites that are questionable.
I still do computer repair and I have no hesitation in giving my customers instructables web address and my user name. Some of them have even joined. It is a positive use of computer resources, a good community atmosphere, and very informative.  I would say to add it as an activity and a community service and let them draw their own conclusions as to whether the projects have merit in terms of a skill set that they are interested in. 


6 years ago

I seriously thought about this, too, because I try to get a new job (I'm still an employee at a big company, but want to change my career). My conclusion is, that my applications look like they always did to ensure that the application itself looks as professional as it can. I will mention that I do instructables if I get invited to an interview. I think that showing off my instructables could either push my application or they could make the impression that I'm not professional enough. Depending on the person reviewing my application.
As I don't know this person before an interview, the risk that putting up instructables could be misinterpreted seems too big a risk for me.
It may also depend on what job you apply for. In my case, showing off that I can express myself in English well enough to be understood (as a German), or that I know how to instruct others to do something may be a plus. But I will decide if I should get the chance to meet the addressee in person.
What I would certainly do if I were to put it in a cover letter:
Check your instructables, consider the company and job you're applying for and judge by yourself if you would appreciate the hint to your projects if you'd put yourself into the HR-Person's shoes.

I would only include them if they are presented in a truly professional quality manner. Anything less and they will detract from your resume. I often interview and hire (or not) professional artists and draftpersons and the quality of presentation of their portfolio counts as much as the content.

If your Instructable demonstrates skills that are needed for a job you are applying for, then you might want to say so in your cover letter addressed to the specific company. Spell it out for them, by saying that the job you are applying for requires an individual with specific skills, and you have demonstrated those skills in the Instructables project you authored. Give them a link to it, and hopefully they are intrigued enough to look at it.