Deep-link to Github: Make your resume stand out

Many software engineering resumes, cover letters, and job applications now include links to personal Github repositories, which is great. For software developers, this is your portfolio. Unfortunately, though, it’s hard to find the important information there — most projects have layers of directories, boilerplate code, and lots of stuff written by other people. It’s not useful to see that you were able to generate scaffolding for a Rails app.

There has to be a better way.

I have a suggestion: Deep link to a few highlights inside your Github repo — files or changesets that show off some of your best code or design work. Take the reader right to the good stuff.

To show an example from my own (admittedly sparse, out-of-date) github…

This is ok:

https://github.com/jtyler

But this is better:

https://github.com/jtyler/jquery_coordinates/blob/master/jquery.coordinates.js

Choose carefully to show off your best work!