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Developers CV: GitLab or LinkedIn?

Dear Reader,

Every since “Social Coding” became a thing and GitLab and that other social coding site opened up, developers around the world have been asking “GitLab or LinkedIn for my CV/Resume?”

I now present you with the definitive answer to this question.


Github, or your favorite social coding site is absolutely necessary for a developer. You have to have a profile and you have to have some public examples of your code that potential employers can look at.

Hiring managers look at your work and look for things like

  • Advanced concepts (depending on the level of job you are applying for)
  • Coding style
  • Style consistency
  • Application of Best Practices

They may also pick out one or two bits of code to discuss with you in the interview.

  • Why did you code it this way?
  • What were the requirements of the project?
  • Did it cause you any unintended consequences?

Your answers help them understand how you code. Your entire social coding repo will help them understand you are a developer.

There is more to you than your ability to code, though. Your social coding profile can’t show everything. That’s why you also need a traditional resume/CV.

Your LinkedIn profile shows things that your social coding profile cannot. Things like:

  • Career Progression
  • Time at each job
  • Range of companies you’ve worked for.
  • Extra curricular activities (e.g. hobbies)

All of these are just as important as your social programming profile.

Show potential employers that you are a well rounded software developer by making sure you have both a social coding profile and a LinkedIn profile. Help them discover this by cross-linking them.

Until next time,
I <3 |<


p.s. yes, it has occurred to me that Microsoft owns both LinkedIn and that other social coding platform.  Kinda scares me a little.