Informal vs. Formal - Experience
Does informal experience count as much as formal experience on a resume. I can't seem to get much formal experience, but I sure have a lot of informal, do it yourself, type experience. Why would one rate higher than the other? and how the heck do you get formal experience when you can't get a job? Does informal/formal experience count as much as a degree? (I do have a degree.)
If you lasso up as all those jobs where you don't hide by yourself in a basement talking to yourself on a computer all day as Formal, then it's better to say that formal experience is important. Programming is not just about completing the maze as a really intelligent mouse--it's a lot of people work. You have to deal with clients in presale. Deal with account managers. Deal with your boss and your bosses' boss. There's arguments you hvae to resolve. There's perceptions of professionalism you have to maintain. It's hard work. And if your informal experience gives you none of that then you should be concerned. However if what you mean by informal really means volunteering for non-profits and schools and you actually obligate yourself to show up and deal with people and you can actually put this down on your resume then that has value.
A resume gets you an interview not a job and a degree is no proof of intelligence.
Umm. I think I agree with the above but for different reasons. If I managed an IT software environment I would not have my programmers dealing with clients and sales managers, I'd have them dealing with project managers and analysts and code and themselves. However, experience shows me that you get project managers and analysts and bosses who have little clue and if they see a programmer who has some people skills (or heck, even if not) they will, in their hurry to push the project out of their hair, connect you with the customer. Often times they may think they should be able to give you requirements you can code from and they'll try and do it themselves and you'll try and code from the mish mash they give you but in the end you'll have to meet with the customer (internal or external) eventually to straighted the whole thing out.
Li-fan Chen, that's one way of distinguishing between formal and informal experience. You describe informal as hiding in a basement, and formal as dealing with people.
Me And The View Out The Window
Is this informal or format?
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