I have been tinkering with Pivot graphs over the past year to present expertise held by us programmers. It’s not easy to represent expertise and experience of a programmer over time because we accrue so much obtuse knowledge. The end result will likely be a 3D environment representing platforms, frameworks, programming languages, projects and positions over time. When filling out the programming language database, I came across more than 400 but will likely stick to the major ones for starters.
I am of the opinion that resumes are absolutely useless. Having hired so many Web workers, I know that they are hardly accurate. As a polymath overachiever with a short attention span, my cv is full of awesome experiences in so many areas which leaves recruiters bewildered. Not having applied for a job in years, I don’t have a recent resume. When pressed by event organizers or head hunters for one I lazily supply them with my LinkedIn profile. Who has time to update a resume?
But recently I was inspired by David McCandless to do a simple visual resume of my experience over the past 16 years based on activities and responsibilities with a little extra thrown in. While it’s a very partial and succinct listing of my experience, I like how tidy it turned out.
The CV was created with MS Excel and screen grabbed into a graphic software. I briefly fantasized about doing this in HTML5 :P