This probably isn't the right place to ask this, but I don't know where else to ask. Okay so I have seen a lot of strange questions here in SE (and ELL Meta), and this is my turn to ask one.
I have been a member at the English Language Learners (ELL) SE for 2 years and 8 months. During this time, I have asked questions (77) and answered some too (219). I was wondering what is the best way to mention my ELL contributions in my cover letter or resume (CV).
Okay I get it. This is ludicrous; unheard of (maybe not for SO developers/contributors). But I don't have a lot of great things I can write about in my CV. And I have put in the time in the ELL community.
Recently, some of the jobs that I have applied to asked for "strong written communication skills". So here is a summary bullet point I drafted to talk about that:
- Strong written communication skills acquired through developing project reports, briefing materials, and monthly newsletters; actively editing works of ESL learners; and providing writing advice on ESL forums.
What I am trying to do here is say that I can communicate effectively with a target/technical audience about my research work, and that I can explain things (in writing) clearly to a broader audience consisting of non-native speakers of the language. The second part is doing a poor job of saying that I am able to write in a way that ESL speakers understand (i.e., the ability to explain things in simple terms to a non-technical audience).
The important thing here is that, over the last 3 years, my writing skills have improved. And one reason for that is writing regularly in ELL. There is this saying: "Have a diary. Write a little everyday." Writing in ELL, I feel, has a similar effect. And I am actually learning about English language while doing that and not wasting time writing about how someone broke my heart.
Here is my question: How do I leverage my time spent in ELL and my contributions to indicate that my written communication is not horrible? Is there a way I can specifically mention "English Language Learners Stack Exchange" instead of the generic "ESL forums"?
I am not looking to mention reputation points as that is not my focus. My technical writing skill will be judged through my research work. My contributions to the ELL community (IMO) would be a good way to demonstrate that I can communicate with people in general, write emails, prepare presentations, have a conversation with colleagues, delegate tasks, clearly explain to someone what I need from them, ask questions, etc. Employers can easily know if I can write well about issues in my field, but writing a report is not the only kind of communication.