I would like to revamp my resume to reflect several off-job, personal projects I have worked on in my spare time, and their associated technologies.
While I think this can't be a bad idea, I am unsure what the best format to incorporate it would be since my resume (like most) outlines paid jobs in the descending chronological order.
I am also interested in hearing feedback on how seriously such experience is taken. In my experience of talking with recruiters and hiring managers, they were mostly in contempt of any experience not gained in a formal, professional setting. The vibe I was getting was that they were looking more that such opportunity be given to you by a formal employer to work on something cool and if you just started something on your own initiative, well that's not serious enough. Or something to that effect. Then again, the area where I live is filled with relatively rigid standards of obsolete style of conservative professionalism (i.e. is not Silicon Valley) -- you can be really smart but if you don't conform to the look and feel of the environment, it is hard to make it.
What is the best way to advertise off-job relevant technical qualifications?