Now is a good time to update my resume (cv), and I’m having a little difficulty in figuring out the best way to present it. The classic “say what you did for the employer” tends to assume that your involvement in projects is bounded by your employment, but that’s not always the case. For example, I’ve chaired technical committees and been involved with conference organisation for time periods that overlapped both employers and being self-employed. For example, I chaired the XML Conference from 2001 to 2005, working for (in chronological order) SoftQuad Software, my own consulting firm, and Sun Microsystems. It’s the overlapping time periods that I’m having difficulty in figuring out how to present. I guess I could go to a pure project-based resume, except for, some of what I did was on behalf of a particular employer and thus was bounded within that time period.
I can’t imagine I’m the only person with this issue; anyone contributing to open source software over a period of time has it, as well as people who volunteer at other organisations in their spare time. How do others present what they’ve done in a way that suitably highlights the important stuff?