Original question from Quora:

Is the badge “most viewed writer” on Quora, a résumé-worthy item?

My Answer:

I doubt it. I don’t think the value in answering Quora questions is in building your resume. Also, I don’t think it’s a great signal to potential employers.

However, there is a lot of value in contributing to Quora. Most obviously, it is great to help people. Answering questions is a very low risk way to help make someone else’s life better.

The other thing is, if you are a highly viewed writer, you could potentially use that to do a great many things. For example, you could build up your following on this site, you could promote your own website, and otherwise cross promote your online activity.

Also, resume building in itself is not a bad thing, but there is a lot more to furthering your career than bullet points in a resume. The only purpose of a resume is to get you in an interview. It doesn’t get you the job.

So, don’t think of Quora as a way to get you a job. Think of it as a way to help people. If you help enough people, you shouldn’t have a problem getting a job. As Zig Ziglar said, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”

-Brian

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