5 Tips for a Developer’s CV

When it comes to job hunting, your CV is paramount. Get it right, and you’ll have an interview in no time, but get it wrong, and you may face rejection after rejection. Although there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for the perfect CV, it should always be clearly formatted and short enough for a recruiter to scan quickly – and most importantly – tailored to the role that you’re applying for.

Our recruiter Kateryna Bilkovets shared 5 quick tips for a developer’s CV, that you should pay attention to.


General content

Let’s start from the basics: the CV of any technical expert should include the following information:

Contacts:

  • email
  • phone number
  • Skype or Telegram
  • link to a LinkedIn profile if you have one

Experience:

  • workplace
  • period of work
  • the position
  • description of the project/s (1-2 sentences)
  • your responsibilities
  • stack of technologies

It is important that the employer understands the specifics of your projects, and how long and what technologies you have been working with.

Education:

  • university and period of study
  • courses or internships

Do not indicate the languages ​​that you speak at an elementary level, mention only the ones you are able to speak at Upper-Intermediate, Advanced levels.

What about the details? Let’s start with the dates.

Dates

When mentioning the periods of work, indicate the month – mm.yyyy. Because if it’s written like: 2016-2018, 2018-until now – it is not clear how long have you been working in each workplace.

Date format. Make it the same at each workplace you mention.

So don’t do it like this:

  • Jan 2018 – until now
  • 03.2016 – 01.2018
  • 09/2014 – 02/2016

Instead, do it like this:

  • Jan 2018 – until now
  • Mar 2016 – Jan 2018
  • Sep 2014 – Feb 2016

Your most recent job should go first on your resume, because your experience as a laboratory assistant at the university in 2005 may not be as relevant as the information about the project and the stack of technologies you are currently working with 🙂

Company description

The next important part is the description of the company/project. In this part, you should write specifically who you worked for.

Here are the most common mistakes you should avoid:

  • Do not copy the description of the company from DOU or its official website. This information can be easily found and it does not provide any key information for potential employers
  • Do not list your duties in this part. You will provide a detailed description of Responsibilities
  • Do not confess your love for the company 🙂 It overloads the resume. If you really want to, you can write on your LinkedIn profile how cool everything was and that it was your pleasure to work there.

What to write about?

Talk about the product itself, give a specific definition.

Example:

  • OilTracker – an ERP system for collecting data from oil towers
  • They wrote chat-bots to collect data from profile groups about current candidates
  • If it was a service company, write what services were provided.

Example:

A web hosting company that provides data placement services for the three leading Scandinavian marketplaces.

If you worked for multiple projects within a single company and some of them were similar to each other, please describe only the largest and most interesting ones. The main thing is that the projects have to be from different domains. This way, you will demonstrate your multifaceted experience.

Technologies stack

Technologies are often the most important part of a resume. And for developers, it’s certainly the key factor. How should you describe your skills so that recruiters and employers can confidently say “Yes, that’s exactly what we are looking for!”?

  • Summarize the entire technology stack in the Summary on the top of your CV. It is desirable to group them into categories: programming languages, frameworks, databases, etc.
  • Also, indicate the key technologies you used at each workplace. Therefore it will be clear how long you have been working with each technology and tool.
  • Do not write everything with lowercase letters and be sure to follow the original spelling format. That is, not testng or Testng, but TestNG; not Teamcity, but TeamCity. This way the technology is more noticeable in the text, and at the same time, the resume looks neat and does not look like a draft.

Photo

Including a photo in your resume is an optional component. But if you have already decided to add it, remember that it creates the first impression of you. So here are a few tips on resume photos.

  • Consider the size of the photo and its resolution. It should not be blurred or cut from another photo, where you are barely visible. And photoshop here is not a universal cure. The size should also be about 4×5. Be sure that it does not occupy a third of the page, but also that you are clearly visible.
  • Pay attention to the background. Travel tracks, pillars, repair work on roads, other people close-up, etc. All this creates a feeling of chaos. Better get off at the park in sunny weather, smile kindly and do some selfie. You will get a good photo with great emotion.
  • For this type of picture, wear something casual. This is a professional document, dressing too informal will be inappropriate here.
  • In general, if you have the opportunity and desire, use the services of a professional photographer. You need to have 1-2 high-quality photos which you can use for your presentations, resume, and even a working messenger. Lifehack: You can get a professional photo for free if you are a speaker. At events like these, there is always a photo reporter.

So, strive for beauty and harmony.

Good luck to you!

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