Remember the days when finding a job meant scouring the town for “now hiring” signs? The days of paper applications and snail-mailing out your cover letter?
Nowadays, a job search isn’t that simple, especially for programmers. You need to get noticed. It all starts with an impressive resume, plus a strong online and offline profile, and more time than ever before.
Your resume is the employer’s first impression of you until he or she meets you. And if the first impression isn’t a positive one, you might not get a second chance for that coding job you want.
At Coding Dojo, we offer career development support to all students and alumni to help them achieve career goals because we know it’s a life-long process. When it comes to your resume, here are six of our resume tips to help you get noticed:
- Include a thorough technical summary.
Your technical summary should contain every technology that you know and can confidently discuss. When a hiring manager is scouring job boards for candidates like you, these terms are often what they use! What’s more important is to organize this section so it makes sense to someone without a technical background, by organizing it into subcategories.
- Be impactful when describing projects.
When describing your projects, focus on ownership and positive impacts. Describe specifically what you contributed if it was a team effort. Your projects are proof of your skills, so be bold with these statements!
- Avoid listing mundane tasks.
When describing past roles and projects, avoid listing tasks that were maintenance items, and focus more on highlighting ownership, implementation, and improvements. Include specific metrics to prove your positive impacts when you have them.
- Include links to your online profiles and projects.
If your resume’s reader wants to dig a little deep and look further into your background, give him or her a place to navigate! Within your header, be sure to link to your LinkedIn, GitHub and/or portfolio. If you feel comfortable doing so, include links to your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or Snapchat as well to enhance your online branding. And within your projects section, include links to the projects in case your resume’s reader wants to view the projects firsthand.
- Be brief and concise.
Hiring managers are extremely busy and typically only have around ten seconds to read a single resume, so be brief and impactful with each of your bullets. Lengthy paragraphs and run-on sentences will go unread, so exercise succinctness. Keep in mind that you only have a short amount of time to make a positive impression, so be focused on every statement you include.
- Avoid going over the top.
When trying to make an impression on an employer, it’s tempting to embellish. But by embellishing your skills and work experience, you risk acquiring a reputation as a dishonest candidate. And it won’t take long for a hiring manager or engineer to suspect that you embellished if you can’t back up all the claims you made on paper.
Take the Next Step
You can get more resume tips and career advice from Coding Dojo’s Career Services team. To find out more, visit https://www.codingdojo.com/onsite-boot-camp and then schedule a campus visit or fill out an application!