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Web Developer Resume Samples and Tips
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Here are a few guidelines to take you through writing a resume for a web developer. For graphic designer resumes, click here.
Web developers are aware that their craft is as artistic as it is technical. As with a piece of art or design, the work that you produce is obviously indicative of your talent, skill, motivation, and ability.
Creating a website that is visually appealing, technically sound, and easily navigable is challenging, and requires a lot of flexibility and creativity.
Here are a few questions you should be asking yourself before getting started on your resume.
1. Do you have a portfolio? The artistic nature of web development lends itself to creating an online portfolio. Hiring managers will want to see the work that you’ve produced, either for other companies, or for side projects that you feel comfortable sharing. Many web developers have their own websites where they host their portfolios, so that they can easily link them to prospective clients. You can see an amalgam of 40 web designer portfolios here.
2. What are your skills, specifically? Web developers should have skills in:
- Server/Client side architecture
- Programming/Coding/Scripting in one of the many server-side frameworks (at least one of: Perl, Python, Ruby, PHP, CFML - ColdFusion, Java, ASP, .NET, .NET MVC)
- Ability to utilize a database
You may be more proficient in some of these tools than others, as a natural outgrowth of your coursework, professional experience, or side projects. Obviously, having a wide range of skills would be a bonus for your resume. However, having a deep expertise in any of the given programming languages – especially heavily used ones – may be more preferable if you are looking to work for a company that exclusively uses a single language for their website.
For instance, since Drupal is written in PHP, a web company using Drupal would not be looking to hire someone who was an expert in ASP, which is now considered an older programming language.
Be careful with your skills section. Jared Moore, a professional web developer responsible for hiring in his company, writes this:
"I look for the skills section to be reflected in work history. If he says he knows Java but cannot show any work in it, either professional or personal, I question it."
3. How skilled are you? Companies looking to hire web developers follow a single rule – one good developer is better than ten bad ones. Designing and coding a website, especially a complicated one that requires heavy security and payments, requires a lot of complex coding logic. Sometimes, language that can be written in a couple steps will be written by a low-quality coder in ten, leading to slower loading times, server stress, and generally poor service.
Therefore, hiring managers will be searching for evidence in your resume that you are a competent coder. Generally, they will do so by scanning through your professional experience to see what kind of coding work you did.
Don’t exaggerate! The hiring manager will likely give you a test before you’re hired, to test your coding skills.
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A web developer resume will usually have the following structure:
1. Contact Details: This section should include your name, address, email, and phone number. Web developers should also include their LinkedIn profile. Many hiring managers say it is ESSENTIAL that web developers have a LinkedIn profile, as it allows them to see what skills you've been endorsed for.
2. Career Objective: Career objectives must be brief, specific and concrete. They give you an opportunity to market yourself and convince the employer that you are the best candidate for the job. Ensure you have mentioned the following;
- Previous experience related to the web developer job.
- How long you've been a web developer.
- Whether you a front end, back end, or web architect.
- What programming language you're most familiar with.
- What you intend to achieve for their company.
3. Professional Experience: This section typically includes the following:
- Names of the companies you worked for.
- City and state for each company.
- Titles/positions you held.
- Employment dates for each job.
- Duties you performed.
- A LINK to the website(s) that you developed. Do NOT forget this information -- the hiring manager will look for it.
All the above must be presented in a reverse-chronological format that is the most recent experience being placed first. This section may also include any relevant promotions obtained while at work and the reason for it including exceeding expectation in performance. Be relevant by making sure that all the listed duties match the job of a web developer.
Well-explained professional experiences will attract the hiring employer’s eye. Make sure you are honest about the experiences you have.
For more resume writing tips that can land you an interview fast, read our blog post here.
4. Education Section: This is the most straightforward section in your resume. It is always advisable to place your education section first if you have just recently graduated. However, if you have many years of experience in your career, let it come last as employers will be more interested in your experience than your education. Write the order of your schools chronologically; starting with the most recent and then working your way back.
5. Technical Skills: This section gives you a chance to list the skills you possess in addition to those mentioned in the professional experience section. A web developer could have skills like:
- Excellent written and communication skills.
- Ability to work in a collaborative, innovative, flexible and team oriented environment.
- Accredited Certifications that may not necessarily fall in the Education Section may also be included here.
- Such as: Certified Web Designer (CWD), Certified Associate Webmaster (CAW), HTML Developer Certificate, Brain-bench Certified Internet Professional.
You can consider creating two columns, one for front end skills, and another for back end skills.
Finally, don't forget to key word optimize your resume and ensure you make it past initial recruitment resume screening tools. Read more about key word optimization for resumes here.
Congratulations! With these tips, you’ve got all it takes to make the best Web Developer resume! For more useful advice on resume writing, job hunting and your career, check out our blog!