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Writing a resume as a web developer can feel like a real challenge. How can you get across everything you’re able to do in such a small space, in just words? There are ways to do it, if you’re creative. Here are some of the best tips for getting your experience across to a recruiter.
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Focus On The Results
As a developer, the results may not be your immediate focus. You’re most interested in typography, user experience, and so on. However, in a resume, you need to show how your work has impacted your employer. Find out what the results of your work are. Did you bring in more traffic? Did your ideas lead to an increase in sales? The more you can show that you’ve improved a site, the better.
These results can be collected into a section of your resume, where you highlight your achievements. This is a great way to make you stand out from the other applicants, and show that you can do the same for a new employer.
Pay Attention To Your Layout
“As a developer, the layout of your resume is crucial,” says resume editor Raymond King from >Ox Essays. “After all, if you can’t show that you can lay out a document correctly, then you won’t be hired to lay out the recruiter’s website.”
Put thought into how you set your resume out. Like a website, you’ll want to use plenty of white space, and use subheadings to group sections together. Also, use bullet points where appropriate to sum up information. Remember, you don’t need to include your whole life story in your resume. You just need to stick to the most important facts.>
Keep It Short
You may feel as though you need to pack your resume full of all the experience you have, but remember that you need to keep it short. Recruiters see hundreds of resumes every day, and they don’t have time to drill down into yours, looking for what they need.
The optimal length for a resume is one page. If you really want to bring some of your experience to the reader’s attention, sum it up in your resume and then highlight it in your cover letter.
Get Help With The Proofreading
Every resume you send out should be proofread, and sometimes you could need help with it. After all, you’ve got to ensure that everything in your resume is correct before you submit it. If you think you could use some help, try using professional proofreading services, such as >Resume Service and >Paper Fellows. You can also ask a trusted friend to look over your resume for you. Whoever you choose, they’ll be able to see errors that you may have missed. As the writer, you’re very close to the document and you’ll know what you meant when you wrote it.
Don’t Be Afraid To Play With The Design
While you should be paying attention to your layout, don’t be afraid to play with the style. Some web developers choose to create typographic resumes, others create bold resumes with a solid colour background. If you can make it look good, then consider doing something a bit different. It’ll certainly help you stand out, and it’ll show recruiters a little bit about what you can do. After all, a picture paints a thousand words.
These tips are all designed to help you get the most out of your resume. As a developer, you want to show that you’re qualified for the job, and that can come across both in the content and the presentation of your resume. Put these tips to use and get that job!