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The first step to finding exceptional work is building a resume that gets you interview-most seasoned job hunters know this fact well. The web-developer jobs growth rate has hit double digits, but unfortunately, some techniques used for writing traditional resumes do not work for web developer resumes.

Hiring managers are extremely busy, and it is essential that a resume grabs their attention instantly.

So, how can you tailor your resume for that web developer job and land an interview? The techniques presented below can help you make your resume stand out while looking for a developer position.

1.  Create a Skills Section

Hiring managers want to see your skill set upfront without having to scan your entire resume to understand whether your meet their minimum requirements.

While an “experience” section provides a hiring manager an idea about what your development experiences have been in the past, a “skills” section states your capabilities upfront. It is a good idea to have a skills section at the top of your resume to help the hiring manager understand your abilities.

One drawback of placing a skills section on top of your resume is drawing attention to skills that may have been overlooked otherwise. Nevertheless, it is a great way to make sure that the hiring manager has complete comprehension of your skill set at the onset.

2.   Add Interesting Details

You have developed data-heavy websites or applications, but just enumerating these on your resume is not very interesting to read. Make sure that you create a storyline around your experiences, and explain in-depth any constraints or exceptional circumstances that you have experienced while working on various projects.

Ensure that your unique experiences are adequately highlighted in your resume.

To make your resume stand out, you need to make sure that the hiring manager understands all aspects of your experiences including special or unique circumstances.

3.   Spell-Check to Eliminate Grammatical, Spelling and Formatting Errors

Nothing spells unprofessional more than a resume with glaring spelling and grammar mistakes! Web development work does contain some strange acronyms and oddly spelled words. Apart from these special words, there is entirely no reason that your resume should have any grammatical or spelling mistakes.

This tip seems so generic, yet it is crucial to ensure that your resume is not set aside just because you did not check your spellings and grammar. Make sure to proofread your resume a couple of times before you send it out. This will help you weed out mistakes that might have gone unnoticed while writing it.

On a similar note, formatting your resume correctly can ensure better readability. Use a font that the reader can see clearly on a screen and one that prints well too.

Typically, fonts like Arial, Calibri, Tahoma, and Helvetica work well for resumes. Also, it is preferable not to use fonts such as “Comic Sans” anywhere on your resume. Keep enough space between lines and paragraphs to ensure that the text is easy to read.

4.  List Education Last

Unless you are fresh out of college and trying to enter the job market, it is best to list your education last. Your educational qualifications need to be on your resume, but please list them last.

While some hiring managers do place more importance on educational qualifications, most are looking for your skills and experience and how this can transfer to their organization.

In general, it’s a good idea to list your education and certifications in the end.

5. Get to the Point, Fast!

Traditional resumes contain a lot of information that might not be useful to a hiring manager looking for web developers. Two such sections are “objective” and “summary.”

When it comes to programming, there is no way to summarize your development experience to be correct yet shorter than the resume itself. So, it doesn’t make much sense to have this section on your resume.

Also, the relevance of the objective is primarily to inform the hiring manager whether you want to continue in the same field as before.

But if you want to change gears and venture into something that you haven’t been doing in the past, then it’s a good idea to state that in your objective. Unless this is the case, it makes sense to skip this section. 

6.  Maintain the Resume Length between Two and Four Pages

Regardless of how much information you need to add in your resume, ensure that the length is between two and four pages.

The only exception is for people doing contract work (which might warrant longer resumes) or individuals just entering the job market (in this case the resume can be shorter).

In traditional one-page resumes, it is challenging to highlight all your development experience in-depth. A minimum of a two-page resume is needed for a mid to senior level position, but anything longer than four pages can make it tedious to read.

Also, using some white space in the resume can provide visual relief to the reader and not make them feel like they are drowning in information.

 7.  Be Careful about Legal Risks

Any hiring manager will be averse to being accused of discrimination or unethical practices. For this reason, good hiring managers will be familiar with a list of questions that they are not supposed to ask applicants. You also need to be mindful of these risks and exclude this information from your resume.

Typically, a hiring manager does not need to have details about your age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, and ethnicity. Including these details in your resume can make the hiring manager feel on edge. It is recommended that you leave these features out of your resume.

8.   Display Your Hobbies and Inner Geek Gracefully

Hiring managers are interested in your hobbies and extracurricular activities only if they are relevant to the job.

For instance, a hiring manager may not be interested in knowing which sports team you support, but it might be interesting for them to know if you have written an article about an upcoming technology somewhere.

It is an excellent idea to showcase some outside learning to the hiring manager rather than showing them that you switch your brain off as soon as you get home. It is important to highlight that your work is important enough to you that you read or experiment to showcase your engagement and involvement.

Also, do include something that can be a point of discussion during the interview. Have you made something interesting like a hovercraft? Include that on your resume! It highlights your inner geek albeit gracefully.

These tips will surely help you create a unique resume that set you up with a string of interviews. While these techniques seem intuitive, it is astonishing how many people overlook these factors. Incorporating these changes in your resume can make the difference between having it set aside or getting an interview call.

So, all the best for your job search with your new, improved resume that is sure to “wow” hiring managers!


Written By
Elizabeth Heron is an HR manager who oversees the execution of the company’s internal strategy. She helps employees to find their career goals and motivates them through the process of reaching the ideal job. Elizabeth contributes regularly to iResumeCoverLetter.com, where you will find tips, advice, step-by-step tutorials and resume / cover letter samples for you to use for free.

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