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CV Tips for Programmers and Developers

Resumes for software developers and programmers are inherently different from resumes for other jobs. Developing the perfect template is hard for any job, but the right CV could catch the attention of the tech giant or happening startup you seek to join.

Highlight your skills at the very beginning

Prospective employers are only interested in hiring you if your skill set matches the requisite skill set and this is what they will immediately look for. Highlight your relevant experience, to begin with, and list out all the languages you know. There’s a high probability that prospective employers will not look at anything beyond this, so there is no point in listing what extra-curricular activities you took part in high school at the top of the list.

Skip career objectives and summary

Leave out statements such as ‘dedicated pro with the desire to learn’ and ‘skilled candidate seeking to make a name for himself/herself’ as they add zero value to the resume and distract the hiring manager from the key parts of your resume. Putting statements like this at the onset of your resume is a terrible idea as it will likely lead to your resume getting tossed aside without a second thought even if you have the right skill set and experience.

List your education in the middle or the end

As a software developer, education is less important than skill set or relevant experience as there is only so much the school can teach you. Of course, you should list your education at the top if you have gone to a top overseas University such as MIT in Boston, but otherwise, it does not really make much of a difference. Good showings in hackathons and other related events are often far more important for a prospective software employer than education.

Resume should not be longer than a page (or two at most)

Your resume should never be longer than a page unless you really cannot help it. You could separate your single page resume into two columns to ensure that you can fit in more information, but be careful to avoid packing the page with too many paragraphs if this is the case. There is nothing HR people hate more than long winded resumes, so you should take care to delete all irrelevant details before sending your resume across.

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