How To Write A Winning Resumé As A Developer

October 11th, 2017

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By Mary Walton, 10x Guest Writer

When you’re trying to secure your dream position at your next developer firm, or if you’re considering applying to be represented by an agency like 10x Management, one of the first things you need to do is send in your resumé. This is an essential part of any recruitment process and will likely be your first chance to make an impression.

Today’s technology has made traditional resumés a relic of the past, being replaced by glossy PDFs, websites and LinkedIn profiles. So how do you create the right resumé that’s going to make you stand out from the crowd? Check out the tips below.

Maintain Your LinkedIn Profile

In the business world, especially with developers, more and more companies are looking at your LinkedIn profile. This means you’ll need to keep it up-to-date and professional. Try and follow relevant people in your developer industry and share content that matters to you. This will  show your employer that you like to stay up-to-date with current affairs,  while forcing you to stay relevant  and making connections.

Joan Cooper, a resume editor, continues;

“LinkedIn is becoming such an important part of the business world. When you’re writing your resume, check out your company’s LinkedIn page for an idea of their culture and for an idea of what sort of language they use so you can relate. You could also check out their Facebook page for more ideas. Be sure to follow them!”

Tailor Your Resumé for Each Job

Each job you apply for needs a specially tailored resume. If you’re applying for five jobs, you need five resumés. This doesn’t mean that you’ll have to start from scratch, but you’ll need to edit it, so it matches what your potential employers are looking for.

This means changing which order you list certain aspects of your resume, the language that you use and the overall format. One company may be looking for a highly experienced individual for which you’ll need to go into immense detail in your experience section. Other companies may be looking for someone with the right skills, so you’ll need to tailor your skills to suit this.

Always Include a Cover Letter

You can’t rely on your resumé to secure you the job. If your competition for the job has included a cover letter and you haven’t, they are already one step ahead of you. Make sure you write a custom cover letter for every job application.

Try to Keep the Length of Your Resumé to One Page

As a rule of thumb, a resumé should never extend over one page. If your resumé is too long, the recruiter will never get to the end of it, and your application will likely be dismissed.

Always Stay Up-To-Date

In the world of tech, having updated profiles on social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter goes a long way to increase relevance to any employer. At 10x Management, part of our vetting process involves taking a look at how engaging social profiles are. More engagement indicates more effort to be a part of the conversation.

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