While a professional portfolio is a great way to showcase your skills and talents to potential employers, a web developer still needs a resume that showcases their skills and experience in order to land crucial job interviews. .
What is a web developer resume for? It fills in the blanks for the recruiter and/or hiring manager. It should highlight or explain things that aren’t always apparent from your work samples, such as your area of specialization, the types of challenges you’ve solved, your aptitude for teamwork, and your role progression. More importantly, it should also show the value you can provide, through the results you’ve achieved (which can also help when negotiating a web developer salary).
In this guide, we’ll cover the main steps in creating an effective web developer CV, as well as look at some things reviewers look for when evaluating these CVs.
Work backward to move forward
When Arno Markus creates a resume for a web developer, he’s working backwards.
A certified resume writer, CEO and founder of iCareerSolutions, Markus begins by reviewing job postings for the role the candidate wishes to pursue. It then matches the content of the CV to the main requirements of the position and ensures that it contains enough keywords to pass the application tracking systems and the scrutiny of non-technical examiners (who may not be familiar with the nuances of the position).
Starting with a career goal or a personal vision of the future also allows her to create a resume focused on the future, not the past. “Resumes should be geared towards the job you want, not the jobs you’ve had,” Markus explained.
Create a resume that showcases your potential and qualifications starts in the profile section, with a title that matches your dream job. Follow that with a strong personal brand statement and a brief summary that lets employers know who you are, why you’re qualified, and the value you provide. Finally, conclude with a list of key strengths, including knowledge, skills, competencies, and talents.
“The headline and brand statement should support the work you aspire to,” Markus said. The actual profile should be no longer than five lines and focus on high-level accomplishments and your strengths, not granular details, he continued. Here is an example for an aspiring candidate for a senior web developer or tech lead position:
Senior .Net Developer
OPTIMIZE PERFORMANCE AS A STRATEGIC WEB DESIGNER AND DEVELOPER
Strategic and creative website developer delivering high impact websites while serving as both developer and technical lead. Leverage strong technical acumen to find strategic solutions, solve complex problems and improve operational efficiency. In-depth exposure to cutting-edge web development technologies, software development, and project management, while consistently meeting tight deadlines. Lead dynamic teams to maximize resultss.
Website design and maintenance
Revenue and profit growth
training and DEVELOPMENT
Provide relevant success stories
Maximize space and provide context for your accomplishments by providing a brief high-level overview of each position in your work history section, detailing the main duties, responsibilities and scope of the position as well as tools and technologies essentials that you have used.
Rather than providing a long list of projects for each position, focus on the examples of your work that have been the most impactful or challenging, but also showcase your mastery of essential skills and expertise that fit the specifications of your target position.
“Create an addendum if you want to highlight additional projects or add additional work examples to your LinkedIn profile, where you have more room to show off your professional talents,” Markus advised. This way you have the flexibility to provide more details, if any, without overwhelming the reviewers.
To be successful, you need to stand out from the competition. How? Resumes today should be “results-oriented” rather than task-oriented. Emphasize the impact of your work by working backwards, again. Start each bullet or statement with the result you got in bold followed by the “how to”: the tasks, activities, best practices and tools you used to get the result. (In other words, the reverse of the popular Situation, Action, Result, or SAR format.)
Also, be sure to start each statement or sentence with a powerful verb. Markus has provided the following examples (you can see the full CV example here.)
Universal Technical Resource Services, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ (Gov Ctr) 2015 – Present
Created and executed the very first feature allowing efficient tracking of individual users visiting applications on a new server configuration; this was achieved by extracting user information from server headers and storing the content in the user object in the applications session pipeline.
Design of the Oracle JSF application in collaboration with team members while having little experience in the front-end framework; quickly acquired knowledge about the framework through extensive research to achieve the desired results, generate great customer satisfaction and earn a $10,000 raise.
Streamlined operations by improving the ability to track projects through the TFS portal using Git; studied the TFS web portal for a successful project management solution.
Led the conversion of Oracle Java/JSF Trinidad application to ASP.NET MVC leverage advanced expertise in REST API web services; train team members in .Net MVC usage and concepts; converted Oracle JSF/Java to Bootstrap 4 ASP .NET MVC application with an API layer.
Final Tips and Features of an Effective Web Developer Resume
To further showcase and validate your web development skills, provide a summary and links to a collection of your most relevant work samples, portfolios, apps, and websites just below your work history.
Provide a skills inventory or toolkit: Provide a summary of your skills by category (such as operating systems, client-side, server-side, developer tools, database, etc.) and show how you applied them in your work experience summary.
Align your LinkedIn profile with your goals and CV: Whether they initially view your online profile or look at your CV first, potential employers will consider several sources of information before deciding to move forward with interviews. That’s why your resume and online profiles should complement each other and highlight specific qualities, skills, work samples, and affiliations that support your career goals.
Be sure to include hot certifications and courses: You should include formal education as well as top certifications and courses that demonstrate expertise in foundational or advanced skills and a passion for lifelong learning. (Also, more specialization and skills will allow you to potentially negotiate a higher salary.)
Match the job description: To capture the attention of both automated and human reviewers, make simple edits/customizations to match the job description requirements and your area of expertise, before hitting “Send”. Better yet, use a free tool like Jobscan or Resume Worded to compare your resume to a specific job description, make changes, add the right keywords, and bypass applicant tracking systems.