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According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Programmers make around $80,000 a year. As a Programmer, you write and test codes for computer and phone applications. Or, you may fix and update code. You’re the backbone of technology!
As such, you need a strong resume to show off your talents.
In this article, we’ll discuss
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The first step to drafting your resume is deciding which resume format to use. This depends on your career experience and skillset.
You have 3 main options for your resume:
Tip: only include jobs relevant to the position to which you’re applying, so leave out any former jobs that don’t fit. For example, include jobs like Web Developer, Full Stack Developer, or IT Specialist, since these relate to your field of work.
Tip: Read our advice on How to Explain Employment Gaps on a Resume.
Tip: When in doubt, choose the Reverse-Chronological resume format. For more details, check out our guide on How to Write Your Resume in Reverse-Chronological Order.
For a Programmer, hiring managers want to glance at your resume and get a sense of the following:
The best format for a Programmer is the Reverse-Chronological resume format. This is because it shows the trajectory of your career -- how you’ve grown professionally and expanded your work experience and knowledge base. Check out our advice on How to Show Your Job Promotions on a Resume for more details.
Employers spend less than 10 seconds on each resume, which means you need to capture their attention ASAP.
While this is certainly an optional section, your resume summary is one of the best ways to succeed in that short glance.
But first --- what is a resume summary?
A resume summary is one or two sentences at the top of your paper that summarizes your entire resume. It’s the punch line that gets the resume reviewer wanting to know more.
For a Programmer career, include the following points in your summary
Here is an example of a bad resume summary:
Experienced programmer with knowledge of multiple languages and proven ability to create new applications.
This is a bad resume summary because it’s vague -- what does “experienced” mean, what languages do you know? More importantly, what have you created?
Here is an example of a good resume summary:
Detail-oriented programmer with 12+ years of experiencing developing, testing, and fixing computer and mobile applications. Designed software used by Fortune 500 companies that improved the collection of customer data.
This is a good resume summary because it gives a sense of who you are -- detailed oriented -- that you then back up by saying you designed a program that improves data collection. Furthermore, by casually dropping in that your software users include Fortune 500 companies, you’re helping yourself to stand out.
For more information, checkout our guide on How to Write a Killer Resume Summary. Or, browse our Resume Summary Examples.
The next step to drafting your resume is to list your work experience. This includes the name of your position (See: The Right Way to List Job Titles on a Resume), the name of the location at which you worked, and the length of time in which you worked.
Your work experience should include the following:
Be sure to use strong action verbs in each of your bullet points. Here are a few to get you started:
Tip: Don’t start every bullet point with the same verb -- that will get old real quick! Instead, mix it up a bit. If you do use the same verb often (e.g., “tested”) don’t put those bullet points next to each other.
Furthermore, write your resume experience in a way that anyone in your industry will understand. Don't use company-specific language, and avoid going into extreme detail.
For example, let’s say you created a program that you named “SearchMonkey.” The reader likely isn’t going to know what this means. So, describe it instead. Say something like “created a program that assists 1,000+ daily users locate which tools they need for DIY home projects.”
You should also quantify your resume whenever possible. This means adding a number -- such as a dollar amount or percentage -- to your accomplishments. Quantifying your resume gives the hiring manager a more concrete idea of your workplace performance. For example, say that you “supervised 4 junior programmers,” “improved data collection by 20%,” or “saved a client $30,000 by improving their website performance.”
Tip: One way to quantify your resume is by listing your accomplishments and awards. These can be from your workplace (e.g., “Employee of the Month”) or from your industry.
For more information on how to format your work experience, check out our guide on How to Describe Work Experience.
Don’t have any work experience? We have a guide for Writing a Resume with No Work Experience!
Skills show the hiring manager what you can do for the company -- without taking up too much space in the “work experience” part of your resume.
There are two types of skills -- soft and hard. “Soft” skills are those that are not quantifiable and are more indicative of your personality. Examples include leadership, problem-solving, and communication. In contrast, “hard” skills are those that are learned through formal education. Examples include computer technology, programming languages, and certifications.
As a Programmer, you’re going to have a lot of hard skills. But it’s also important to include soft skills, as this shows the employer that you work with clients and peers.
Relevant Soft Skills
Relevant Hard Skills
Tip: When completing this section on your resume, review the employers’ job requirements. Try to incorporate some of the language they use. For example, if the job description states they need someone who has “exceptional communication skills, good organizational skills, and the ability to work independently and within a team,” then be sure to include some of these keywords. List “Communication” and “Organization” under the skills section.
If you want a more complete list of skills, read our guide on 100+ Key Skills for a Resume in 2021 with Examples for any Job.
Programmers typically need a bachelor's degree in computer science, computer and information technology or a related field, such as mathematics. Internships, coding competitions, and extracurricular clubs will also help you to gain experience and network with professionals in the field.
When writing your education section, be sure to include:
Still uncertain on what to include in this section? Review our guide on How to List Education on Your Resume in 2021.
Certifications show employers that you’re expanding on your skills and diversifying your experiences. Not only are you more knowledgeable, but you’re also more employable. The following certifications are geared more towards IT Specialists, but they may be worth looking into.
Certification programs include:
For more information on certifications, check out our guide on How to Include Certifications on Your Resume the Right Way.
Now it’s time for the fun part -- picking the aesthetics of your resume!
Here at EasyResume, we offer several different templates.
Your resume template should reflect the job to which you’re applying. For a Programmer, try a Professional, Modern, or Elegant format to impress employers.
If you want to create your own template, read how with our Step-by-Step Guide on How to Create a Resume Template in Microsoft Word.
We’ve done it! Almost.
Now it’s time to get down to business -- actually creating the resume.
Here’s what you need to do:
Start from our resume example to save time.
Good luck on the interview that is sure to come your way!
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