There are many great web developers and designers who struggle to get work. One of the problems is that many of them think that they are going to get a job without any trouble. Having great skills is important, but you are also going to need to know how to market yourself. Many people in the web profession have admitted that marketing isn’t one of their strengths.
One of the most important parts of looking for a job is creating an awesome resume. You need to make sure that your resume is up to par. You may want to consider hiring someone to help with it, but you are going to find it is more worthwhile if you take the time to structure it properly yourself first.
Here are some of the most frequent mistakes that programmers make when they are making a resume.
Not Listing Skills Upfront
A potential employer wants to know what your skills are right off the bat. Most hiring managers prefer to find them listed on the first page before experience or anything else.
They Don’t Differentiate Their Experiences
There are certain types of projects that almost every developer has worked on over the course of their career. Specifying that you have built WordPress sites for clients doesn’t tell them anything. Describe what types of unique projects you’ve worked on in the past. Try to tie your experience in with the types of work that you would be doing if you are offered the job.
Adding their Education at the Top
Employers do want to know where you went to school and what degrees you’ve earned. However, they place far more emphasis on your experience. You should list your education last so the hiring manager can simply reference it after they’ve looked over everything else.
Grammar and Formatting Sucks
This is advice that bears repeating. I attended a polytechnic school for my engineering degree and understand that many people in the technology field aren’t accustomed to writing formal reports. However, you need to make sure that everything on your resume is well-written and properly formatted. Employers understand that writing isn’t something that many developers are accustomed to, but they may need you to write reports on the types of programs you write or sites you’ve designed. Regardless, they will expect you to have a well-written resume before they even consider hiring you.
They Aren’t Succinct!
I have heard many career advisors suggest that you need to keep your resume to a single page. Others have said that isn’t feasible when you have twenty years of experience. I believe your resume should be as long as it needs to be and not a word longer.
Many people waste a lot of space talking about things that aren’t important. Employers don’t want to surf through a lot of fluff. Get right to the point and tell them what they need to know.
Do Your Resume Right
I don’t find writing a resume to be the most fun thing in the world. However, it is essential for anybody who is looking for work. Your resume will be one of the defining factors that help you get a job. Take it seriously and ask for help from a professional if you need to.
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