Your resume is the first impression a potential employer gets of you and it can serve as a good tool to help you distinguish yourself from other candidates.
However, when starting a new career, you may not feel like you have any relevant experience at all. Switching to a new field can be challenging and creating a relevant CV to match even more so.
That’s why in this article, we’re highlighting some tips for creating an awesome resume to land your first developer job.
Tip 1: Design matters
F or E layout types, which include different columns on the same page are considered more practical and easier on the eye if you want to stick to the one-page rule.
Also, highlighting the most important information - job titles, for example - is recommended. Finding creative ways to present your skills, such as using logos for the technologies that you know is another way to make your resume stand out.
Also, make sure the design of your resume matches the company you want to work for. Is it a creative company? Go crazy and design something that shows off your creativity! Is it a numbers, metrics, milestones-focused company? Stay on the more practical side of the spectrum and showcase your own milestones and metrics (X hours of coding, familiar with Y technologies etc)
Tip 2: Let them get to know you
The average time recruiters spend looking at a CV is only 7.4 seconds, so you’d better make them count! You need to convey as much relevant information as possible within this very short time frame.
A professional summary right after your personal and contact details would be an ideal opportunity for that. This summary can provide information on your current career switch and include your professional aspirations & goals and plans for personal growth.
Going the extra mile? Include some additional information about your personality as well, people want to know whom they will be working with after all!
Tip 3: Tailor your CV to the Job Description
Every company is different and each one you apply to will be looking for different traits and skills in their juniors. It’s important to take this into consideration when creating your CV for a certain job position - check out why.
The best way to do this is by tailoring your CV to every company you apply to. Sometimes listing your volunteer experience is an asset, while other times, spending more time and CV space on your experience with data analysis can be more relevant.
Do your best to get a good overview of the company to help you decide which of your skills and/or work experience to emphasize.
Even though you are starting in a new field, previous experience in other jobs/industries can be very relevant to your new job. Analytical thinking, for example, or working in teams, capable of working in a high-stress environment...it all depends on the job description you’re applying to.
Tip 4: Include Keywords
By providing a list of the technologies you’re familiar with, along with your soft skills, you’re actually helping out the people who will take a look at your resume.
A detailed list of the tech stack you master (along with an optional scale to indicate your level), together with the soft skills that you possess create the right balance of what you are expected to bring to your new workplace.
Remember that your tech skills are what’s going to get you an interview, but it’s your soft skills that will ultimately decide if you get the job or not.
Tip 5: Include your projects
Even though you are still in the beginning phases of your new career, you most likely have some projects that you’ve been working on. Make sure to include these in your CV to show that you gained some work experience with the new technologies you’ve learned.
Also indicate what your role was in these projects, the outcomes, and any other relevant details.
Remember to add a link to your GitHub profile to your CV so that your future employer can see your projects and make use of the features within GitHub to explain to them what it is that you’ve been working on. An active GitHub profile may just give you an edge over other candidates.
It’s important to remember that your CV is a tool that just gets your foot in the door. Use it to get the chance to convince a potential employer that you are the junior developer they are looking for.
With these 5 tips we illustrated, you are one step closer to landing your new job.