Software resume tips

As you probably know, your resume represent your first interaction with a potential employer if you’re actively searching for a new job or you’re just open to a new opportunity. Therefore, if you decide to have visibility on the job market and to be considered a professional in your field, you must pay attention how present yourself. And, if you’re a software specialist you might be interested about some aspects you can find below…

Your resume is like an “access card”

If you decide to write your CV, you must do it in a professional manner, because it creates the first premises of a potential collaboration within an employer.

Many candidates in the IT field don’t pay attention to details in presenting themselves by considering that it’s enough to be a good technical specialist and the employers will offer you the best job. Things are not going always like that…and you must adapt yourself at the specific practices on the job market.

  • You have to create an original presentation form for your CV – that makes a difference between you and the others from the beginning;
  • The structure of your resume is the most important – you must choose the right section to present yourself;
  • You must include complete and accurate information in your CV;
  • If you’re interested about positions in multiple areas or technologies, you have to customize your resume for every specific job;
  • Your presentation must highlight the aspects which fit with the job description – in order to ensure the selection of your application among the first;
  • Don’t mention than the technical abilities you have indeed and you can rely on;

How to structure the information in your resume

It’s very important to have the capacity to organize the content of your resume in order to offer an accurate presentation of your professional and personal background. So, you must include specific sections in your resume and presenting it depending on how you consider better to promote your image.  For example, if you have enough professional experience and you consider that is a strength, you can present it before the education. The sections that must be included are:

  • CAREER OBJECTIVE – is the essential section of your resume and express which are your professional goals within a potential employer. This section is good to be as much as clearly expressed without using a “book language”;
  • EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS SUMMARY – here you have the opportunity to present your relevant achievements in the operational or coordination area in your field;
  • TECHNICAL SKILLS – in this section you can include in brief information about the programming languages, technologies, systems or certifications obtained;
  • PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – you must present your experience in a reversed chronological order, your experience from your most recent job to the earlier jobs. It’s important to detail your responsibilities/projects you were involved, it’s not enough to name your positions and employers.
  • PROJECTS PORTFOLIO – If you’re a software developer, this section is the most interesting for your potential employer, so it can’t miss in your resume;
  • EDUCATION – In this section you can include information about your studies, qualifications, certifications.
  • ABILITIES – here you can present in details the essential abilities that you consider being important for a job. For the technical ones it would be useful to present it on levels of knowledge.

Don’t forget that your resume should reveal your relevant experience, technical skills and competences for a certain position. Don’t hesitate to detail all the aspects that you consider important without excessively cluttering your presentation!

by Florentina Greger

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