Developer Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 55,681 Developer resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Five Key Resume Tips For Landing a Developer Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Web Application, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write a Developer Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Developer CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand developer skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a developer : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for a Developer
Pl/Sql, 8%
Html, 4%
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Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
We compared 55,681 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for a developer job required by employers is 2.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average developer job listing asks for 2.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average developer candidate have?
The average developer resume contains 3.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your developer skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from developer resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Developer
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Computer Engineering
  • Performed defect analysis and fixed technical defects (PL/SQL, SQL and Oracle Forms).
  • Developed Access/VBA programs to convert various feeds/reports into HTML pages to view through browser.
  • Developed a refit/refactor of an ASP.Net web application that handles Global Executive Recruiting.
  • Utilized SharePoint database to communicate project surveys and manage project goals.
  • Developed server side Application-using Servlets that handles the Database manipulation with the backend database using JDBC.

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Developer
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Computer Science
  • Configured SQL server mirroring on SQL Server 2008 databases.
  • Worked with various formats of data like XML, Flat files (fixed width, delimited), Excel.
  • Used GIT, Drush scripting, Acquia Cloud, Amazon EC2.
  • Experience in testing (making test cases using JUNIT) and deploying applications using ANT and Jenkins tools.
  • Worked with Linked universes and created new contexts for them accordingly.
Research And Development Internship

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Developer
Master's Degree
Master's Degree - Marketing
  • Created Ad platform SDK for iOS and Android (Objective-C and Java), Created back end REST/JSON API's.
  • Designed the complete solution using N-tier Architecture model and following SDLC.
  • Developed a Firefox plugin to record the actions performed in browser and export the test case in TAF XML format.
  • Developed internal websites for users which displayed the queues, priority and waiting time using PHP and JSON file.
  • Designed and Developed UI Screens for Vortex Application using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Developer
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Computer Programming
  • Used Telerik MVC Controls in Views and extended Telerik MVC grid to provide custom sorting, filtering and custom paging.
  • Designed and developed GUI components using JSP, HTML and JavaScript.
  • Develop a GUI part of the project.
  • Implemented Web Service calls using SOAP over HTTP/JMS as communication layer.
  • Added functionalities and further enhancements, fixed bugs using PL/SQL to the existing applications and created many ad-hoc reports.
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As a developer, you may be curious how your education stacks up against other applicants. As long as you have a bachelor's degree, you're in the majority. Our research showed that most Developers have a 4-year degree as the highest education level.
Overwhelmingly, those applying to developer positions majored in Computer Science. Some of the other common majors that appear on developer resumes include Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Applications.
As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Developer Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Developers. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Developers to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%