Even if you are an experienced software engineer or still an undergraduate, you must obviously know what code quality is. The number of code lines does not need to be significant for the code to perform its task.
The same theory applies to writing your Software Engineer resume. As long as you keep it simple and impressive, your resume can stand out from a first glance. At the same time, bear in mind that you need to beat an ATS to get noticed by a recruiter.
Let’s look at some important tips and tricks to make your resume free of bugs!
Although you can read and write Java, C#, Pascal or any other programming language, you could be wondering why it is so complicated to write a resume. The first step to ease the process is understanding the job role of a Software Engineer.
Apart from the responsibilities listed in a job description, here is a summary:
Designing and development of software solutions.
Understanding the problem domain.
Following the standards of a Software Development Life Cycle.
Testing and debugging.
Developing technical documentation.
Updating clients through effective communication.
Keeping up with the team members.
Working under pressure.
Taking all these into consideration, let’s write a bug free Software engineer resume!
Similar to a well written program with blocks of code, a good Software Engineer resume should have an easy to read format.
Let’s look at the 7 golden rules to format your Software Engineer resume:
When it comes to coding, file names, variables, classes and almost everything should have a meaningful name. That’s what allows programmers to understand code at a glance.
The resume header is very similar to a variable name. Your recruiters and hiring managers get the first impression by looking at it.
The resume header usually includes your name, current job title and company name and contact information. If this is the first job you are applying for, include your highest educational qualification instead of job title.
Or, if you are a newbie you can go with the following format:
Pro tips to write the perfect Software Engineer resume header
• Stick to your first name and last name. Include the middle initial if you have a common name.
• Have a professional email address using your name rather than an old school mail id.
E.g. email@example.com is more professional than firstname.lastname@example.org
• Include your GitHub URL only if you are active in GitHub.
• Shorten your LinkedIn URL. There are many tutorials over the internet on how you can do this.
• DO NOT mention other social media handles like Facebook and Instagram because they are personal.
• You may include a twitter handle if you are an active leader in the Software Engineering industry.
Also known as the resume summary or objective statement, this is where you should summarize your key skills, achievements and vision as a Software Engineer. Always try to quantify your achievements and experiences to convince the recruiter.
Software Engineer with 5+ years of experience in over 10 projects of different business domains. Highly skilled in working in a tight schedule to meet deadlines through planning, Agile practices and team spirit. Well versed in an array of front end and back end technologies and frameworks. Looking forward to joining Exodus Labs, Inc for a new journey in Software development and eagerly waiting to learn new industry standards.
Well, we have a sample for newbies too!
Tech savvy fresh graduate from Louisiana State university with a Software Engineering major and a GPA of 4.0. Was an active member of the Young Developers’ club of the University and won the gold medal at LSU Hackathon consecutively for 2 years. Skilled in a range of development technologies and frameworks. Looking forward for a challenging and rewarding Software Engineering career with Exodus Labs, Inc Team.
Tip: Do not include your GPA if it is lower than 3.0.
One of the most important things to include in a Software Engineer resume is your technical know-how. But wait! Don’t forget your soft skills!
When including the relevant skills, try to organize them based on skill type or familiarity.
If you have a lot of skills from a single category, then this method is the best. Let’s look at an example:
You can also classify skills at your convenience based on whether they are front-end, back-end, etc. at your convenience.
If you possess a limited number of software engineering skills to showcase, you can classify them according to familiarity. Three levels such as Advanced, Experienced and Familiar can be used.
Top soft skills for a software engineer resume
If you are an experienced Software Engineer, your recruiters will definitely cross-check your skills section with work experience.
So, if you want to land your dream Software Engineering job, make sure this section is in order. List down each job title, company name, years of experience and key achievements. Quantify each achievement to show success in your career.
Here’s an example:
All of the above fit very well if you are an experienced software engineer.
Then how about if you are a fresh graduate? If that’s the case, you may include any projects done in university, any volunteer work and also participation in events.
• President of the University Software Engineering circle in the year 2017- Organized 4 open source coding workshops increasing the number of participants by 15% compared to 2016.
• Participated in GSoC (Google Summer of Code) 2018 – Developed an automated Home safety solution with the use of IoT and got listed among the top 15 projects.
• Designed and developed a gesture based camera rotating algorithm with Python and the project was nominated for the best research project in year 2017.
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This section is especially important if you are an entry level job seeker. This is the best chance to convince your hiring manager that you are the best candidate for the job position.
These are some tips to follow:
Take a look at this sample resume education section.
MSc. in Computer Science
Miami State University | 2017 – 2019
BSc.(Hons) in Computer Science
California State University | 2013 – 2016
Certifications and professional qualifications
If you have come this far, congratulations!
Bonus tip: Limit your resume to a maximum of 2 pages.
Now you have the perfect toolkit for writing the perfect Software Engineer resume. Take a look at our sample Software Engineer resume for more information.
Mellurum Systems,Inc (UT, United States)
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Software Engineer with 5+ years of experience in over 10 projects of different business domains. Highly skilled in working in a tight schedule to meet deadlines through planning, Agile practices and team spirit. Well versed in an array of front end and back end technologies and frameworks. Looking forward to joining Exodus Labs,Inc for a new journey in Software development and eagerly waiting to learn new industry standards.
Software Engineer/Tech Lead – 2018-to present
Mellurum Inc, UT United States
Junior Software Engineer – 2016 – 2018
OzTech corp, CA United States
Master of Science in Computer Science – Jan 2014-Jan 2016
Miami State University, Coral Gables, FL
Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Computer Science – Jan 2010-Dec 2013
California State University, Long Beach, CA