I’ve hired people at my job for Jr. Front End Developer positions. Here’s my feedback:
One page only. I’m scanning this and looking for keywords that stand out first (some people apply with no coding skills what so ever so I want to sort them out first). Your cover letter can be a separate document.
Format your phone number to be easily read. (123) 456 7890. That way I can call you.
Re-format your skills to read like a list of keywords not full sentences.
Skills: A, B, C, D.
Avoid: I’m skilled in A, I can do B, I’ve also done C, I really like D.
INCLUDE LINK TO YOUR PORTFOLIO
This is where your skill keyword list is demonstrated, let me verify you can work with those skills. I want to see your portfolio and GitHub so I can see your work. I’m trying to assess if you can do the job or not.
Linkdln is optional
I personally like to see Linkdln profiles because it shows to me that you’re interested in industry news. Doesn’t affect whether you can do the job or not but it’s good.
I would order it from most challenging to least challenging, and maybe bold keywords like Angular, PHP, MySQL. If it were work experience I would include dates but this is not the case here.
Make it Look High Quality
This was my biggest mistake when I first was applying to jobs. I took my resume in rolled up with a rubber band wrapped around it. I used the basic the google docs template. Which is fine but it’s also basic and doesn’t make you stand out.
I haven’t came across anyone who has done this yet but I will do it for my next job.
Find a well designed professional sleek letterhead. When I submit my resume. I want the reader to look at like it’s worth $100. Like it comes from someone who is sucessful and can bring success to their company. Not fancy like a Rolls Royce but modern, simple, and well made like a BMW interior.
- Bring at least 2 copies of your resume to your interview printed on thick paper. Heavier items have a higher percieved value. Think of a thick business card.
Overall remember the purpose of your resume. At a glance, I should be able to make a quick judgement about the skills, experience, and conscientiousness you possess. Are you sloppy and half ass your work? Or are you organized and methodical?
Of course a simple letter doesn’t acutally reflect those things. But I do beleive you can hack your resume in such a way to give off positive perceptions to the reader’s quick thinking snap judgments that go on in the background of their mind. Giving you the highest odds of success.