Probably, you’ve heard that Syndicode is looking for the new developers? If you are at your first steps in programming and hesitate whatever you should apply for the open position, we are here to encourage you. Take a chance and apply! We collected some advice for you to create an outstanding CV and get the job. So what is the ideal CV for the junior developer?
You could be a genius, but who will invite you to a job interview if you can’t “sell yourself” with your CV? Your resume is most likely going to be your first impression with the company. It’s worth investing some time into a well made one. So what should you include there? Let’s talk about your curriculum vitae in details.
The order for the information listed in your CV should be the next:
Here you should place your name and contacts: phone number and email, links on social networks profiles, repositories etc.
Many top companies like Google and Microsoft insist on putting the education in the first place. Put there your school and university so the company could find where you gained your basic knowledge. Awards, initiatives, certificates and online courses could also be placed in this part.
However, education can go after the experience section, which is also possible.
Here should be your work experience: your previous Company Name, City, State/Province. Also, don’t forget to tell about your Position and Team, Responsibilities you had.
- Side projects
The relevant information about projects you have to put in your CV: Project Name, list of major technologies used/implemented (by you), Responsibilities and major takeaways.
- Everything else
Here you can list languages you know, skills, hobbies and other necessary information you think your future employer needs to know.
Remember that all the information you write in your CV should be laconic. Your text doesn’t have to be fancy, and the more specific you are, the better.
Your content aimed to highlight your contributions and how there were made. Not every single moment of your life, but the important parts of your professional journey. Your resume is just a tool to get you to the job interview, and if you have to tell more – do it during the interview. And fill the CV only with highlights. It will demonstrate your ability to prioritize.
When listing your responsibilities/accomplishments one way is to format it in the following way: accomplished [X] by doing [Y]. Start with an active verb followed by a description. If you can include a quantifiable measure that’s a bonus.
Be clear — descriptive enough for the technical person, but general enough for someone less technical. Also, make sure your texts are grammatically correct.
What to include? If you know what position you are applying for then tailor your resume to include projects and jobs to the job you are applying for. Try to put yourself in the shoes of the recruiter or HR. What stands out most about you? Show how you handled challenging work experiences. Another great piece to share is a project that you’re most proud of.
Do NOT lie about your work and skills. Under any circumstances.
If you have no design skills read this paragraph very attentively:
- One page
- Fonts you choose should be clean and legible
- Minimum 11-point font, max 14-point for descriptions
- You can use bullet points to create listings
- Reverse chronological order for each section
- Short and precise sentences
Do you have an account in Linkedin? If you don’t then go get one. This is a professional network and many companies use it as a tool to look at the applicants’ profiles in details.
Put in the contacts section links to your Linkedin, Facebook, GitHub, Twitter (if you have), StackOverflow profiles and the rest of media where you present your professional activity.
- Use a professional e-mail address with no numbers and odd characters
- Take care of the tenses you use in your sentences. You have to proceed with one chosen tense through the whole CV. And be consistent. Don’t use a mix of passive and present verbs
- If you send a digital copy of your CV, make sure you use PDF
- Do not highlight anything
- It’s unnecessary to include age, birth date, ethnicity, nationality (these moments are not related to your professional activity)
Templates to use for creating your CV
It is likely that you need some examples of organizing the materials in your resume.
Based on the original article by Kimberly Noel.
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