Stunning Web Developer Resume Examples and Tips
In this article, you will learn how to write the perfect web developer resume. This skill is especially important for junior and mid-level web developers, unlike senior web developers who already know how to write better resumes through experience.
In this article, you will find tips on:
- How to write a stellar web developer resume that will help you get more interviews
- How to get past the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)
- How to analyze job postings and tailor your resume according to the job description
We’ll also be looking at an above-average example of a junior web developer resume together, so let’s get started!
Your resume is your main selling point
Since you have spent a lot of time and effort acquiring those precious web developer skills, now you can learn how to market them to a potential hiring manager. Like it or not, it’s going to be a selling process.
Recruiters are piled up with hundreds of web developer resumes daily. Because of this, hiring managers won’t read each resume thoroughly — only skimming through the best ones. That’s why you only have several seconds to sell yourself.
What you need to do is hook the hiring manager because this person makes the final decision about you, which is to either:
- Invite you to an interview
- Delete your resume from the system
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The process of choosing the right applicant can be exemplified as follows:
Look at the image below. Which candy would you choose?
You would most likely choose the pink and gold candies. Why is that?
Well, it’s because these colorful wrappers both attracted your attention and helped them stand out.
In reality, it might even be that the candies in the gray wrappers are tastier than the ones in the colorful wrappers. But, the HR manager won’t notice that.
Therefore, you should always treat:
- Your skills as the candy filling
- Your web developer resume as the wrapper
That’s why your web developer resume must shine above others as every detail is important. Learn how to sell yourself, and you will be successful. See below for an example of a resume that stands out.
Seven steps to writing a stellar web developer resume
Writing your first web developer resume is always a challenge. So, let’s go through the steps and learn how to write a killer resume.
Basically, you need to take the seven steps that are shown in the illustration below.
- Steps 1–3 represent the candy filling, which is all about proving your web developer experience.
- Step 4 is where we cover the candy filling in a colorful wrapper by writing a catchy and professional web developer resume.
- Step 5 is when we write a cover letter to impress those hiring managers and further demonstrate our skills.
- Step 6 is all about how to prepare for an HR interview.
- Step 7 is when we are ready to prepare for a technical interview.
Let’s discuss each step in detail and learn how to create the perfect web developer resume.
How to describe your web developer experience
Before you start working on your resume, you need to collect all the necessary information. Once that’s done, you can then move on to actually writing your resume.
Don’t skip this part! Proper planning is the key to success.
The goal is to convince the hiring manager that you are the developer their company is looking for. To accomplish this, you must prove that you can do the job by:
Step 1: Listing your web developer skills
Step 2: Providing a solid portfolio of projects
Step 3: Listing your work experience and achievements
Step 1: create a list of web development skills for your resume
First of all, analyze the requirements of job postings in your country (USA, Canada, UK, India, etc.) and create a master list of your hard and soft skills.
By hard skills, we mean your technical capabilities:
- Frameworks and libraries: React, Angular, Vue.js, jQuery, etc.
- Databases and DB languages: MongoDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL, etc.
- Other development tools: Git, bundlers, plugins, etc.
By soft skills, we mean your ability to interact with people efficiently through:
- Communication skills
Don’t panic if you see a job posting that says they need someone for a junior position with 2-3 years of experience and a long list of skills. This is very common: Hiring managers write their “wish list” of skills, which makes it sound as if they are looking for Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg all in one person.
The good news is that when you see a long list of requirements for a junior or mid-level web developer position, only about 30-50% of the requested skills are a must-have. The rest are desirable, but not mandatory. It’s also assumed that you can and will learn them on the job.
Checklist of core skills for front-end developers:
- Modern CSS Layouts (e.g., Flexbox — obligatory, Grid)
- Different Web Fonts
- Asynchronous programming
- DOM Manipulation
- UI Libraries and Frameworks (e.g., jQuery, React, Vue.js, Angular)
- Popular Tool Kits (Bootstrap — more popular, Foundation — less popular)
- Developer & Debugging Tools (Chrome DevTools)
- Responsive Web Design (e.g., Adaptive Web Design)
- Graphics and Image Editing Tools (Photoshop, Figma)
- Version Control (Git)
- Browser APIs
Checklist of core skills for full-stack web developers:
Full stack web developers know both the front-end skills mentioned above and the following back-end skills:
- Command Line/Terminal
- Back-end Languages/Technologies (Node.js, Python, Java, PHP, Ruby, etc.)
- Back-end Frameworks (Express, Django, Flask, etc.)
- Package Managers (npm or yarn)
- Popular and Useful Packages (mongoose, cookie-parser, multer, bcrypt, etc.)
- Databases/DB Languages (MongoDB, SQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL, etc.)
- Data Formats (JSON or XML)
- APIs (Rest API or CRUD)
- Template Engines (EJS, Pug, Haml.js)
Create a master list of your hard and soft skills, then move on to your portfolio of projects.
Step 2: add your portfolio of projects
Hiring managers look for the right applicants — those who can already write code and fulfill business tasks.
Adding a link to your portfolio is a MUST. If your resume doesn’t have a link to your portfolio, it will be thrown away immediately by a recruiter. You should always have a link to your GitHub and your resume website.
In your web developer portfolio, you need to provide links to all of the web applications you have created. It’s better to add a short and sweet description of each web application, including the main objective, functionality, and which technologies and tools were used.
Where can a junior web developer get their first exposure to the industry?
There are many ways to practice building websites as we will discuss shortly.
With that in mind, here are seven great ideas for you:
1. Personal projects
Find interesting ideas and build several websites from scratch. You can even use projects from Udemy courses that were completed for inspiration and learning purposes.
For example, in my Udemy course (The Result-Oriented Web Developer Course – BOOTCAMP), you can find this project:
With this project, you can showcase these front-end developer skills:
- Responsive Web Design (on all devices, including mobile, tablet, and desktop)
- Photoshop (the layout is made from PSD to HTML)
- Pure CSS, including Flexbox (the layout is made from scratch)
- Using fonts in the modern format of “woff” with fallback to the format of “ttf”
- Connect images in the modern “webp” format with fallback to the “jpg” format
- Connect different image sizes automatically and display them depending on the user’s monitor size
- 100% clean, formatted code
You can even change the logo, images, texts, and colors of this project, as well as add more pages and functionality to make it look completely different. Be as creative as you want!
2. Freebie projects for friends
Ask your social media friends whether they need free services from a young and passionate web developer. Create a nice and intriguing social media post about yourself and at the end, ask for a repost. For instance, “+1,000 karma to anyone for reposting this is guaranteed — it’s already pre-determined with the universe.”
You can offer to complete projects for all kinds of clients:
- Free projects for churches or small volunteering organizations
- Free or paid projects for local small businesses (café, shops, etc.)
- Free or paid freelance projects through freelance marketplaces (Fiverr, Upwork, etc.).
- Contribute to open-source projects or business startups
- Attend hackathons and meetups
If you need more information on the best practices of creating a portfolio resume, you can refer to this article.
Step 3: your work experience and achievements
In addition to your portfolio, you need to collect and present your achievements to a hiring manager. Remember, hiring managers focus on metrics or hard numbers.
Metrics or hard numbers refer to any number or percentage. Here are several examples:
1. Increased website traffic by 157% in four months
2. Boosted web vitals from a score of 34 to 91 (Test tool: Lighthouse)
3. Equipped with a record of 20+ happy and loyal clients
So while you build projects for your portfolio, think of it like collecting achievements.
Let’s take a look at an example describing your experience and achievements.
|WRONG||Created a great new website for a local church XXX in XXX city.|
|RIGHT||Fully redesigned an old website for a local church XXX in XXX city:Previously, it only had a desktop version. Now, the website is 100% responsive on all devices.Increased web vitals from a score of 41 to 98 (Maximum score: 100, Test tool: Lighthouse).Boosted website traffic by 83% for five months after adding a blog section with SEO-friendly articles.|
How to write a web developer resume
Your web developer resume must appear professional. And you can make a great resume using a combination of templates and builders.
Just Google the following:
- web developer resume templates
- resume templates
- CV templates
- resume builders
By doing so, you’ll find plenty of free and paid resume templates (e.g., Novoresume, Zety, Resumegenius) online.
Next, we will be talking about what goes into the structure of a resume.
What is the best resume format?
Choose a reverse chronological resume format. In this resume format, your work history begins with your most recent work experience and ends at your earliest position.
The chronological resume format is structured like this:
Full Name, Job Title, Contact Information
Resume Summary/Resume Objective
Optional Sections: Certifications, Hobbies, etc.
The reverse-chronological format is the best option because:
1. Hiring managers are used to this format and can easily find the necessary information they are looking for.
2. This format is the best one for getting past the Applicant Tracking System (ATS).
According to different studies, many companies already use or plan to use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) in the near future. It is a special software for reading and filtering the resumes of applicants. Examples of ATS software include Bullhorn, Manatal, and many others.
Here are the results of several different studies:
1. 75% of recruiters use some type of recruiting or ATS software in the hiring process (Capterra).
2. 73% of HR professionals say their organizations use an ATS, up from 64% in 2018. Furthermore, 56% of those without an ATS are either considering or planning to acquire one. (An HR Research Institute survey, powered by HR.com – the world’s community of more than 2 million HR professionals)
3. According to a new Harvard Business School Study conducted in the U.S., Germany and the U.K:
– 63% of all employers surveyed use ATS/RMS. RMS stands for Recruiting Management or Marketing System and it complements the ATS.
– For larger enterprises, with more than 1,000 workers: 75% of employers use ATS/RMS in the U.S., 58% in the U.K. and 54% in Germany.
4. 66% of surveyed recruiting organizations reported using some type of ATS for recruiting management and/or compliance according to Kelly OCG.
5. Almost 99% of Fortune 500 companies use ATS according the report by Jobscan
If your resume doesn’t get past the ATS, a hiring manager will never even see it in their inbox. Here are some useful tips on how to optimize your resume to make it ATS-friendly:
Tips on writing a professional web developer resume
Before I provide you with some special tips for getting past the ATS, let’s first discuss some general recommendations for resume writing.
1. Your resume must be limited to a single page.
If your resume is longer than a page, it’s a sign that it isn’t well structured or that it’s poorly optimized. Make it better! You can do it!
2. Never write “CV,” “Resume,” or “Curriculum Vitae” at the top.
At the top of your resume should be your full name, the position you are targeting, and your contact information. Bold your full name and use a big font size.
3. Include professional-looking contact information.
Don’t use an email address that doesn’t look professional:
Create a new email that has your full name, and don’t forget to check it daily for new messages from recruiters looking to hire.
If you add links to your social media accounts like LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter, make sure that all information there is relevant and provides additional value to your front page. If that’s not the case, then don’t add those links because many hiring managers check the social media profiles of applicants, judging their personalities and skills based on those alone.
4. Level of Education
If you don’t have a computer science degree, don’t worry. Nowadays, it’s not really a problem anymore since employers are paying less and less attention to this detail. With all the online courses available, lots of people all over the world are changing their careers and becoming web developers.
You don’t even need to enroll in an expensive online or offline boot camp. Many people still think that expensive means high quality, which isn’t always true — it’s just an assumption of seeing high prices.
You just need to convince employers that you can build websites with clean code by following the best practices, which you can do by:
- Adding a link to your portfolio in your resume
- Successfully passing the Tech Interview
Another Udemy course by Vertex Academy can help you with your portfolio:
5. Personal information (your photo, date of birth, gender, and marital status)
Each country has its standards for writing a resume. Always check that you are complying with those. Adding information such as a photo, date of birth, gender, and marital status is prohibited in some countries. For example, you cannot include your photo in the U.S., U.K., or Canada.
How to get past the applicant tracking system (ATS)
You may be tempted to make your resume look fancy, but don’t focus on just the design!
Focus on your objective: “To create a resume that gets past the ATS and looks appealing to a hiring manager at the same time.”
To make your resume ATS-friendly, follow these 10 recommendations:
- Fonts: Use common fonts like Times New Roman, Arial, Georgia, or Calibri. The ATS may not be able to read other fonts.
- Formatting: You can use bold, italic, and capital letters along with colors. However, use colors very carefully — your resume should look professional.
- Bullet points & special characters: Only use black small circle bullets. Don’t use square or triangle bullets, arrow bullets, tick marks, images, and other special characters.
- Infographics: Don’t use images, tables, charts, boxes, and other infographics, because many ATS systems cannot read such elements.
- Headings: Use common headings in your resume including the Resume Summary, Resume Objective, Work Experience, Skills, and Education. Don’t get too creative with headings!
- Spelling & grammar: Don’t make any spelling mistakes. Proofread your resume before submitting it. You can also use Grammarly to check for typos.
- Saving your resume: Save your resume in PDF format or as a .docx file. The PDF format is preferable because, in this format, your resume will appear the same way it does in the original file, unlike in the .docx format.
- Not all ATS can read PDF formats. That’s why you must read job descriptions carefully. There may be instructions on which format an applicant should use to send in their resume.
- Naming your resume: Name your resume file using your full name.
- For example, Elon Musk might save his file as resume_elon_musk.pdf or Elon_musk_resume.docx.
- Add keywords from the job description: Don’t send the same resume to each job posting. Read the job descriptions carefully and tailor your resume for each opening.
- The ATS scans each resume for its relevance to the job posting. The ATS will assign scores to applicants and rank them against all others.
In short, it checks your resume based on:
- Keyword density of your resume
- Job title match
- Work experience
Also, you can Google for web services to help check the ATS match percent of your resume, with one example being Jobscan.
Let’s discuss why we need a resume summary and a resume objective. Later, I will show you how to adjust your resume to a real job posting.
How to write resume summary or resume objective
You would need to write a:
- Resume Summary if you already have work experience.
- Resume Objective if you don’t have any work experience.
Your resume summary or resume objective is the first thing the hiring manager reads. It’s why I highly recommend writing this part of your resume last.
Be very creative and remember to include keywords from job posting, metrics, and accomplishments, as well as credentials (such as a bachelor’s degree, certifications, work experience, etc.)to put your best foot forward and catch the attention of the recruiter.
The resume summary or resume objective should be 2-4 sentences long.
Here’s an example of a resume summary.
|WRONG||I am a freelance web developer who creates responsive websites very quickly. I already have a pool of clients that really like my work. Web development is the biggest passion of my life.|
|RIGHT||A task-driven, innovative developer with one year of experience freelancing in web development. Proficient in creating 100% responsive websites from scratch as well as maintaining and redesigning eCommerce websites for clients. Equipped with a record of 10+ satisfied clients, including cafes and local shops. A fast learner with excellent troubleshooting skills who is able to work alone and in a group.|
How to analyze job postings and tailor your resume according to a job description
Let’s write a resume adjusted for the job description of this real job posting from Indeed.
I highlighted such keywords with yellow and blue:
- Job title
- Hard skills
- Soft skills
- Type of work
- Years of experience
Overall, as you can see from the job posting, the company is primarily interested in a Junior Front End Developer who can create responsive websites from scratch, and much emphasis is placed on “E-commerce”, which was used four times:
- “E-commerce practices”
- “E-commerce websites” (2 times)
- “e-commerce environment”
Since this is the main thing they are interested in, we will mention “E-commerce”, “responsive” and “from scratch” not one but several times both in the resume summary and resume body.
What’s more, in blue I highlighted everything relating to the job type. These include: “Job Type: Seasonal”, “100% Remote”, “fast-paced”, and “The role will work closely with Web Design, Merchandising and Development teams…”. So, it means that they are looking for someone who can work alone and in a group. That’s why we will use “able to work alone and in a group” in the resume summary. It’s not a keyword, but the hiring manager definitely looks for this type of a candidate.
Also, they mention “Produce and assist in the deployment of online marketing initiatives…” Since our applicant (Noah Johnson) has some marketing experience, we will also use this wording (“online marketing initiatives”) in the resume.
Here I must say “Don’t lie on your resume!” Because any lie will be discovered.
What you can do and must do is, “Creatively insert keywords from the job ad to get past ATS, but only those which you really have”.
Below, you will find a resume with organically inserted keywords from the job description. In this version I highlighted all the inserted keywords in yellow so that you can easily compare the job posting and the resume.
And here’s the exact same resume but without any highlighted keywords.
Step 5: writing a cover letter
Some people think there is no need to write a cover letter. But in practice, lots of hiring managers read applicants’ cover letters to weed out the candidates they don’t want.
In truth, a cover letter is a place where you can evoke emotions and show your connection to the company.
Don’t just write that the position is a perfect fit for you, or else it will seem too one-sided. You need to see things from the company’s perspective as well.
Think of what you can bring to the company or job position.
That’s why you should always customize your cover letter for each job posting. After reading it, the recruiter should not get the feeling that you sent them the same cover letter as everyone else.
Step 6: how to prepare for an HR interview
During the interview, the hiring manager will be checking your soft skills.
I highly recommend doing this before going to the interview:
1. Google “most common HR interview questions” and start practicing them.
While you are at home, you have time to think carefully about how to answer all these questions.
“What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?”
“How do you deal with criticism?”
“Tell me about a time where you displayed leadership skills.”
2. Collect information about the company:
Visit the website to become familiar with its design, the company’s products or services, and their history or team.
You do need to be prepared for questions related to the company and your career change.
“What do you know about our company?”
“Why do you want to work for our company?”
“Why are you interested in this position?”
Read online reviews about the company and ask your friends if they know anything about being employed there.
Step 7: how to prepare for the technical interview
Each IT company is like a separate country that has its own recruiting rules.
Be prepared for the possibility that during your HR interview, there may also be a technical specialist present who will pose questions related to your credentials and portfolio samples.
While preparing for a technical interview, you need to practice different interview questions in web development. This article containing programming interview questions can be your starting point.
You can also learn more about web development through my courses, The Result-Oriented Web Developer Course and The Complete MySQL Bootcamp: From SQL Beginner to Expert.
Believe in yourself, and you’ll get there soon enough. Happy coding and good luck!
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