Resume Tips for Web Designers and Developers

Your Guide to a Great Resume

So you're ready to look for a new job, or maybe even make your first venture into the professional workforce. One of your first steps is to create a great resume, since after all you must first win the interview to go after the job of your dreams.

Step 1. Getting Started

So what are the key concepts you should keep in mind as you create the marketing piece for your personal brand? What are some of the critical tips to help you as you dive in to the writing process? Read more...

Step 2. Customize Your Resume

The first rule of marketing is to “know your audience” and in this case, you need to think about what the hiring manager is looking for. Take the time to do some research on the company, and tailor your cover letter and career summary or objectives section so it appeals to the needs of the position and highlights your relevant accomplishments. Another idea is to tailor your responsibilities tied to any of your previous positions.

Quantify if You Can

Your ability to show measurable results shows that you can get the job done, and that you have the personal motivation to measure yourself on your performance. Employers love the idea of a self-driven employee! Read more...

Step 3. Be Clear, Be Concise

Focus on your key accomplishments first. Bulleted formats are generally pleasing to the eye and easy to read. Keep your resume to one page if possible, but two pages are acceptable if you have over 10 years of experience or are applying for an executive-level position.

Use Action Verbs

Action verbs make your resume more exciting, but be sure to change it up and use a wide variety of words. Isn't that what thesaurus.com is for anyway?

Use Keywords, But Don't Overdo It

It's important to use keywords related to the position you're applying for, since so many automated systems pre-sort applicants first. In addition to keywords related to the job, some general powerful keywords include: experience, management, development, project, team, and leadership.

Proofread, Re-Read and Have Someone Else Read It

This may seem obvious, but you'd be surprised at the number of resumes with typos and poor grammar. Remember...spell check cannot catch everything! A lack of attention to detail in your resume will often lead to the reject pile. So read carefully, and ask someone you trust for their honest feedback. Read more...

Step 4. Need More Results? Refine and Re-Position

Resumes take a lot of time and energy, and if you're not seeing the results you want it might be time to change it up. Help make this process a little easier by following a template or using a resume building tool to ensure you're including all the relevant info you need. Read more...


Next read » Step 1. "Getting Started with Your Resume"