November 13th, 2017 / Kat Crawford

We’re hiring, which is great. But holy cow, what resumes we have had to wade through.

So, for all of you prospective software developers out there, here is a list of Dos and Don’ts to check off before you send one more underwhelming list of attributes.

person, surrounded by crumpled writing paper, holding up help sign

Do:

  • List your languages. AT THE TOP. If your last job was as a Dunkin’ Donut Tech, fine, but that is probably not the foot you want to lead with if you are asking for over $20,000 a year. And if your first listed language is "HTML", we're going to assume development is not your first choice.
  • Show your skills. Provide a link to your code on github. give us a way to see any apps you’ve done.
  • Think about the job you’re applying to. Tailor your skills and interests to (accurately) reflect the position.
  • Make your resume attractive. You work in computers--show it. you can use a nonconventional format that highlights your skills best. The great thing about this field is that education isn’t everything--what about you is going to make this seem like the right job?
  • Be sure that your cover letter or resume reflects the company to which you are sending it. If you tell Microsoft you are really interested in applying for their position at Apple, you will not be getting an interview.
  • Spell and grammar check. Come on, kids. I know that some of you just got out of school, but even in high school you ostensibly learned how to write. If you can’t or are a second language learner, have someone proof your resume. Most colleges offer this service at the career services for free.

Don’t:

  • Apply to a Software Engineer job thinking it is Electrical Engineering. It isn’t.
  • Say you are proficient at Office. it makes you look like you need filler.
  • Send a pompous cover letter about how awesome you are. Proof is in the pudding, buddy. If you want to, list all of the apps you have done that might not appear in your resume. talk about why you want to work *here.* I promise, if you are that great, you won’t have to tell us. We’ll see it in your work.
  • Submit a resume in a .txt file. it looks like you don’t know how to work your computer--a bad sign for a computer guy.

Next installment: the Dos and Don’ts of interviewing for a software app company.