Let’s say your dream job is to work as a software engineer. You got the right credentials, lots of experience and a good education. Frankly, the hiring manager won’t be able to reject a candidate like you who has the credentials and experience. But, is your resume strong enough to convince the hiring manager and get your foot in the door for the job interview? Here are the most common mistakes to avoid when creating your resume for a job as a Software Engineer:
- Not including specific projects
It’s essential to share your technical expertise and job experience on your resume. Pretty basic and essential. But, many dismiss this as a “done that countless times” kind of “mantra” when writing their resume and overlook the part of elaboration of their experiences. One example will be the projects you have taken part in. Take note that you should the share key details about the projects you’ve worked on, including your role and responsibilities.
For example, simply mentioning you “worked on a Java web application” gives a hiring manager no indication of your abilities. Did that Java web app connect to a database? Did you use HTML tricks to make the app look great? Provide specifics.
- Not being honest about your experience
Needless to say, a well-versed programmer will have some experience in a number of different programming languages or have degrees and certifications in his or her discipline. One thing that has to be highlighted is not to exaggerate your level of skills in your software engineer resume. Otherwise, it could come back to haunt you.
For example, let’s say you are an ASP.NET developer and you have experimented with “Node.js”. You can demonstrate that you’re not a “one-trick pony.” However, if your experience is limited to a simple application, don’t even try to present yourself as an expert in Node.js programming.
- Telling, but not showing
One good way of showcasing your achievements is to create an online portfolio. An online portfolio will help to showcase your technical abilities. Rather than providing a long list of accomplishments, create an online portfolio and provide a link to it in your resume. It is advisable to include screenshots and descriptions of projects and sample codes. Also, provide links to any open source projects you have contributed to.
Note: An online portfolio can work against you if it is not polished. Make sure it is visually appealing and bug-free.
- Not linking to LinkedIn or other social media platforms
Now, everything is being digitalised. Not having a social media account is almost as damaging like an uncomplete resume in job searching online. One example is linking your LinkedIn profile to your resume. Your profile should include more details about your work history and professional achievements. Not to forget recommendations by colleagues, employers and clients as well. Your LinkedIn profile should tell your story in the context of how your work have benefited the companies or organisations you have worked for.
All in all, avoid the mistakes outlined above and you can create a software engineer resume that provides a well-versed picture of your skills and experience, and you will pretty much get the interview for the job.