Creating Impressive Mobile App Developer Resume

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With the existing competition in every imaginable field nowadays, carving your own niche can get to be quite a job. The mobile app development industry, which was considered to be exclusive a few years ago, has also become saturated with more and more wannabe developers wanting to come in each day and to make their mark in the trade. This being the case, how do you get the developer job you desire? The first step you can take to finding the job of your dreams is a dream resume with which you can floor your potential employers. This article brings you a detailed how-to section on developer resume writing.

Do This

  1. Be sure to provide all details about your app developer skills, previous experience, posts previously held and so on and also chalk out a list of recommendations you have received, as and when applicable. Remember that the “Skills” should be given priority, as that is what your potential employers will really be looking for.
  2. Though it is important that you list your academic qualifications, know that it is not going to take the first place in your bio-data, unless you are working in some kind of super-specialized area. Mobile app development is something that is dynamic and always changing. Hence, your previous college certificate is not really going to hold water. In fact, many hiring managers even prefer to see this as the last tab on your list.
  3. Give all details about your past work history. This is something of a double-edged sword. If you have been sticking on too long in one particular IT company, your potential employer may perceive it as a lack of dynamism or efficiency on your part. On the other hand, if you list out too many short-term jobs, it may seem like you do not have loyalty towards any particular company. List out your work history and give clear details of your past short-term developer jobs, explaining why they had been short-lived.
  4. Usually, a resume contains a summary section and an objective section. The summary is of no practical use in this industry. A statement such as “10 years of experience in mobile app development” does not in any way indicate your particular field of expertise. Even the objective may not find a place in your resume if you are only looking for an “upgraded” post in your work. Of course, you can include the objective in case you are looking to change tracks and want to learn more about a different aspect of mobile app development, programming and so on.
  5. Never include aspects such as ethnicity, nationality, religion, marital status, sexual orientation in your developer resume. Hiring managers are never comfortable with such queries and it is also considered illegal in most countries to discriminate on the basis of such issues. This and other information can probably be shared after you are hired and are generally comfortable with your new employer.
  6. Make sure your bio-data is well-formatted and easy on the eyes. Use a font commonly used by all computing devices. The best choices would be Times Roman, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, or Calibri. Try and avoid fancy fonts as far as possible. Also, space your document so that it does not seem crowded. Remember, readability is of utmost importance here.
  7. The ideal length of your resume should be between 2 and 4 pages. Try to avoid making your bio-data longer or shorter than this standard. Of course, in case you are the kind that works on short-term projects, your resume could end up getting longer. It will work out in your favor if you could show an increase in responsibility with each subsequent job – this would impress your potential employer. Whatever you do, see to it that you include all the relevant information, while also keeping it concise.
  8. Do reveal your knowledge of certain uncommon, lesser-used technologies. While it is important to be able to work with prevalent technologies, uncommon languages and programming technologies give you that extra edge over other contenders.

Some Tips

  • Check your document for spelling and grammatical errors before you submit it to the hiring company. Otherwise, it could “spell” disaster for you!
  • Try to make your developer resume an interesting read for hiring companies. Offer the potential employer something extraordinary – give your curriculum vitae a different voice. This will make you stand out from the rest of the crowd.
  • Link your experience to your skills. For example, if you have listed the C# language as your specialty, then also list work experience with C#. Otherwise, your resume will fail to impress the hiring company.
  • Do not be afraid to reveal your geeky side through your resume. While listing all your achievements, make the hiring company see that special spark in you. List your unique programming or marketing skills. Let your love for your craft shine through your resume.
  • Include other interests and hobbies in your developer resume, only if they are relevant in some way to your work sphere. For example, you could be a travel addict. But if you also developed a location tracking or logging app that was in some way different to the others in the market, do include that too.