Do NOT use highly designed resume templates, they can mess up the resume upload process. Here are some templates for plaintext resumes.
Use an 11-12 pt font for regular text and 14-16 pt for section titles.
Avoid repetition of verbs/phrases
It must be 1 page!!!
Export as PDF with a clean title that includes your name, the resume, and the year.
Name: It is recommended that the name be set in a font size of 20 points. This standard font size is easy to read and will ensure that the name is visible and legible.
The contact line should include clickable LinkedIn, GitHub, and email links. The font size should be 11 points.
Include a super brief overview that includes some combo of your title/ type of role, years of experience, tech stack/area of focus & location (whatever fits the setup best).
Zoe Lewtan | Senior Frontend Engineer with 7 years of experience
Senior Software Engineer (Full Stack | Typescript) based in Ontario, Canada
🏆 Professional Experience
1. Section Header:
Examples of context for company:
“Series C influencer payments platform”
“Travel media website with 7M subscribers on Youtube”
2. Bullet Points:
Each bullet point should start with an action verb and be quantifiable wherever possible
Aim for 6 bullet points for the current role. Older jobs should have fewer, around 1-2.
Start with 1 bullet that describes your high-level contribution to the business. Scale gets extra credit here (ie, the platform used by thousands of Fortune 500 companies/millions of users). This helps companies get an idea of what they worked on, which explains the rest.
Accomplished X as measured by Y by Doing Z
Action verb + accomplishment + outcome
Bullet Points Structural Templates:
🏔 By Features/ Parts of the Product
API & Integrations: Technical Project Lead for a medium-sized project for the API team (of 10) to expand functionality on the API to improve scheduling workflows for partners. Integration used by 1000+ customers, 500k interviews scheduled in the past quarter.
Identity Management: Implemented single-sign for Google, Apple, and Facebook social platforms across web and iOS clients utilizing federated identities in Cognito.
⚒️ By Type of Engineering Work
Frontend Development in React: Creating reusable React components. Using styled components for styling. Creating a State management system based on Redux slices and supporting consistent user experience across the app.
Refactoring Frontend to React: from Ruby on Rails to React + TypeScript.
💥 By Role &/Or Impact
Drove changes to web infrastructure and deployment process for testing standards, increasing test stability and reducing runtime while increasing the frequency of testing. (6x tests, 10x runs a week, 10%-> 90+% reliability)
Created regression test suite for proxy API to ensure performance with legacy API
When possible, mention the reason you received a promotion or an increase in responsibilities
Promoted to SWE after successful design and automation of new partner integration onboarding and building program
For older roles, you can use even more of the context method rather than detailing your contributions.
Led project for a high-performance game engine built on WebGL, a fully integrated automated test suite, advanced asset build, and optimization tools.
Framework-powered multiple online games with revenue between $2-4 million.
Type of Skills
Technical Skills or Hard Skills:
Job-related skills are those that are necessary or enhance your ability to perform a job
These skills encompass your knowledge and proficiency in technology, programming and coding, software development, and product understanding, among others.
Non-Technical Skills or Soft Skills:
Soft skills refer to intangible qualities, including interpersonal and behavioral skills, that can enhance job performance.
Some examples of soft skills include leadership abilities, effective communication, creativity, innovation, problem-solving, and critical thinking.
If you aspire to a senior software engineering role, like an engineering manager, it's important to possess these soft skills to secure a high-level position.
Ways to list employment gap in your resume:
More than 5 years ago = Don’t mention it
Under a year = Don’t mention it
Maternity Leave = Parental Leave
School = Educational Leave
Just couldn’t find a job = Personal Sabbatical
Laid Off = Post-Layoff Job Search
Family Issues = Family Care Leave
Health Issues = Family Care Leave
Travel = Travel Leave
You moved = Relocation Leave