How to write your own Software Development Engineer resume?
1. It’s all about the results
Imagine you have two resumes in front of you. The first one lists basic information and job duties, whereas the second one highlights specific results and achievements. Which one would impress you more? The one with the accomplishments, of course. That’s why your resume should revolve around key career achievements.
You should include them wherever you can – in your professional summary, work experience, education, or skills section. Always try to quantity them. In the end, claiming that you “Improved customer satisfaction” isn’t as impressive as stating that you “Improved customer satisfaction by 30%”. You can also use bullet points to give it a better structure.
The resume above does just that. In the work experience section, it doesn’t only list job duties but rather highlights specific accomplishments and provides specific numbers. The same applies to education section where the candidate mentions how many articles, books or web standard documents he wrote.
Software Development Engineer Work Experience Example
R&D Engineer 3D Printing
Materialise 02/2006 - 12/2007
Developed the stereo-lithography printers (production 3D printers), and their control software.
Implemented monitoring services for integration into other business services (IoT).
Increased productivity of the printers with 20% while reducing the raw material consumption with 20% by improving the process control.
2. Show all your skills
As a software development engineer, you usually master more than just one framework or one programming language. So, it’s very important to present your full skillset. There’s no better place for that than a skills section. Mention all programming languages, frameworks, or technologies that you can work with. However, only list those where you have a level of proficiency.
Just like the resume above. Candidate’s skills include programming languages, web technologies, data modelling, big data, etc. All of these are highly relevant to the job position of software development engineer:
Software Development Engineer Skills Example
Web Technologies - Rest, Web Sockets, J2EE, HTML5, CSS
Data Modelling - JS0N, RDF, RDFS, OWL, N3, XML, XSLT
Data Management - MySQL, MongoDB, Redis, Lucene - SOLR, Memcached, DynamoDB
3. Use industry-specific keywords
It’s not very common to include a separate keywords section on your resume. Or a keywords subsection in your work experience section. But why not? It gives hiring managers a better overview of technologies that you have used while working for a specific company or a project.
It also helps your resume to get past ATS systems which recruiters usually use. Just write down the keywords from the job description and see where it overlaps with your skillset.
Software Development Engineer Keywords Example
IoT, team management, Big Data, machine learning, cloud infrastructures, java, solving complex problems
Resume sample pros and cons
What makes this resume good?
Good use of space – nice text/white space ratio.
Nice clear summary that neatly summarizes their professional experience, skills, and attributes.
Nice idea to include keywords in each job description. Just be careful to ensure these are absolutely relevant and necessary.
What could have been done better?