Your first impression with any potential employer is your resume. My resume has been updated throughout the years but the structure of it has remained the same. The key to a software development resumes is to highlight your tools, languages, experience, and technical certifications. This is the second post in my resume writing blog series. For tips on writing your cover letter click here

Part 1 – Summary of Qualifications

Start with a paragraph briefly describing your best attributes. Use positive adjectives to help with this description.

Detail oriented Web Development professional with knowledge of multiple programming languages. Experienced in requirements gathering, and effectively translates business requirements into functional software.

My Core Strengths are:

– Java

– Oracle


Part 2 – Technical Skills

List of your technical skills divided into Programming Languages (C#, Java..), Database Management (MySql, Sql Server, Oracle…), Operating Systems (Windows Server 2016, Red Hat…), and Software tools (Visual Studio, Microsoft Office…)

Part 3 – Career Summary

List of previous relevant work experience separated by Company. With each company list highlights of your work, and tools you used. These tools should have been previously listed in the Technical Skills section.


XYZ Company, Toronto

August 2016 – present

  • Coding, compiling, testing, documenting and implementation
  • Liaising with external vendors regarding software engagements and troubleshooting issues
  • Providing on-going support to end users and other technical areas as well as performing related duties as assigned
  • Main Tools:
    • Visual Studio .Net 2010/2012/2013/2015, C#

Part 4 – Education Summary

List of educational institutions from which you graduated. If you were a part of any clubs or societies here would be a good place to include that information.

Part 5 – Rewards and Recognition

List of certifications and other awards that you received

And there you have it. The basic structure of a software developers resume. I hope that this helps in your job quest!

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