DevOps Engineer Resume Example and Guide for 2019

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Volen Vulkov
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Updated on 2019-06-04

Would you say “I don’t always test my code, but when I do, I do it in production” ?

I hope not, but when it comes to your Devops resume, that’s exactly what you’re doing!

Unfortunately, there’s no build pipeline that can take care of your resume and push the one that’s best.

Because it’s a role that demands broad skills, writing a devops engineer resume is indeed a challenge.

So, we did the hard work for you.

We wrote 100s of emails and asked everyone involved in hiring DevOps and wrote this guide based on what we learned.

With this guide, we’ll show you:

  • What we learned after talking to people hiring for DevOps
  • Adding what makes your resume better than 99% of applicants
  • How to improve job interview conversions with a high quality resume
  • How to demonstrate that you’re the one for the job

Let’s start by looking at a few devops resume examples

4 DevOps resume examples

Abdirahman Dickinson
DevOps Engineer
+359 88 888 8888
help@enhancv.com
www.example.com
Richmond, VA
Education
HSC
University of Richmond2006 - 2010
Richmond, VA
GPA
3.85 / 4.0
My time
ABCDEFGH
A
Documentation
B
Working at the office
C
Badminton
D
Engineering team support
E
Cooking
F
Family and friends time
G
Sport
H
Automation
Experience
Sr. DevOps Engineer
Digium Inc2015 - Ongoing
Richmond, VA
Managed a Chef environment with 250 roles, 400 cookbooks, and 3,000 nodes
Created the new PCI-DSS RHEL 6 hardening for the company
Completed data automation project 3 months ahead of schedule and $80k under budget for our manufacturing sites in China.
DevOps Engineer
Accenture2013 - 2015
Irving, TX
On call 24/7 as a L3 engineer.
Have experience working on Microsoft Office 365 system.
Maintained and optimized a 40-node ElasticSearch cluster that collects 1 billion documents daily
DevOps Engineer
Igate2011 - 2013
Richmond, VA
Worked with a team of developers to develop Human Manager using Spring and Angular
Junior DevOps Engineer
Accenture2010 - 2011
Richmond, VA
Languages
EnglishNative
SpanishProficient
KoreanBeginner
Skills
ansiblelinuxgitawsdevopspythondockerpuppetapachejavajenkinsmaven
My Life Philosophy
Human resources are like natural resources; they're often buried deep. You have to go looking for them, they're not just lying around on the surface. You have to create the circumstances where they show themselves.Ken Robinson
Passions
Coding
Algorithms
Healthy Lifestyle

The question that you still have is...

How should I write a devops resume?

We hope those resume examples got you inspired.

But to write a good devops resume, you need to take a few steps back.

You need to look from a recruiter's perspective on what they value the most in a resume.

You then have to focus on presenting your information in a way that it is easy for a recruiter to scan.

And then, your resume will be tweaked to reflect you as a person.

That’s it!

What do recruiters value the most in a resume?

Most recruiters and tech leaders valued impact over everything else in a devops engineer resume.

Some value real impact so much that they exclusively filter “tricky pony” devops resumes and toss them to bin.

And the way most hiring managers do that is by looking at the resume experience.

Skills and tooling familiarity are of secondary importance.

Overall, the resume has to scream culture, as DevOps is all about reflecting your knowledge and experience with DevOps practices and methodologies.

And note that most recruiters will use keywords to map relevance between who you are and what the role needs.  

So, the right resume:

  • Has the right keywords placed in it
  • Builds a story of what you’ve done
  • Describes the technical work you’ve done in a brief, yet comprehensive manner
  • Would reflect the impact you made
  • Contains your skills and certifications

Perfect, but what should be your DevOps resume layout?

The best resume layout for Devops

We’ve already found the answer for you!

Given the diverse experience, tooling, skills, certifications, etc. we usually see in a Devops professional - you have two options:

  • Follow a reverse chronological format
  • Follow a hybrid resume that follow the reverse chronological layout but also highlights your skills and personality

We’d highly recommend building your resume using second layout if you are considering a career change.  

And because you need to display a sharp focus on culture, show diverse skills and highlight the impact you made. Other layouts, like a functional one, don’t make a cut for a Devops resume.

How to write a DevOps resume header

The header of your resume should primarily contain your name, job title, experience, contact, email, and location (not your full address).

It’s important that you make it look tidy and share only the required information in this section.

If you have a certification like DOL, DSOE, CDA, DTE, CASM, CAPO etc.,  you should mention that in the header as well.

Remember to be concise.

Example of good and bad DevOps resume headers

Maria Garcia
Junior DevOps Engineer
+359 88 888 8888
help@enhancv.com
3111 Baker Avenue, Fort Worth, TX, Texas
WRONG
Maria Garcia
AWS Certified DevOps Engineer
+359 88 888 8888
help@enhancv.com
github.com/mariag/, www.mariagracia.com
NYC
RIGHT

When a recruiter sees the above header and your contact details, all they want to do is scroll down to make sure the rest of the resume reflects the same quality.

If the header is cluttered, the recruiter is most likely expecting the resume to be heavy with unorganised information and skip to the next resume.

Adding any blogs you have written and a portfolio link to contributions you’ve made on stackoverflow or github gives you a huge advantage.

Since, more than 95% resumes don’t have these in their resume heading, your resume stands out.

Let’s move on to the next important thing - your resume summary.

How to write a resume summary or resume objective for Devops

A good resume summary makes your resume sticky. This is extremely helpful, especially when you think about a recruiter who’s just going to spend a few seconds glancing through your resume before making a decision.

Write a good resume objective and you’ll have the hiring manager’s attention (and possibly the job).

Let’s look at a few resume summary examples.

Our goal here would be to help you understand what makes a resume summary good or bad.

DevOps Resume Summary examples  

The first resume summary is from a DevOps Engineer resume

Summary
Dedicated Linux and Open source professional seeking a Senior DevOps Engineer role. Brings industry certifications to your organization with an always learning attitude. Practical experience with AWS, Docker, and OpenStack.
WRONG

We are not saying that this resume summary is garbage, but when there are 300 other applicants, it isn’t going to help you make the cut here.

Now, go through this one

Summary
Spent 10 years developing the skills to increase velocity, reliability, and quality for BFSI vertical with a high focus on security. Deep experience with AWS, Docker, Kubernetes, and Openstack, helping organizations instill Devops for the modern age.
RIGHT

A hiring manager reading this devops resume objective would learn that you’ve worked for 10 years in BFSI and that you are a do it yourself person.

If the job application demanded someone that fits this criteria, you just got the recruiter’s attention, congrats!

AWS devops engineer resume objective

Here’s a good way to see how pushing specialization into your resume summary makes your resume even better.

Summary
Skilled DevOps Engineer with 5+ years of experience in DevOps processes and automation.
WRONG
Summary
AWS Certified Solutions Architect, Certified Developer, and Certified SysOps Administrator with 5+ years of technical experience in CI/CD pipelines and AWS instructure design DevOps.
RIGHT

As a general rule, we would suggest the following for writing a resume summary:

  • Listing specialization within resume summary increases the impact. Let’s say if your specialization is in security, it should be up there on your devops resume summary.
  • Mention tools and the impact you made in the summary

Now, a recruiter is curious to learn more about you, how you work, and how you fit in the job requirements.

Let’s see how you can cover that via your devops resume experience.

How to write a winning devops resume experience section?

We had a very interesting conversation with an Engineering manager at a top Silicon Valley company. We asked her what she really looked into while looking at a DevOps manager resume experience.

Here’s what she said: “We try to filter ‘trick ponies’ and are trying to see if a candidate’s experience reflects a high degree of problem solving capacity.”

She further elaborated and told us that “Rather than talking about 1,000 great things you can do, it would help me if I can see whether you implemented a docker container that was conformat to SACCC Matrix”.

We spoke with her for another hour, and using 10 other sessions like these collected a bunch of good and bad resume experience examples for you.

Examples of good and bad devops engineer resume experience

Experience
DevOps engineerInfoq Global
2016 - 2019
Location
Developed DevOps Infrastructure.
Responsible for server management.
Code reviews and process automation implementation.
Built the CI/CD automation pipeline.
WRONG
Experience
DevOps engineerInfoq Global
2016 - 2019
Location
Analyzed, reviewed and finalized the design on tools implementation, build and deployment automation for 30+ services.
Designed DevOps infrastructure from scratch for 12 product lines.
Migrated 10 different on-premise full SaaS stack to Kubernetes.
Achieved 99.99% uptime for Cloud services on SLA.
Reduced lead times by 15% and failures by 78% using Puppet and Zabbix.
RIGHT

While the first one gets tossed, the second passes all criterias for a hiring manager. Add your own specialization to the second resume experience (engineering, SRE, security, etc.)

Examples of good and bad devops manager resume experience sections

Experience
DevOps ManagerSystrix
2018 - 2019
Location
Managed a team of engineers for our financial product.
Responsible for process automation.
Implemented training and development programs .
WRONG

It hard to get anything from this resume experience, let alone get a feel of Devops. And someone with this resume experience in DevOps is most likely to get their resume tossed.

Experience
DevOps ManagerSystrix
2018 - 2019
Location
Acted as a Director of DevOps and reported to VP Architectures and managed distributed teams (1 NYC, 2 offshore in India).
DevOps architect for Systrix Terraform pipeline (enterprise scale): Kubernetes and Jenkins.
Redesigned and upgraded Systrix hostel spending model from $15M dollars to less than $1.3M AWS hosting model.
Worked with a team of 5 engineers to build in house capabilities to administer and monitor full thousands of Systrix nodes.
Deeply instilled DevOps culture across a 100+ sized engineering team and moved away from 3 months release cycle to a 1-click release.
RIGHT

Someone reading through the last summary example can’t just keep themselves from contacting you.

How to write a DevOps resume with no experience

DevOps is primarily a role for experienced professionals, and so far has been dominated by them.

But, the industry is now changing. And thanks to open world of MOOCs and Opencourseware that employers are now hiring entry level professionals with no prior DevOps experience.

Clearly, you’ve a shot at getting that entry level DevOps job.

Entry level DevOps resume example

Experience
Jr System AdministratorMarketplace Systems
2018 - 2019
Location
Maintain TFS and Jenkins for dev CI/CD pipeline.
Maintained build and release notes for dev team.
Helped set up Vagrant, Ansible, and managed AWS resources.
RIGHT

See how putting the right things into context delivers you a great entry level DevOps resume?

We’re 80% there now!

Imagine a recruiter getting two Sr devops resume. Both have a good summary, header, layout and experience. But one Sr devops resume gets accepted and the other one gets rejected.

Why?

Let’s see in the next section.

List your important devops certifications

The reason the other resume got rejected was “certifications”.

Certifications not only reflect that you are a risk free hire, but they often also reflect deep passion and curiosity.

So, craft a special section within your resume and add your resume certificates there.

Some Devops certifications that are highly valued by hiring managers are

  1. AWS DevOps Certifications
  2. Red Hat DevOps Certifications
  3. DevOps Institute Certifications

But, you know what makes this resume 100% perfect? Your devops skills in your resume.

9 skills to list on a Devops resume

  1. Soft skills for better collaboration
  2. Frequent testing and incremental releases
  3. Programming language skills: Javascript, Bash, Ruby, etc
  4. Datastores: MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, ElasticSearch, Redis, Memcached,
  5. TDD, CI/CD
  6. Deployment pipelines
  7. Pair programming
  8. Tools: Packer, Vagrant, Ansible, Puppet, CloudFormation, Docker, Docker Compose, Kubernetes, Kops
  9. Cloud: AWS, Azure, OpenStack

That’s how you build a perfect Devops resume.

But, before you start writing yours, let’s summarize.

  1. Make sure that your resume is a modern layout hybrid resume
  2. Make sure your resume summary is highly impactful
  3. Display the impact and scale of your work in your resume experience section
  4. Add certifications and skills to your resume

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