A Front End Developer Resume with Impact and Personality

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Front End resumes face the same major challenge engineers and designers themselves face: balancing the need for technical skills along with essential soft skills. If they show a resume full of metrics and technical accomplishments, recruiters will be left wondering how well they can really understand customers as humans and fit into the company culture. Focus too much on design, human understanding, and other soft skills and the opposite question arises. Martin’s resume demonstrates how to get this essential balance just right.

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Martin’s Entrepreneurial UX, UI, and Front End Development Career

Unlike most front end professionals, the first major milestone in Martin’s career was founding a successful company. Since then, his career has focused on combining his entrepreneurial drive with the balance of hard and soft skills mentioned above. His resume gets this across by mentioning his passions alongside his technological skills and career successes. What makes his resume stand out ultimately comes down to three things.

  • 1. It shows him as a person and a professional

    As mentioned above, this balance is essential for front end work. Martin accomplishes this by including his passions and what he’s most proud of. There we can see that he has a driving passion for things like history and metaphysics. For someone looking to hire him, this demonstrates that beyond technical competence, he has a deep sense of curiosity which can be tremendously helpful when tackling truly difficult problems.

    Tip: consider what you can add to your resume to show who you are outside of the office, things like struggles you’ve overcome can be very powerful!

  • 2. It shows instead of telling

    Importantly, Martin’s resume doesn’t just state that he’s entrepreneurial. Instead, it’s demonstrated throughout. From helping to co-found podcasts to co-founding companies, traits like entrepreneurship are firmly demonstrated with real examples instead of empty buzzwords.

    Tip: avoid using empty buzzwords unless you can back them up with specifics

  • 3. It’s the right length

    With just over 10 years of experience, one and a half pages is the perfect length for Martin. Sure, he could add a lot more content to fill it up to two pages, but that would be a classic mistake. Your resume is about the person reading it, not you. So don’t add content for the sake of adding content, only add what makes your resume more effective and valuable for the recruiter reading it.

    Tip: In most cases (particularly if you have less than 10 years of experience) a one page resume is ideal.

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