A complete full stack developer resume guide with examples

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Volen Vulkov
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Updated on 2019-08-13

Full stack developer’s resume == a Swiss army knife

That’s 100% true!

All you need in order to get that job is to prove that:

  1. You’ve mastered at least one relevant server side scripting language
  2. You’re good at at least one of database technologies
  3. And you can handle the client side

But that’s easier said than done.

Take a look at your old resumes and you’ll notice that you’re missing something.

You’re looking at your resume in isolation.

When you throw your resume between 100s of other resumes you’ll start noticing how difficult it really is to stand out.

Anyone who wrote a “Hello, World!” program (in any language) will call shotgun for the language proficiency within their resume.

You’ll have to demonstrate in depth that you know what you’re talking about. But, at the same time writing a 3+ page resume will risk you rejection too.

Writing a full stack resume is like walking on thin ice - you try too hard and you fail, you try less and you look lazy.

But, don’t worry!

We’ve prepared this guide to give you exactly what you need to win that job and have attached full stack resume samples too!

In this full stack developer resume guide you’ll learn the following:

 ✔ How to include full stack developer skills on a resume that reflect the job description

 ✔ Choose the right full stack developer resume template for your stack experience

 ✔ Creating the most powerful full stack developer resume summary or objective you can

 ✔ Even an entry level full stack developer resume can be effective by showing relevant skills

 ✔ How to include the right certifications on a full stack developer resume

Once you finish reading this guide, you’ll find your resume completely reinvented.

2 Full Stack Developer Resume Samples

We hope those resumes inspired you!

That’s a great first step.

How to write a great Full Stack Developer resume?

Being full stack developer doesn’t gives you the license to whack a hiring manager with everything you know technically.

Instead you should try to focus on showcasing that you’re the right “T-shaped” full stack dev for the job.

And, if you aren’t being careful enough, your resume might just say “I copy paste code from Stackoverflow blindly and deploy it to production”.

You resume has to provide context appropriate information to exactly show them(hiring managers) that:

  • You know the programming languages(server side, client side) and database technologies the role expects you to work on
  • That you don’t cost them a century worth of refactoring once you write a module
  • You’ve learned a lot and grown throughout your work experience
  • Blind “Cmd + C” from Stackoverflow is not the way you code
  • How you work with a team,  and that you help others become better at their work

The real challenge in writing a Full Stack developer’s resume

If you were to write a full stack resume a decade ago, you pretty much were covered just by ensuring that you’ve LAMP stack if your experience, summary and skills.

But full stack used to be small, and usually implied a precise set of skills at that time. Now, our what defines “full stack” is way bigger than before.

Take the simple movement of LAMP -> MEAN. That simple change implies that someone should be proficient with:

  1. Architecting modular front ends using Angular, Express
  2. Can optimize CDN
  3. Tweak hardware layers for faster rendering
  4. Write scalable architecture on AWS
  5. Knows security layers

So, how do you convey a huge information like with your tiny resume? Are you going to write a resume summary of 10 lines? Or, should you cram everything under your work experience?

That the real challenge!

Solution: Start with a resume layout

You’ve three standard resume layouts to select from:

  1. Functional layout
  2. Reverse chronological layout
  3. Hybrid resume layout 

There’s a 4th category too - “Creative resumes” but building a creative resume gets risky and often results into rejections(more than 70% of the times).

The best one is - Hybrid resume layout. Read more about why it isbetter than other resume layouts here.

Next thing that you should know is what resume sections to consider for building a full stack resume.

Top 7 sections to consider while writing a full stack resume

  1. Resume header with title in it
  2. A section for your professional summary
  3. Resume experience
  4. Resume skills
  5. Achievements and Awards
  6. Certifications

But, a format alone isn’t going to get you the job.

Writing a good Full stack developer resume header

Honestly, a full stack resume header needs just 4 critical things that it should have:

  1. Name
  2. Contact (email and phone number)
  3. Github, NPM or Stackoverflow links
  4. Personal blog link

While this may seem like a tiny detail, this actually helps you connect with the right employer.

When you add a personal blog or a portfolio link, you help them dive into a bit more about you.

Else, your resume will be scanned and evaluated in less than 6 seconds.

Jeff Atwood of Stackoverflow once wrote that

“If your Stackoverflow reputation is less than 125 and you’re a developer, you bring shame to your family”

That’s how important those links really are to a hiring manager.

Here are a few full stack resume samples that show you the difference.

2 .NET Full stack developer resume header samples

Markus Alonso
Full stack .NET developer
+359 88 888 8888
help@enhancv.com
72 Harvey Ave, San Diego, CA 92115
WRONG
Markus Alonso
Full Stack .NET Developer
+359 88 888 8888
help@enhancv.com
github.com/markusal, markusal.com
San Diego, CA
RIGHT

Writing a good Full Stack Developer resume objective or summary

Believe it or not, but there’s a COBOL code somewhere out there that’s going to outlive you in production.

Still, technology is ephemeral - your hiring manager knows that well. Full stack developers have to work with quickly evolving technology parts.

That’s why they’re concerned, they don’t want to hire someone who is going to fall short with the pace of change technology brings.

And, that’s why your resume summary shouldn’t reflect “my code will be unmaintainable after Angular 9”.

Instead, you should highlight that throughout your professional working experience, you’ve grown, learned new systems and technologies.

It’ll be highly convincing for a hiring manager if they can see that you quickly adapt to technology changes and mastered at building high performing/efficient systems using them.

You can do that simply by adding the following to your full stack resume summary:

  1. Mention the front end, backend and database technology that you’ve worked upon
  2. Make sure these technologies/frameworks you add are relevant to the role
  3. Add number the total work experience you have
  4. Must add details to showcase the scale and your business achievements

The full stack resume summary examples below will show you the difference of using a good vs bad resume summary.

Full Stack developer resume samples - Summary

Summary
Innovative optimized solution seeker. I am ambitious, adventurous, assiduous, animated, and an alliteration advocate.
WRONG

A good resume summary should look something like this:

Summary
A Full Stack Developer with 5 years of experience in Python, Django, Flask for Retail eCommerce, Javascript, MERN, etc. Received SPOT Award and Best Scrum Team while working at Digitalico.
RIGHT

How to include Full stack experience on your resume

Unlike your resume summary, a hiring manager here wants to dive deep in your work experience.

That means, you need to step back and bit and see what programming languages does the job demands.

Now, don't worry if you don't know all of these languages or frameworks. You still got a chance if you can show you learn quickly.

You resume skills will prove that.

But for now, let's take a look at couple of resume experience sections. See for yourself what makes a good work history in resume.

2 Full Stack Web Developer resume samples - Experience

 Let’s say you’re going to send your resume to John, the (fictional) COO of Intercom. You wrote your resume experience like this:

Experience
Full Stack web DeveloperCartfull Inc.
03/2017 - 05/2019
Denver, CO
Developed a ReactJS based application for inventory management. Created node services and stored data on MongoDB.
Implemented continuous integration and delivery
Learned new front-end technologies and implemented them
Built new API services for external partners
WRONG

There are a couple of problems that you can see with this resume experience.

First, to a hiring manager it would feel as if the candidate hasn’t put any effort in listing what he or she did.

Second, if you’re an experienced developer, this resume experience will get you rejected when it is placed between 100s of resumes.

Writing a ReactJS based application with nodejs and MongoDB could mean a lot of things when you put it without context.

A hiring manager usually would try to get the following context from your experience section:

  1. What was the quality of the frontend that you built? (Lighthouse score)
  2. What aspects of the work you were truly passionate about? (front-end, back-end services, databases, etc)
  3. What did you actually learned and implemented there?

But as you can see a hiring manager is unable to get any of that from what the resume experience says.

We will now try to rewrite this resume experience. Notice the difference.

Experience
Full Stack web DeveloperCartfull Inc.
03/2017 - 05/2019
Denver, CO
Designed, architected and wrote the front-end of our eCommerce application using ReactJS with 14,000 reusable components
Achieved a Lighthouse score of 100/100 on our frontend
Optimized service layers, request queues and MongoDB data model to handle request load of 74,000-96,000/sec during flash sales
Built a "UI leadership group" at FullStack Labs Inc. to mentor and train new engineers
Researched and documented needs of 150 external partners and built an API abstraction layer for seamless integration without breaking
Modernized our legacy Vendor management app originally built on Angular 2.0 to Vue.JS
RIGHT

But if you are a full stack java developer instead, follow the good and bad samples below.

On average, a Full stack developer handles more than 10 responsibilities and handles 5+ projects (big and small) in a year. To make sure you write the best work experience here, you need to pick your best 5 that makes the cut.

Full stack java resume samples - experience sections

Experience
Full Stack Java DeveloperOffice of The City of New York
06/2016 - 09/2019
New York City
Built GIS software for City of New York
Responsible for design, development and analysis of the application
Refactored application and implemented security
Improved web application front end performance
WRONG
Experience
Full Stack Java DeveloperOffice of The City of New York
06/2016 - 09/2019
New York City
Designed and implemented GIS application for the City of New York to allow critical parts of the app to handle 1,000+ concurrent requests and also be multi-threaded.
Improved legacy front end by replacing it with AngularJS, Tomcat API, Java and Spring. Resulted into 50% faster loading times for our data heavy GIS application.
Refactored the application to incorporate security with micro service with Spring Boot, Java and AWS Cognito.
Worked with a team of 11 people, developers, QA and scrum masters
Built CI/CD pipelines using Jenkins, Docker, Kubernetes and custom scripts - helping teams deploy more than 30 times in a day
RIGHT

Not only will you win an interview call with such a full stack resume experience, but you also appear as one of the most promising candidates too.

It really drives your full stack resume to perfection when you add skills to your resume.

Let’s take a look at some of the resume skills in the next section.

25 most important Full stack developer resume skills that you may want to add

You have some (or all?) of them. All you need is a little inspiration. So, here’s a list of technical and soft skills that you might want to add to your resume:

20 Technical skills for your Full stack developer resume:

  1. Javascript
  2. NodeJS
  3. Python
  4. Django
  5. Flask
  6. Java
  7. .NET
  8. Front end frameworks (Angular, React, Vue)
  9. Syntax knowledge of XML, JSON, etc.
  10. HTML, CSS3
  11. SourceTree
  12. Git
  13. HTTP & REST
  14. SQL
  15. MySQL
  16. MongoDB
  17. PostgreSQL
  18. AWS
  19. Azure
  20. Unit testing

While soft skills are a must have for senior full stack developers, but they weight in a lot more when it comes to an entry level full stack resume.

So, make sure to add some (or all) resume soft skills that you see below.

5 Soft skills that you should consider adding to your resume:

  1. Team leadership
  2. Communication
  3. Presentation skills
  4. Collaboration
  5. Research

Other sections for your resume

There are 3 more sections that you can consider adding to your resume

  • Certifications
  • Achievements
  • Contributions or Recognitions
  • Side Projects

These sections allow you to be a bit more playful about your resume.

For example, if we were asked to list a side project that’s all about Scheduling app, there are better ways than just listing out the project specifics.

We can talk about how product development, requirement analysis, design and planning was a critical part of the project in addition to the technical details.

Doing that helps you plan on other applicant’s weaknesses and make your resume stand out.

It’s a small thing to add, but leaves a powerful impact.

And, surprisingly, that's all what you need to make the best full stack developer resume.

Your final takeaways:

  • Focus on building a hybrid resume with less than 1 page, or a max of 2 pages
  • Add a resume header and make sure to have your Github/Stackoverflow/personal blog links in it
  • Total years of experience, your tech skills and proud achievements should be there within your resume summary
  • Show you not only know what the role demands, but you’ve consistently learned and grown within your professional working experience
  • Make a separate section for your resume skills and add both technical and soft skills to it
  • Consider adding separate sections for recognitions, achievements and certifications

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