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PHP Developer Resume Samples: Tips, Examples & How-To Guide

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Volen Vulkov
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Updated on 2021-01-14

Ever gone through a codebase that has no comments and lacks clarity?

Most PHP resumes are like that for hiring managers.

One can only build a bad perception about your codebase just from a bad resume.

And, every bad resume that you send out is going to result in a rejection.

Wish you could do something like “pair programming” here?

Well, that’s what we are going to do.

Well, sort of!

We admit that creativity within a resume impacts your job application, but it is limited to an extent.

Writing a PHP resume (or any resume) is a far more scientific process that follows design, business ethics, and unspoken rules.

But don’t worry, we’ll be your navigator so that your resume won’t fail in production.

Here’s what you are going to learn here:

  • You’ll go through 3 amazing PHP resumes to see what it’ll take you to win the job
  • Tactically apply design and psychology towards building a PHP resume
  • How to make each and every individual resume section highly impactful
  • Craft a pixel perfect resume that’s hard to reject for anyone

If you closely follow our advice, you’ll end up creating a resume that looks like these.

PHP resume example

Derek Elmore
PHP Developer

+359 88 888 8888



New York, NY
My time
Family and friends
Cultivating vendor relationships
Researching industry trends
Thinking about innovations
PHP Developer
Schmeler2015 - Ongoing
New York, NY
Mentoring 4 team members
Using tech stack of Symfony2 MVC Framework, Php, MySql, Git, jQuery, Ajax, Bootstrap
Developed >20 WordPress templates
PHP Developer
Ledner Group2013 - 2015
Dallas, TX
Back-end development with Drupal 7 and Drupal Commerce
Managed to complete successfully more than 10 projects
Development and technical administration of a Magento 1 shop, including researching and migration to Magento 2
Grimes2011 - 2013
New York, NY
Working as a PHP Developer with a team of 7 members.
Junior PHP Developer
Gutmann2010 - 2011
New York, NY
Information Technology
University of New York2006 - 2010
New York, NY
3.95 / 4.0
My Life Philosophy
We’re on this planet for too short a time. And at the end of the day, what’s more important? Knowing that a few meaningless figures balanced — or knowing that you were the person you wanted to be?Sophie Kinsella

We’ll now try to pair up with you and see how you should write a resume for yourself.

How to write a PHP resume?

A decade ago, if you listed a programming language in your resume - you’d get a call.

Those days are long gone now.

Hiring managers now understand (for better) whether the candidate really knows PHP or not just by looking at a resume.

It isn’t uncommon to not take your resume seriously and face rejections despite having the right skills and experience.

During a phone interview, I was told that, by judging from my résumé, I might better look for a trainee position. One week later I applied at Smashing Magazine and was hired right away – full time.
- Marco Hengstenberg of Smashing Magazine@nice2meatu

Imagine someone being told that they aren’t worth anything because of their resume, and then the person gets hired at a reputed organization like Smashing Magazine next week.

Marco’s tale isn’t uncommon across tech resumes. Most PHP programmers fall victim to bad resumes too!

To find out the root cause, we sat down with recruiters and hiring managers to see how they actually filtered PHP web developer resumes.

They filter most resumes they get by:

  • Bad PHP resumes - Lack of frameworks, experience, and skills
  • Average PHP resumes  - Experience of working with frameworks, but don’t display engineering craftsmanship
  • Good PHP resumes - Candidates who can solve complex problems or have software leadership skills and are exceptionally skilled at PHP

Need a little extra motivation? Trust the code!


   // define a function

   function introduce($make="PHP developer resume", $objective="Job"){

     print "Let's write a $make that gets the $objective";


   // call function

   introduce("Kickass PHP developer resume")


Before you jump into writing a kickass PHP resume - the big question is..

How would you go from a blank paper to a nicely formatted resume?

First of all you need to add a few sections and then use a layout that’s right to neatly arrange those sections on a resume.

Top sections that your PHP resume should have:

  1. Header
  2. Summary
  3. Relevant work experience
  4. Your technical skills
  5. Certifications
  6. Achievements, publications and open source contributions
  7. Education

That gives us 7 resume sections to perfect. First let’s decide on a layout that fits the best.

The best layout for your PHP resume

A resume layout guides your hiring manager quickly scan for relevant information and highlights what you’d really want to sell them.

And from what you might’ve common observed is that there are 100s of resume layouts and formats. If that confuses you, we’ve got the perfect solution.

There are 3 broad classes of resume layouts:

  • Functional resume layouts: A resume that emphasises skills and relies on the reader’s judgement to map if the candidate is relevant.
  • Creative resume layouts: Takes your imagination and crafts a layout that may stand out (could be good, could be bad).
  • Hybrid resume layouts: A blend of modern design and creativity with an equal focus on skills and your work experience.

Out of these three, the best a hybrid resume layout. Why? Because you need to display programming skills, deployment skills, and your experience at the same time. It’s hard to see if any other resume layout can match that.

Here are some dimensions, padding, margin and text conditions that you might want to use to write your own resume if you are using MS Word or Google docs to craft your resume:

  1. Margin: 60 px on each side
  2. Padding: 60 px on each side
  3. Text size: Minimum text size for legibility is 12 px
  4. Dimension of individual sections: length of each section should be 940*120 px, anything more than that becomes a readability issue

Perfect, feel like getting a job as a “resume designer” now? You wish!

Let's now look at those 7 resume sections are a must have for your resume.

The value of an engaging PHP Resume header

We won’t spend a lot of time here, but we will quickly go over what you should place here.

The goal of crafting a good resume header for PHP developer is to:

  1. Make sure you help hiring manager with all credentials and right contact details
  2. Make an impact on the hiring manager

Too much to expect from a tiny-less-than-30-word section, right?

Take a look at these two header examples.

2 PHP web developer resume header examples