You have probably heard people say that listing things like HTML and CSS in the skills' section of your resume is all that needs to be done to secure a job as a developer.
Rest assured - that’s a lie. Simply mentioning such skills without any context looks plain and might even sound shallow to hiring managers.
Just think about it - recruiters go through tens of resumes every day. If you want to make sure your resume stands out from the rest, you need to give them something more than just a skills list.
You’ll learn how to do this by the time you’ve finished reading this article. But first, let’s see why HTML and CSS are so important.
What are HTML and CSS, and why are they wanted on your resume?
Although they are considered to be two different core programming languages, HTML and CSS are most often used together.
In short, HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) dictates the content and structure of a webpage, while CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is responsible for the design.
Both of them are required to build a website. What is more - they are considered integral to web development.
Usually, recruiters will say if they expect you to have knowledge of and experience working with HTML and CSS in the requirements' section of the job advert.
And if they do, it’s especially important that you actually mention something along the lines in your resume. The use of applicant tracking systems that scan resumes for different keywords has become increasingly popular in recent years.
It’s now time to look at the different ways to feature HTML and CSS in your resume.
Examples of HTML and CSS skills for your resume
Despite the urge to write “HTML” and “CSS” in the skills’ section of your resume and move on to your other skills, you should focus on the ways to actually demonstrate these two. You could list some relevant skills, such as:
- Web development
- UI / UX design
- Photoshop and other photo editing software
- Cross-platform testing
It’s a good idea to mention some projects you have participated in that required you to have knowledge of HTML & CSS.
You can also list some of the courses you have taken to strengthen your skills in HTML and CSS. This will show recruiters that you are an inquisitive learner who is always ready to improve.