How to avoid getting your front-end developer resume thrown out

Formatting

Brevity and length

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Technical Skills

  • Don’t list JSON and XML as “languages” or even “scripting languages”. They’re interchange formats, and they’re not even worth listing on your resume (except in the context of “JSON APIs”).
  • Don’t list APIs as a skill. APIs are a thing, not a skill. List something like“RESTful API access level management design” instead.
  • Don’t list every Microsoft product under software you know how to use. Of course you know how to use Microsoft Word. Just say “Microsoft Suite” or “Microsoft products”. The only thing that doesn’t apply here is Excel (and sometimes Powerpoint), which are applications that people can become extremely skilled at.
  • Don’t list HTML4. HTML5 implies HTML4 and below. Same goes for CSS3/CSS2. Also don’t list XHTML. When was the last time you heard someone even say XHTML?
  • Don’t list AJAX. It’s not 2009 anymore.
  • Don’t list “Waterfall” as an SDLC skill. Being in an agile company, I don’t want to work with someone who is comfortable putting up with waterfall processes. (I understand that you may want to include it because you’re desperate, but you must keep in mind the impression you give me, your potential hirer.)
  • Don’t misspell, miscapitalize, or misspace technology names. It’s WebStorm, not “Web storm”.

Portfolio projects

  1. A live demo that is easy to use (I don’t have to sign up to get an example of how to use it)
  2. A live demo that is not easy to use (I probably won’t bother signing up for it) with detailed documentation
  3. A GitHub project with detailed documentation AND screenshots, which I will appreciate
  4. A GitHub project with no documentation, which I will close immediately

Cover letter

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Internet enthusiast. Curator of http://www.glitchet.com/, an online futuristic news and art community/newsletter.

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