Software Engineer/Software Developer CV [Full Sample]

Here’s a full Software Engineer/Software Developer resume sample, which we wrote for a client recently.

About the Software Engineer or Software Developer Role

Software engineers build computer applications and software according to rigorous software development methodologies and design principles. They are familiar with the entire software development life cycle, from requirement gathering to development, documentation, testing, debugging, and product rollout.

The best software engineers build scalable, maintainable and reusable code that is efficient and easy to understand. They juggle effectively between business and technology, and are able to translate complex business objectives into technical requirements.

Software engineers are also curious lifelong learners who consistently expose themselves to a variety of programming languages and frameworks. As these are always changing, the best software developers are constantly broadening their knowledge and skill sets.

Interested in a software development role? You can get a jumpstart through programming bootcamps. However, applicants with a Computer Science or related technical degrees are preferred candidates. A Computer Science degree reassures employers that the candidate has a basic understanding of overarching software development principles and patterns that a bootcamp may not teach. For applicants who do not have a Computer Science degree, it is best to showcase your skills with Personal Projects.

Because of the complex nature of the role, crafting a software engineer resume is rather unique.

What Hiring Managers Look Out For in Software Engineer Resumes

  • Specify the tools you are familiar with. Software development is a massive field with hundreds of languages, frameworks and tools. Be specific about the languages and frameworks you excel in, making it easier for Hiring Managers to understand if you have the requirements for the role.
  • Show more than tell – use your Achievements to demonstrate your proficiency. Describe how the projects you’ve worked on have contributed to your company’s revenue stream and bottom line. You could share how you have improved efficiency in operations or processes; for example, custom scripts you’ve written and implemented to enhance your team’s productivity.
  • If you are a fresh graduate, or are thinking of making a career switch to Software Development, mention personal projects that you have embarked on or completed outside of your day job. This demonstrates your initiative and zeal for learning, placing you a cut above other prospective candidates.
  • Show that you can work both independently and as part of a larger team or department. Some software engineers may prefer to think through complex problems on their own, but software development is often project-based work! Software engineers able to collaborate effectively with teams are sought after by recruiters.

Software Engineer/Software Developer Job Opportunities

  • Join LinkedIn groups or follow companies you wish to work for to keep abreast with new job openings.
  • Alternatively, you can reach out to these headhunters in Singapore to learn about any vacancies they may be trying to fill out.

Job Hunting Tips from our Resident Headhunter

Before You Go… Common Questions about Software Engineer Resumes

What should be on a software developers resume?

A software developer resume should start with a resume objective or executive summary that calls attention to your main talents and strengths. Follow this up with a rundown of your professional and educational experience, and summarise any additional information and references at the bottom.

What is your greatest strength as a software developer?

Technical skills are most important for any software developer, but this can be hard to get across within a resume. Highlighting your areas of expertise – whether that’s front-end, back-end or something else – it’s crucial if you want your resume to stand out.

How do you write an entry level software developer resume?

If you want to write an entry level software developer resume, you may want to replace your professional experience with other skills that you’ve acquired. This can be solo learning, volunteering or education experience instead.

Be sure to download this resume sample, which uses our tested-and-proven resume writing techniques, as a guide for your own CV. Best part is, this sample is available for free 🙂

And before you start sending out applications, send us your resume for a free CV feedback analysis from our team. We’ll review your CV in detail, share personalised feedback on its strengths and weaknesses, and show you how you can improve it.

Harry Suresh
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