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    Creating a resume

    I'm applying for a few web development jobs, and while I know I have the necessary skills and experience. Most of that experience is just from personal projects and what not.
    How do I go about creating a resume to show case my skills and experience, while not doing the complete opposite by making myself look inexperienced?

    Any guidance would be awesome!

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    Biggest thing is just don't lie. List your projects, list details of what skills each project required to complete, list major accomplishments with each project. Put the most notable thing on top. If your work experience is lacking, but you have lots of good projects, then put the project on top and work experience below that.

    Also buy and read the book Ace the IT Job Interview over and over-- it'll help a ton and it has a big section on writing a resume that will land you an interview, which is what the resume is all about. That author also wrote a book Ace the IT Resume but I haven't read it (it's probably good though).

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    Resumés are snapshots of you, so Fumigator is right on: don't lie and don't try to cram it full of things that are unneccisary. A lot of people in computers and web development don't have degrees in it, so your resume can push your skills but also show some of your other skills and talents outside of web development. Chances are if you can demonstrate some leadership or some kind of group working skills, you are a lot more marketable.

    Also take the time to setup a portfolio.

    I was told that you can and should try to push yourself into interviews for jobs which may seem a little challenging. One of the biggest traits beyond teamwork is enthusiasm for learning more. So if the job says "4 years of JavaScript experience" and you have only been working with it for 1 year, put yourself out there boldly and tell them why 4 years of experience isn't as important as someone dedicated to educating themselves on the latest technologies.

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    This is what I've got so far: http://marcus.noveis.net/
    (If this is not allowed, I apologize.)

    I think my objective needs to be rewritten.
    I'm not sure about how I've got my skills setup.
    Should I add more to the portfolio?
    Should work experience I have there even be listed?
    Is it a good idea to have the hobbies listed? If so, should I leave it at things related to the resume?


    Thanks again.

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    Do you have any relevant education? If you do, you'll want to include that on there.
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    Also try writing qualities other than web development skills which can help the company.
    All other persons who will be selected for the interview will have the web development skills so you have to prove that there are some qualities in me which are not in others which are going to help the company beside coding
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    Include your name, address with zip code, and phone number at the top of the first page. Write a brief objective indicating the type of position you are looking for, whether it is an internship, part-time or full-time position. Under Education section include Name of college or university, Degree and Date. Indicate your GPA if it will demonstrate positive academic performance. For each experience include job title, name of organization, location (city and state) and dates. Include skills used, scope of responsibilities and a description of your accomplishments. Avoid use of the personal pronoun "I" by using short phrases (not sentences). Use action verbs to highlight your skills and present yourself in a dynamic way.
    http://www.examplesof.com/resume/
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    I found a resume and cover letter writing blog that has been really helpful:

    http://resuweblog.blogspot.com/

    Here are some of the tips from the blog that I found particularly helpful:


    How can I build a boring/content rich resume?

    1. MS Word doc only! MS Word doc files are the standard and easiest for Applicant Tracking Systems to upload and parse.
    2. List your resume reverse chronologically - Most recent positions on top
    3. One font throughout your resume - Arial, Times New Roman, Georgia, and Garamond are best
    4. Black font color only
    5. 10pt, 11pt, or 12pt font size only. Stick with one font size throughout your entire resume.
    6. Let your resume flow to 2-3 pages if you have the experience (usually 10+ years or more)
    7. List all start and end dates for your positions in the Month, Year format (ex. January, 2006 to June, 2009)
    8. Optimize your resume content by including as many keywords relating to your skills, experiences, technologies, or activities you have worked with.
    9. Proofread. Every text editor, MS Word, and Google Docs all have built in Spell Checkers. There are no excuses for typos!
    10. Links to your professional blog or Twitter page to promote your personal brand. Only if you are 100% sure the content is professional.
    11. Optimize your resume (coming soon) with ResuWe at http://www.resuwe.com


    They also have a list of things that increase the risk of recruiters or hiring managers deleting your resume.

    Hope this helps you out!


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