Did you know a quarter of all web stores worldwide are powered by Magento? That opens up big opportunities for you as a Magento developer—and it’s time to cash in! So how can you help ensure you’re getting in front of recruiters and hiring managers? With a killer resume, of course. This one little document is your ticket to interviews and your next developer position, but you have to get a few things right to capture the most attention for everything that makes you the perfect candidate.
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Magento Developer Resume Tips for 2019
If you’re fresh out of college, you’ll need a winning resume to bridge the gap between graduation and your first job. And if you’ve been in the working world a bit, there’s no time like right now to breathe new life into a dusty old document. You’ve made your resolutions, and you’re ready for what the new year may bring—why not give your resume the same advantages? Check out the following tips for a brand-spanking new and modern resume:
Two pages? Let it be! Gone are the days of trying to trim your resume back to one page. It turns out two-page resumes are more likely to land you more senior-level positions! Now, if you don’t have the content, certainly don’t fill your resume with fluff. But if you find yourself sweating it out when it’s time to give your resume a haircut, stress no longer: it’s fine if it spills onto a second page. If you’re a new college grad, this rule doesn’t yet apply: stick with a one-page resume until you can fill it up with all your work experiences.
Layout? Keep it simple. Hey, there, Picasso: your resume doesn’t need to be a work of abstract art. Remember: don’t send the recruiter or hiring manager on a visual scavenger hunt to find the information they need—they’ll simply stop looking and move onto the next candidate. Instead, keep your layout clean and logical, with plenty of white space and strategic bullets to break up sections that have a lot of information. Choose no more than two easy-to-read fonts and don’t mess around with too many font sizes.
Choose standard sections. No need to re-invent the wheel here. Just like always, recruiters and hiring managers are looking for information about you. And you can provide everything they need to know with the following sections: professional summary/objective, skills, work experience, and education. And of course—don’t forget to provide updated contact information at the very top of the page.
Sell, sell, sell. Your resume is about you… kind of. Really, it should position you in a way that shows how you’ll help your potential employer. Your professional summary, arguably the most important part of your resume, should describe your accomplishments in terms of how they helped past employers—with numbers, if you have them.
Put the key info in the top third. When faced with a stack of resumes, you’d probably do the same thing—skim. And a hiring manager’s eyes first land at the top of your resume page. So strategically position everything they’ll need to know right there: your name, title, contact information and professional summary.
Divide with clear labels. Since your resume will be skimmed, just help guide the reader’s eye with bolded titles for each of your sections.
Include key accomplishments. At the beginning of each job in your work experience, bullet out 3–5 key accomplishments from that job. Follow with a brief description of your role, the name of the company, title and dates employed.
Skip the pictures and logos. These can actually confuse resume-scanning systems. So if you were considering adding a headshot or logo from a past company—this is your public service announcement to leave them out.
Always customize. The basic facts will be present, but you can spike out different skills or details depending on the qualifications of each job to which you apply. For example, if you’re skilled in both Magento and Salesforce Commerce Cloud, but you’re applying for a Magento developer position, you’ll want to lead with skills and experience that apply to Magento.
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