Front-end developers have an extremely complex job. They are typically responsible for coding the navigation, layout, and design of web properties, which means they must master the intricacies of programming, UI/UX, and more. Given all of this, what does the ideal front-end developer resume template look like?
Also, if you have creative skills such as graphic design, you’ll want to show them off, including how you’ve used those skills in the past. Hired CTO Dave Walters suggested that when it comes to highlighting relevant experiences, it’s always better to “show” than tell.
“Creating a GitHub profile with shareable projects is the most respected way to showcase that expertise,” Walters said. Just make sure these projects have thoughtful and organized code and design. If the project has incomplete code, it’s beneficial to leave comments in the code explaining why things were left out, so the reviewer has context.
“It’s very common for engineers to be time-constrained and later return to a section of code to refactor it,” Walters said. “Providing clear notes on this process can ultimately be the deciding factor in a manager’s hiring decision.”
Front-end developer resume template
Before we go any further, let’s take a moment to look at a sample front-end developer resume template:
Josh Oakhurst, vice president of product management at Bayard, an advertising agency specializing in recruitment marketing, explained that on a front-end developer’s resume, a link to a candidate’s portfolio a position should be given priority. This would be followed by links to any website, software or application they created, and finally a link to GitHub or other code repositories that show their recent activity.
“After that, the technical skills should be benchmarked, along with examples of the impact they created for the businesses they served,” he said. “It’s also beneficial for job seekers to show how they bring a problem-solving spirit to their day-to-day work.”
When it comes to skill sets like languages, libraries, frameworks, and testing, it’s good to just list them in a skills section. “I recommend referencing actual skills you’ve retained and honed and avoiding listing every library you’ve played with,” Oakhurst said.
Jakub Kubryński, CEO and co-founder of DevSkills, suggested using a separate section in the left or right column for skills, alongside a work experience section summarizing your previous roles and responsibilities.
“When creating a list of these skill sets, you have to remember to put the ones that are most relevant to the role at the top of that list,” he said. “Please also remember to be humble. If you only used a certain framework once in a project that ended 4 years ago, you probably shouldn’t include it at all in your resume.
If in doubt about what to include, re-read the job posting, note the skills listed that you know well, and include them in your resume.
Show your impact
Oakhurst noted that links to working software, websites, apps and code repositories are “much more important” than resume layout and design. “That said, if a job seeker is asked to submit a traditional PDF resume, minimalism is encouraged,” he said. “It’s important that the font be easy to read, concise and free of spelling mistakes.”
He added that some people just want to kick off code and design cool widgets, but front-end developers who can communicate how they’ve improved the business through their work will always have an advantage. “Speak the language of ‘increased revenue’ or ‘saved expenses’ and you’re ahead of the game,” Oakhurst said.
Kubryński agreed, pointing out that failing to focus on impacting your work in a measurable way is one of the biggest mistakes you can make on your resume. “Companies hire employees for them not to do random cool stuff, but to solve practical business problems, right?” he said.
When applying for a front-end developer role, Walters said, candidates should make sure their resume is concise, clean, and easily conveys key experiences, skills, and strengths. Recruiters and hiring managers are often under severe time pressure and will likely only take a few seconds for their first resume scan.
From Kubryński’s point of view, job seekers should not spend too much time on resume design. “While you have to have some aesthetic sense as a front-end developer, that role is still technical at its core,” he said. “Follow a thoughtful logical information structure, avoid funny or unprofessional fonts like Comic Sans, check your spelling and grammar, and you should be safe.”