Resume: work experience

Context

  • Explain what the company does (in several words).

  • Try to add why the company is impressive. Example: "the largest logistics company in Eastern Europe with clients in 78 countries."

  • If it's a resume file, not an professional networking profile, consider adding a link to the company website.

  • If it's a large company consider mentioning which team you worked on.

  • If it's an outsourcing company consider mentioning which project you worked on.

Language choice

  • For completed projects it is probably best to use the past tense with the focus on accomplishments (e.g. “developed") instead of a focus on responsibilities (e.g. “developing” or “develop”).

  • For projects in-progress you should usually use present tense (e.g. "developing"). Mention what you have accomplished so far.

  • Consider having a verb instead of just a noun, e.g. “developed a frontend for a patient management system” versus just “frontend for a patient management system”, this helps clarify what your role on the project was.

  • When you choose a programming language, database type, or made other big architectural decisions mentioned the word “designed”.

    • If you both designed and developed a system, mention “designed and developed”.

Add metrics

  • Try to make sure as many of your accomplishments are measurable.

  • If what you built has a lot of users mention the number of users, otherwise the reader will likely assume it has very few users.

Extra

  • If you used distributed computing and other cloud technologies (e.g. AWS) mention the technologies. I also recommend using the word “distributed”.

  • If you worked full-time while studying mention the word Full-Time in your role name (e.g. Software Engineer, Full-Time) otherwise the reader will likely assume you spent most of the time studying and worked part-time.