Get your Web Developer Resume Noticed, with a Compelling Summary

Recruiters looking for web devs might not have a clear picture of what they need (programming? design? user experience? social media?). And since "internet magic" is a bit too vague, your resume should start with a resume summary: a very rich section designed to quickly demonstrate you've got what it takes! Let's look at two strong examples of resume summaries for web developers.

1. Highlights of resume for Peach Inc.

  • B. Sc. in Web Development with 8 years of LAMP development (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP).
  • Excellent communication skills, with ability to understand both technical and business concepts and requirements.
  • As the owner of [company], developed, enhanced and corrected more than 150 websites for small businesses.
  • Created new forms to collect and validate data from the user in HTML5 and JavaScript, which improved completion rate by 55%.
  • Managed hardware and software for eCommerce department in 2012-2013 (including budgets, purchasing/inventory) and assisted with deployment of assets, reducing costs by $83,000.

2. Summary for Tires ABC Inc.

  • 20 years of experience in technology, 12 of which in front-end web development, including Client/Server application design.
  • Extensive experience as a web developer specializing in MVC and Single Page Application (SPA) design, development and deployment in Linux and Windows environment.
  • Key accomplishment: Managed [company]'s 30 websites through entire project cycle from concept, design/layout, and development to hosting, upgrading and maintenance.
  • Key accomplishment: Converted Drupal site [redacted].com into HTML/CSS. Created an Accordion View for Drupal website [redacted].com.

The goal of the summary is to: 1. show you qualify and 2. build a strong first impression. And you do that very, very quickly, in a few bullets. Unless you're too early in your career, you should mention how many years of experience you have. Also touch on the sectors or tools you're good with. For example, try to highlight your expertise with certain programming languages, CMS or other tools.

Make sure your resume summary is tailored!

Always remember the job ad when preparing your summary. Maybe you'll see certain keywords in there that need to be emphasized. There's no such thing as a good one-size-fits-all resume. It has to be customized.

As I often repeat, accomplishments are the strongest elements of your resume, because they make you stand out from the crowd of web devs. On your resume, you want as many accomplishments as possible. But in your summary, you have to choose a few that seem most relevant for the specific job you're applying for. Which means that your summary repeats your key accomplishments. It's a smart thing to be redundant with the most valuable info on your resume! A potential employer won't mind that you insist on the fact that you've managed 30 websites or have improved form-completion rates by 55%!

If you write a strong summary using these tips, potential employers are much more likely to give your resume a good read. And that's a necessary step to getting more interviews!

More tips for web devs

If you're looking for more advice specifically for web developers, check out 5 accomplishments for web developers. But if you feel like 5 isn't enough, get the Web Developer Resume Hacking e-book!