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When applying for a position such as a software developer for a company, what does an interviewer notice most on my resume concerning the work i have done? Is he/she concerned with the amount of work i do with others(Open source projects), The specific accomplishments I've made in my field(programs, apps) or the amount of time i spend helping others(forums, mentoring)? For those of you who have applied and work/worked in a position similar to a software developer,In your personal experience, what do you think helped you the most in landing the job?

P.s. if 'software developer' is to broad a term, i would specifically enjoy working with teams to create large applications such as dropbox / google / skype etc...

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This really depends on the interviewer and what matters to them. –  Bernard Dec 6 '12 at 2:44
Some people, first check married/unmarried section. –  Manoj R Dec 6 '12 at 5:24

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The fact that it is in LaTeX..


Importance of sections on a tech resume

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That comic is true. –  Manoj R Dec 6 '12 at 5:23
+4 for a personal webpage that uses PHP? I suspect not. –  Carson63000 Dec 7 '12 at 9:27
@Carson63000 a lot of companies still use PHP. Although Rails is much sexier these days (= –  David Cowden Dec 7 '12 at 21:11

Well I am an interviewer, company owner and developer so I'd say this. We do a lot of Umbraco development so if that is what the position is for, this:

  • Umbraco 2 years, ASP.NET 2 years


  • Umbraco 0 years, ASP.NET 10 years

Mr 10 years will be smarter etc etc but will also cost me a lot more and won't get much more done on the Umbraco front.

All things being equal though, involvement in open source projects is a big plus as it shows a desire to work outside of a paid job. That or interesting, complex pet projects for the sake of mastering some crazy programming topic also count for a lot. Everyone I have hired who does work out of hours has turned out to be a killer developer.

Forums, who cares unless you have a huge score on StackOverflow. A lot of stuff in forums is trivial verbiage from my point of view.

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I had to interview devs when I worked in a tech lead position. So my take might be different than an hr person or manager involved in the same process. You really need to distinguish who the interviewer is before asking what they want.

The hiring manager usually has a different focus than I would even though we both are involved in the process. I would focus more on technical skills and he would be more concerned with the business skills, communication, and other "soft" skills.

In a general sense though the common theme of questions regarding the resume for all parties involved in the hiring process is to determine the accuracy and truth in the resume. I was surprised at the number of developers, native and foreign that lied on their resumes. I know it sounds naive, but I somehow assumed that our profession was above misrepresentations on resumes. Now I believe it's commonplace due to the increased demands for job competition, in my opinion. In my defense, I was in that role years ago and have learned a lot more since then.

On the technical side I would venture to say matching up technologies and years of experience in the candidate with what the position requires, desire to learn new things picking them up quickly, and a passion for the work play a large part in the hiring process. Vertical experience in the industry is generally a plus, but again, all this varies with the position and the company.

I've been able to get into positions and grow into them by having the above qualities and the fact that the company was having a hard time filling the position for the exact listed job requirement. For example, I've got a lot of ajax experience, so if a company is using a different library than what I've used before it's not a show stopper if they believe I can make the transition with the new technology, like Dojo to jQuery or vice-versa.

The reason I'm giving so many generalities is because what is important in one position and one company may not be the same for another.

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