Programmer Resumes for College Seniors

How should college seniors write resumes that get interviews for roles as a software programmer?

A solid software programming candidate must have a solid grasp over at least one language (Java, Python, Javascript, etc). They should be able to utilize this language to create complex algorithms that run simply. On top of this, it is helpful if they know popular development frameworks, developer tools, etc.

What do you need to make a software company run? That’s right. Software programmers. By applying the latest and greatest technologies to various companies, they are able to make the world more efficient and headed towards a rosier future.

In this article, you will find:

  • A resume sample that is vouched for by recruiters
  • Tips from a software programmer on how to write a resume that stands out as a college senior
  • How to properly highlight your education & work experience
  • Hehind-the-curtains insight into how software programmers screen resumes.

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Programming jobs are in high demand. Improper resumes can filter candidates out too early.
Programming jobs are in high demand. Improper resumes can filter candidates out too early.


There are over 92000 open positions for this role within the United States posting an average salary of $92000. Getting your foot in the door with your resume is the most difficult part.

Below, you will find excerpts of an interview with a software programmer who will break down each section of the resume, share a brief overview of what stands out to them and provide bullet point examples you can use as you adapt your own resume.

Given that these professionals spend 6 seconds per resume, every bullet of every section has an important role to play in securing interviews.


Q: What should software programmer candidates include in their resume’s education section?
A: Software programmer candidates should include their undergraduate experiences. If it helps, they can include their high school experiences as well. Don’t forget any of the ‘mandatory’ parts like your GPA, other majors/minors, dates you attended each institution, etc.

Q: What majors are companies looking for in software programmer hires?
A: Computer science and computer engineering majors form the most natural link into the field. Lately, companies have begun to include Physics, Math and other engineering majors with more frequency. With the advent of coding schools and coding bootcamps, this is becoming yet another compelling talent pool for companies.

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Q: Should I only list work experience that relates to what a software programmer does?
A: If you have 3 unique work experiences where you were a software programmer, this makes you unique and quite a promising applicant for the role. If you are like most people and do not have 3 different software engineering internships, you should include what you do have. Be mindful to highlight software/hardware accomplishments while at these roles.

Q: What types of project experience are companies looking for?
A: For software programmers, companies are looking for both breadth and depth; a T-shaped person. The ideal software programming candidate should have a basic grasp of many coding languages and frameworks. However, there should be 1 or 2 frameworks that they demonstrate mastery in. Try and list project experiences that make this abundantly clear.

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Additional Experience

Q: Do I need to list my GPA?
A: Yes! Failure to list your GPA is often an immediate red flag on candidates, especially as they are coming out of school.

Q: What languages or frameworks should I list on my resume?
A: The answers on this are so varied as it truly depends. I would pick one stack that you are very familiar with. If it helps, I have been seeing Ruby on Rails, MEAN and MERN come up quite often.


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