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Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual by John Z. Sonmez

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Chapter 17. Resumes are BORING—Let’s fix that

Have you ever gone on a vacation and seen those racks that are filled with dozens of colored brochures about all the local attractions in the area? Ever picked up one of those brochures and looked at it? Most of them are full color, three-page, beautifully designed works of art. I’m not kidding. You can tell that quite a bit of work went into designing that pamphlet to convince you to spend $100 to go parasailing or rent a ski jet.

Now, contrast that with the average developer’s resume: a single-font, double-spaced, five-page monstrosity, complete with grammatical errors, typos, and poorly structured sentences full of phrases like “spearheaded” and “results focused.”

A typical resume doesn’t ...

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