Resumes are just one portion of your coding bootcamp application - accompanied by your portfolio of projects, GitHub profile and collection of recommendations. But by no means should they be overlooked! Coding and technology bootcamps are a recent addition to the higher education space, so the way you present your bootcamp education in your resume is a little different compared to what you may be used to.
Coding Bootcamp Resume Tips & Tricks
August 14, 2017
#1 DON'T LIST OUT EVERY SINGLE PROJECT
In a coding bootcamp, you'll build out multiple projects over the course of several weeks. That doesn't mean you should list them all out on your resume to make it longer - instead, focus on your top projects (most appealing, cleanest code, etc.) Recruiters or hiring managers won't be reading every word of your resume at first glance, so it's best not to overflow the page.
For the projects that are listed out, make sure to include a link to your GitHub profile!
#3 INCLUDE YOUR BOOTCAMP AS YOUR MOST RECENT EXPERIENCE
According to Course Report, most bootcamp graduates also have an undergraduate degree. Include both your college degree and your bootcamp graduation in your "education" section.
#4 MAKE SURE YOUR SUMMARY IS A SUMMARY
Briefly explain what you were doing prior to attending a bootcamp, and where you'd like to end up afterward. Consider segmenting your skills separately. Include the languages, frameworks, operating systems, and methodologies you have mastered.
#5 USE CAREER SERVICES!
Forget everything you ever knew about "career services" from back in college. These people are incentivized by nothing other than getting you into a career you'll love. Most bootcamps have set up partnerships with local (and national) companies who specifically love bootcamp graduates. If there are optional networking events, go to them. If you don't, your emailed resume might be overlooked for someone who made a personal connection.
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