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The Tech Resume Inside-Out [Beta release]

What a good developer resume looks like, and how to write one.

I've reviewed hundreds of developer resumes at tech companies like Microsoft, Skype, and Uber. This guide helps you craft a developer resume that represents you better, and thus increases your chances of making it through the screening process at tech companies. In this guide you'll get:

180 pages of specific advice and examples. What recruiters really care about, how to optimize for the first glance, what good structure looks like, avoiding biases and many other topics.

The hiring pipeline at Big Tech. Have you ever wondered what happens with your resume after you submit it, at big tech companies? The guide pulls the curtain behind the scenes from ATS systems, inbound sourcers, recruiters, and hiring managers and how they each look at resumes.

Principles to stand out with your resume - straight from the people running the hiring process. With insights from hiring managers and tech recruiters at Google, Facebook, and other tech companies.

Resume templates. The guide comes with 3 resume templates tailored for positions in tech. It analyzes further 8 popular resume templates for developers, giving trusted recommendations on formats to use - and ones to avoid, with links to all of them.

Not ready to buy just yet? Read some of the free chapters and grab one of the resume templates on TheTechResume.com

This is a beta sale

The final version will be published on or before 31 September. 

By buying the beta, you get all updates, including the final version. You will also get the ePub and .mobi versions.

What others are saying

"Being able to represent yourself well to hiring managers when applying for jobs is half of the battle. I've never read such an actionable guide to getting your resume in order, which can be the differentiator in a crowded job market."

- James Stanier, SVP Engineering at Brandwatch, author of Become an Effective Software Engineering Manager

"I've been a hiring manager for 25 years now and I can find little substantive to add to the excellent advice in the book. here seems to be an inverse relationship between the awesomeness of the best developers I've ever hired and the impact of their CVs. Hopefully, this helps the stars stand out more effectively!"

- Steve Ball, CTO at several high-growth startups

"This guide has served to me as a glue to all the advice I've received from others and my reading. Simply put: a resume's purpose makes more sense and I feel much more empowered in my career."

- Maroof Haque, full-stack software developer at IBM

Can I share this book with my team or others looking for jobs?

The license for this book is an individual one. Please, respect this license and don't distribute the pdf directly.
For anyone who has lost their job due to COVID, or is looking for their first developer job, contact me at thetechresume@pragmaticengineer.com for a complimentary copy.

For team licenses, I'll be setting up packages on launch. If you'd want team licensing for the beta, send a note at thetechresume@pragmaticengineer.com.

Refund policy

If what you get is not what you expected, just reply to the download email within 30 days, and you'll get a full refund. No questions asked.


Who is this guide for?

This guide is tailored for people applying for developer jobs with English-as-a-main-language large tech companies in the US, Europe, and India. The guide is especially relevant for companies with US headquarters: FAANG, unicorns, and fast-growing tech startups. The principles of the guide likely translate to other companies.

Are there more comprehensive guides than this one that I can access?

I've been trying to recommend a single resource that is tailored for developer resumes. The best resource I previously recommended was The Google Resume book. However, this book is out of print, and it is somewhat out of date. As of 2020, I do not know of a more comprehensive resource for developers, and for tech positions.

Is this guide relevant during the COVID-19 situation?

Yes - in fact, I started to write this resource in response to many developers losing their jobs, and having to directly apply to companies, with increased competition. Before COVID-19, resumes were, admittedly, less important for developers. Now, with hundreds of inbound applicants per role, a resume tailored to that position can make a big difference in getting that recruiter call - even when you don't have a referral in the company you are applying to. The guide has several sections with advice on how to stand out in this tough environment.

About the author

I spent a decade working as a software developer, from small startups, through investment banking, then at tech companies like Skype, Microsoft, Skyscanner, and Uber. I started as a junior developer, leveling up to senior and principal engineering positions before I moved into engineering management.

I've reviewed over a thousand developer resumes over the past few years and have given specific feedback to close to 300 of them in the last week of May 2020. I've struggled to recommend a resource for developers on how to write good tech resumes. I'm writing this guide to even the field between those who have access to recruiters and hiring managers who give feedback on their resumes, and those who do not.

Follow me on Twitter at @GergelyOrosz, connect on Linkedin, or read my blog on software engineering at PragmaticEngineer.com.

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