Universities and academic institutions need web developers who can create engaging websites and maintain them. In the following article, I have highlighted some guidance on how to create a successful CV if you are applying for a web developer role within the Higher Education sector.
What does a web developer do?
Web developers working as back-end developers are responsible for the technical side of websites (functions that you cannot see). Front-end developers build websites and applications that users interact with. Full-stack developers may work cross-functionally on the front and back end.
You will find a template below which you could use to create your CV. Please be aware that the suggested CV is only an example. Use it as a template, however, make sure that your application is tailored to the job you are applying for.
- Read the job description
Prior to starting to draft your application, do explore the job description to see whether you have the relevant experience and qualifications. You might also want to think about what would help you stand out from other candidates. It could be a real advantage if you have previously worked in a similar web developer role for other universities.
- Create a personal profile
This part is a snapshot of your application and it should include a brief description of your skills and experiences. Try to use specific and clear language:
E.g. A UK-based senior engineer with over 10 years experience in software development. Experienced in managing teams, providing supervision to engineers and software architecture. Demonstrates excellent organisational and interpersonal skills. Displays a positive outlook to all challenges, is flexible and can manage priorities.
- Highlight your educational background
In this section, list any degree and diploma level courses in reverse chronological order (starting with the most recent one). If you are currently studying for a qualification which is relevant to the job, do remember to include this and mention the expected completion date.
- List your technical skills
Make sure that you also list some specific web developer soft skills such as:
Effective Communication, Flexibility, Critical Thinking, Organisation, Problem Solving, Team Working, Creativity, Time Management, Visual Thinking, etc.
- Outline your professional experience
Your professional experience section is the ‘heart’ of your CV. You might find that you spend the most amount of time writing it. This is the part that recruiters look at both before and after the interview. Do provide a list of your previous roles in reverse chronological order. If you have previously worked for a number of employers, you might find it helpful to go back no more than 10 years.
The following questions will help you to develop this section:
- Have you managed a team of developers working on a significant project?
- Have you managed budgets in the past?
- Have you coached or trained junior developers?
- Have you been involved in streamlining web development processes?
Try to be as specific as possible when describing your roles: increased UX scores by 30%, trained over 10 junior developers, and achieved a 20% increase in eCommerce sales as a result of mobile app development.
There are a few web development skills that hiring managers are keen to see. These may include programming languages, types of software, troubleshooting, testing and debugging, optimisation and UX/ UI knowledge. Do clearly indicate if you have used these skills.
- List additional courses/ other relevant info
You might find it helpful to provide details of any additional courses you have completed. These might include people and project management courses, soft skills training or any other professional development events you have taken part in.
- Present it carefully
According to a recent Eye-Tracking Study, recruiters spend approximately seven seconds reading a CV. A small grammatical mistake could lead to your CV being rejected within a few seconds. You might also find it helpful to ask a trusted friend or a colleague to proofread it.
Creating a bespoke CV for each of your job applications is a time-consuming process. However, the more time you invest in crafting your application, the more likely you will be to land the job of your dreams.
CV template for Web developers
Your Full Name
A UK based senior engineer with over 10 years’ experience in software development. Experienced in managing teams, providing supervision to engineers and software architecture. Demonstrates excellent organisational and interpersonal skills. Displays a positive outlook to all challenges, is flexible, and able to manage priorities.
Jan 2022 Qualification 1: MSc Web Development – distinction
University of Roehampton
Month/year Qualification 2
Name of the university or education provider
Month/year Qualification 3
Name of the university or education provider
Soft skills: Effective Communication, Flexibility, Critical Thinking, Organisation, Problem Solving, Team Working
Job title 1: Web Developer 2020 – Present
Name of the employer
- Meeting with senior stakeholders to determine website needs
- Creating and testing applications for websites
- Maintaining and updating websites
- Quality-test and troubleshoot websites/applications in a range of browsers
Job title 2:
Job title 3:
Job title 4:
Job title 5:
- The Web Developer Bootcamp 2022 – Udemy
- Advanced Project Management course
Professional Associations/ Scholarships/ Publications and presentations/ Additional projects:
References are available upon request.
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- What do employers look for in a CV?
- CV Advice Webinar
- Preparing to Change Jobs? Make sure your CV is ready too!
- Is Your CV Too Long? 6 Effective Fixes