How to write a developer resume that’ll get you hired

A few years ago I gave a 40m talk at a small, local developers’ conference about writing a better resume. It went pretty well, I was pretty pleased with myself, and feedback was good.

A little later, I uploaded the slides and … things went a little bit crazy. The slides were (briefly) Twitter’s most shared slide-deck, it got written up in the mainstream media, and at the time of writing, it’s zooming towards 150,000 downloads.

If you search cleverly, you can probably find the original slide-deck. Heck, you can probably even find a grainy video of me giving the talk and begging the audience to pick up pens promoting my (at the time) new recruitment business.

The slides free then, and the content is still completely free now. But I’ve made some changes. I’ve rewritten about 50% of the slides based on feedback, based on some things that my opinion has changed about, and also just to clarify some points I don’t think I got across well enough the first time. I’ve also bundled it up as an e-book so you can read it on your mobile device or Kindle more easily.

Many of the concepts in the new book are also explored on this site — ideas like the interview gatekeepers are universally useful. But the book tries to take a step-by-step approach on how to write a resume that’ll really open doors for you, whatever point you’re at in your technical career.