To even get an interview for a Front End Engineer position, we have to submit a resume that passes the company's resume screening process. There are many existing resources out there to help you craft a good Software Engineer resume but few are tailored towards Front End Engineers. For general Software Engineer resume tips, refer to Tech Interview Handbook.
On this page, we provide some front end-specific tips to help Front End Engineers improve their resumes and get to the interview stage.
Front End Engineers deal with user interfaces frequently and are expected to have a keen sense of design. It will reflect very poorly on you as a Front End Engineer if your resume isn't aesthetically pleasing.
Your resume doesn't need to be super pretty and fancy, it just needs to look neat and visually pleasing. If you have cash to spare, the quickest way to create an aesthetically pleasing and ATS-friendly resume is to purchase resume templates from FAANG Tech Leads.
The work experience section of your resume is the most important and should take up the majority of the space on your resume. It is important to highlight your contributions to your past or current employer's business goals in this section,
To improve ATS ranking of your resume, sprinkle "Front End" across your resume where possible. If your official title is "Software Engineer" but you have been doing a significant amount of front end development as part of your job, consider putting your title as "Front End Engineer" / "Front End Software Engineer" / "Software Engineer (Front End)" instead to improve the relevance.
It is common for people to make the mistake of not providing enough details about their experiences and achievements. To stand out, it is important to provide sufficient information about the scale, complexity, and impact of your experiences and achievements.
Here's a non-exhaustive list of front end-related technical achievements that are suitable to be mentioned:
The "Skills" section is a list of languages and technologies you possess and serves as a quick checklist/summary when ATS/recruiters/hiring managers read this section. At the minimum, you should have two list items for the "Languages" and "Technologies" categories:
Due to the huge number of different technologies that are required to build front end applications, you might find that you have many technologies to add into the skills section of your resume. However, do not add every technology! This dilutes the weight of the skills that actually matter. Prioritize the languages/technologies that:
If a skill appears in the job listing and you have experience with it, you should definitely add it in.
Libraries like React heavily influence the other accompanying technology choices while libraries like Underscore/Lodash are architecture-agnostic and can easily be swapped out. Prioritize the former and omit small/utility libraries that are easily replaceable.
This shows that you keep up with the modern front end ecosystem. The company might also be considering moving towards that technology and if you are experienced in that it's a plus.
Listing all of React, Angular, and Vue (all front end view frameworks) is overkill even if you are indeed familiar with all of them. Few job listings will list more than one technology that serves the same purpose (and it's a red flag if they do). Adding too many technologies (especially of the same category) makes it harder for the reader to get a sense of your skills.
Try to list at least one and at most two technologies that belong to the following categories. Not all categories will apply to you, so only include the relevant ones. Popular examples are shown below.
This would be how the "Skills" section on our resume looks like:
Open source contributions, especially non-trivial changes to complex code bases are seen as a sign of technical competency. Even better if you have created or are a maintainer of open source projects.
While Tech Interview Handbook's general Software Engineer resume tips are mostly sufficient for Front End Engineers, the tips above will help you to elevate your Front End Engineer resume and bring it to the next level.