Java Developer Resume Template & Examples

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If you’re looking for a new job, you may have heard that Java developers are in high demand. And if you’re a Java developer, you may be wondering how can you make your resume stand out from the crowd?

Don’t worry. We’ve got your back! In this guide, we’ll show you exactly what makes a good Java developer resume and how to put together one of your own—so that when the hiring manager comes across it, they’ll know that they want to meet with you!

Methodology

To build our java developer resume guide, we analyzed 125 java developer resumes and 48 java developer job postings using machine learning to identify the most common elements of good java developer resumes and the things employers ask for most often when hiring.

We’ve also built a database of over 600,000 publicly available resumes from different professions & analyzed how the best resumes were written. 

It’s always good to make your resume unique and to follow best practices. This guide will help you understand what you need to include to make it competitive based on a large set of data from real resumes and real job listings.

You can read about our methodology in more detail here.

Java developer resume objective data + java developer objective examples

Do java developer’s need to include an objective on their resume? 

The general advice for resume objectives and professional summaries is still true (read our guide on resume objectives), but here’s what the data says for java developer’s specifically:

  • 17% of java developer’s included an objective section
  • 68% of java developer’s included a professional summary
  • 27% of java developer’s included neither an objective nor a summary

Java developer resume objective examples

Productive and meticulous software developer able to hit KPIs independently or as part of a team. Looking to join a reputable company as a software developer to help meet aggressive benchmarks.

Grounded and productive software developer able to succeed independently or collaboratively team. Looking to join a reputable company as a software developer to help meet aggressive benchmarks.

An IBM Certified Software Professional having 8+ years of experience with design, implementation, and application development (SDLC), seeking a Software Developer position.

Seeking challenging career with a growth oriented organization preferably in the domain of Software Development & Software Programming.

Around 7 years of IT experience in analysis, design, development, deployment and implementation of Core Java oriented enterprise-based application and Testing of web based, client server applications with strong understanding of Java and J2EE technologies.


Skills for java developer resumes

The best skills to put on any resume will be the ones most relevant to the job, but based on our analysis, these skills are among the most common on java developer resumes, which means they can be a strong foundation and are probably good to list on yours (if you’ve got them).

To learn more about how to fully leverage your skills section, check out our guide to resume skills.

*Note: our machine learning essentially picks up common words and phrases in skill sections, so you may have to extrapolate what skills are needed based on your own professional experience. 

Most common java developer resume skills

Most common hard skills for java developer resumes: management, informatica, jquery, json, and html5.


Most common soft skills for java developer resumes: analytical skills, creativity, detail oriented, communication skills, and problem-solving skills


Other good java developer resume skills

  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • Hibernate
  • SQL
  • Database
  • Software Development
  • Software Engineering
  • J2EE Web Services
  • AngularJS
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Jenkins
  • SOAP
  • User Interface Design
  • Tomcat
  • JQuery
  • Web Development

Java developer skills section examples

Note: we formatted all these examples the same way here for the sake of simplicity, but you can read about skills section formatting in our guide to resume formatting.

Java developer skills example 1

Java | management | hibernate | sql | informatica | jquery| database

Java developer skills example 2

JavaScript | analytical skills | software development | analytical skills | software engineering | analytical skills | j2ee web services

Java developer skills example 3

Tomcat | angularjs | creativity | communication skills | jenkins | analytical skills | soap

Work experience for java developer resumes

Work experience is perhaps the most important part of any resume, and it’s no different for java developer resumes. 

For more detailed info on work experience sections specifically, check out our guide for writing a good work experience resume section and our guide for building a resume with no experience.

In general, when applying for java developer jobs, you want to highlight the experience most relevant to each specific position. Here are a few samples.

Java developer work experience examples

WORK EXPERIENCE

Sr. Associate Java Developer

Cogent Data, 2021-2022

Responsibilities

  • Analyze the results of their experiments
  • Analyze users’ needs and then design and develop software to meet those needs
  • Collaborate with scientists and engineers to solve complex computing problems
  • Create and test applications, interfaces, and navigation menus for a website
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams showing programmers the software code needed for an application

WORK EXPERIENCE

Associate Java Developer

Don’t Break a Bill, 2017-2022

Responsibilities

  • Create prototypes and mockups of websites or applications
  • Create test plans, scenarios, and procedures for new software
  • Contribute to all stages of software development lifecycle
  • Design, implement and maintain Java-based applications that can be high-volume and low-latency
  • Analyze user requirements to define business objectives

WORK EXPERIENCE

Java Developer Intern

Jaguar Ventures, 2011-2012

Responsibilities

  • Define application objectives and functionality
  • Ensure application designs conform with business goals
  • Manage Java and Java EE application development
  • Develop documentation to help users
  • Support continuous improvement, investigating alternatives and technologies, and presenting for architectural review

Education for java developer resumes

Unless you’re applying for academic positions or don’t have any work experience, your work history will be more important than your education.

Still, education is usually listed on resumes, and often, java developer job postings list a minimum education requirement. 

See our guide for education on resumes for more detailed information.

Data from our sample of 453 java developer resumes

  • 1% java developer resumes listed an associate’s degree
  • 54% java developer resumes listed a bachelor’s degree
  • 43% java developer resumes included a masters degree
  • 0% java developer resumes mentioned a doctoral degree

Java developer resume education examples

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Management Studies

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2021

Awards & Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Foreign Language Award

EDUCATION

Associate of Applied Arts

FLS International – Las Vegas, 2017

Certifications for java developer resumes

Not every job requires certifications, but certifications can almost always improve your odds of landing an interview, and there certifications for (or related to) nearly all jobs. 

In fact, we wrote a playbook for listing certifications on resumes.

Here are a few certifications that can help java developer’s specifically, according to CareerOneStop.

Java developer certification examples

CERTIFICATIONS

AWS Certified Developer – Associate

Amazon.com Web Services, 2021

Certified Application Developer

Institute for the Certification of Computing Professionals, 2017

CERTIFICATIONS

Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert, AWS Certified Developer – Associate, Certified Application Developer

Java developer resume action verbs

After analyzing over 600,000 resumes, we built a huge library of of action verbs and cross-referenced it with our sample of 453 java developer resumes and job postings to find which action verbs are most commonly used by java developer’s and java developer employers.

The most common action verbs on java developer resumes are: design, code, test, process, and create.

The most common action verbs on java developer job postings are: develop, build, report, implement, and lead.

Other action verbs for java developer resumes: 

  • Review
  • Manage
  • Document
  • Engineer
  • Track
  • Improve
  • Built
  • Program
  • Perform
  • Run
  • Review
  • Manage
  • Document
  • Engineer
  • Track

Full java developer resume example

We created a couple complete java developer resume examples to help you see how all this fits together. Yours can be better than this. This is just a basic illustration. 

To see “perfect” examples, check out our showcase of resume examples.

Java developer resume example

Jessica Villegas
Java Developer

1800 Euclid Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA


Seeking challenging career with a growth oriented organization preferably in the domain of Software Development & Software Programming.


WORK EXPERIENCE

Sr. Associate Java Developer

Cogent Data, 2021-2022

Responsibilities

  • Involved in analysis, specification, design, and implementation and testing phases of Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) using agile methodology (SCRUM) for developing application.
  • Worked with Technical Analyst, Technical Architect to create the UI High level and Detailed Design for the applications.
  • Interacted with tech lead to understand technology direction/changes, standards and best practices.
  • Resolved technical issues for designers and developers during project lifecycle.

Associate Java Developer

Don’t Break a Bill, 2017-2022

Responsibilities

  • Actively involved in Analysis, Design, Development, System Testing and User Acceptance Testing of software development life cycle.
  • Application is implemented using agile methodology where there is a daily SCRUM meeting to understand the status and resolve any issues.
  • Developed reusable components using HTML5, JavaScript and XML.
  • Used Spring Data Repositories to perform CRUD operations.

Java Developer Intern

Jaguar Ventures, 2011-2016

Responsibilities

  • Worked with core java concepts like Collections Framework, Multithreading and Memory management.
  • Experience with unit testing using JUnit and web services testing Soap UI, REST Client (POSTMAN).
  • Developed the application using Java 8 and implemented its features like lambdas Expressions, Streams, functional interfaces, collectors, default methods, type interfaces, for each.
  • Created UI components in Angular JS using JSP and JavaScript.

CERTIFICATIONS

MongoDB Certified Developer, Associate

MongoDB University, 2021

MTA: Introduction to Programming Using JavaScript

Microsoft Corporation, 2017


SKILLS

Java | database | jquery | analytical skills | analytical skills | html5 | angularjs


EDUCATION

Bachelor of Management Studies

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2021

Associate of Applied Arts

FLS International – Las Vegas, 2017

What experts say about java developer resumes

Before we wrap it up, we want to leave you with some advice from other experts we admire.

“In a resume beyond what’s actually written the most important thing is readability. A resume should be structured logically and be super easy to read.” – How to Write Your Best Resume for Software Engineering Jobs // Tips from an ex-FAANG recruiter


” You can think about the skills section in three main buckets. The programming languages you’re proficient in, the technologies you’re skilled in and the tools you’re comfortable with.” – How to Write Your Best Resume for Software Engineering Jobs // Tips from an ex-FAANG recruiter


” If you’re competing for those software engineering jobs and you don’t have much experience you got to list as much as you can just so you can showcase your skills and talent.” – The Resume That Got Me Into Google and Bloomberg (software engineer resume tips)

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We put a lot of love into our guides, so we hope you found them useful. Hopefully, this will help you craft a top-notch Java developer resume. If you see anything we missed or anything that could be improved on, let us know!

Methodology

In addition to our own expertise as professional resume consultants, for every resume guide we write, we curate dozens of recent job postings and resumes to make sure all our recommendations align with current trends for each specific industry and career path. Learn more about our methodology here. 

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Michelle Reed | Sr. Resume Advisor

Michelle Reed | Sr. Resume Advisor

Michelle has worked in recruiting & HR for 10 years and has taught resume writing at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She has helped build teams at two large startups (Wyzant and, currently, Brilliant) in the last decade, which means she views hundreds of resumes per day. Michelle guides our overall resume value system, ensuring our recommendations are high-quality and effective in the current job market.

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