How To List a Bootcamp on a Resume (And Other Resume Tips)

Bootcamps look great on a resume — as long as you have real projects to back it up. Here’s what hiring managers want to see from your bootcamp experience, with specific tips for software engineers.

2 years ago   •   8 min read

By Rohan Mahtani
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Coding bootcamps are a great way of kickstarting a career in tech. According to CIRR data, 70% of bootcamp graduates land a job within a year of graduating. Not only can you learn essential skills for a new career, they also look great on a resume — right?

Right … if you list them properly. Keep reading as we walk you through how to do exactly that.

The complete guide to listing a bootcamp on your resume

Looking for a quick readme? Start here:

  1. Link to your GitHub, digital portfolio, or live examples of your work in your resume header.
  2. If you don't have more relevant professional experience, list bootcamp as high up on your resume as possible — see below for the most appropriate sections.
  3. Highlight selected projects on your resume. Don't list every project; instead, choose 1-2 major projects to include.
  4. List any related technical skills you gained during bootcamp — these are often essential keywords for getting your resume past Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).
  5. Tailor your work experience for the types of jobs you're applying for. If you're changing careers, this may mean leaving out less relevant work experience or creating separate sections for 'relevant work experience' and 'other work experience.'
  6. Take advantage of bootcamp resources. If your program has a career services center or industry partnerships, start your job search there.
Link to your GitHub profile in your resume header
Link to your GitHub profile in your resume header

Where to put bootcamp on your resume

There are a few places on your resume where you can put a coding bootcamp:

  • In your education section
  • In a separate projects section
  • In an additional information section
  • In your resume summary

Here’s how — and when — to use each of those options.

A detailed guide on how to list a bootcamp on a resume

How to list a bootcamp in the education section of your resume

If your bootcamp program was significant — at least 6 months long — it can go in your education section. If you lack relevant experience, like if you’re a recent graduate or are changing careers, your education can go above your work experience section at the top of your resume.

List your qualifications in reverse chronological order, with the most recent first. Include the name of the school or program, location, dates (if it was recent), and a short description of what you accomplished.

Here’s an example you can copy and paste:

Fullstack Academy | Software Engineering Program | New York (Nov 2021 - Present)
Immersive training program with an emphasis on Fullstack Web Development

And here’s what it should look like on your resume:

Example of how to list bootcamp in the education section of your resume
Example of how to list a bootcamp in the education section of your resume

How to list a bootcamp in your resume projects section

Listing a bootcamp on your resume should involve a two-part approach for the best results:

  1. Putting the qualification itself in your education section
  2. Highlighting selected projects to show what you can actually do

Don’t overload your resume by listing too many projects. It’s better to stick to a small number of projects that best represent your skills and are relevant to the specific job you’re applying for. This should include a technical project you did as part of your bootcamp program — ideally, your capstone project.

Here’s an example of a separate projects section on a resume:

Highlight selected projects in a separate projects section
Highlight selected projects in a separate projects section

Use keywords that represent your technical skill sets — not only will it make you stand out to recruiters, it’s also the best way of ensuring your resume makes it past ATS even if you don't have a lot of work experience.

How to list a bootcamp in an additional resume section

If you don’t want to include a bootcamp in your education section, you could list it briefly in a ‘qualifications’ or ‘additional information’ section instead. This might be a good idea if:

  • You completed a short online bootcamp (3 months or less)
  • You have more relevant work experience but still want to demonstrate the skills you learned
  • You aren’t applying for software engineering or other technology-centric roles and want to deprioritize your bootcamp

If you choose this option, keep the relevant section short and include it at the bottom of your resume. Here’s an example of what it could look like:

List bootcamp in a certification or other section if you don’t want to emphasize it on your resume
List a bootcamp in a certification or other section if you don’t want to emphasize it on your resume

How to list a bootcamp in your resume summary

If you’re changing careers, you should consider including a short career change resume summary to quickly contextualize your previous work experience and highlight your most relevant accomplishments and transferable skills. This should go right at the top of your resume, below your contact information but above your work experience and education.

Here's an example of a resume summary of someone who completed a data science bootcamp and wants to break into the data science industry.

Resume summary highlighting bootcamp experience
Resume summary highlighting bootcamp experience

Here’s a text-based example of a resume summary for someone who is looking to pivot to a software engineering role after completing a coding bootcamp. Feel free to copy and paste this by filling in your own details as necessary:

Ex-Sales Manager transitioning into a Software Development role after completing Resume Worded Software Development Bootcamp. Hands-on project experience building both the front-end and back-end of web apps using React JS, ExpressJS and other frameworks.

If you want to find out if you have chosen the appropriate section of your resume to include your bootcamp experience and accomplishments, upload your resume to the tool below — it’ll let you know if you have listed bootcamp properly on your resume.

What information to include about your bootcamp program

What information should you put on your resume about your bootcamp program or projects? Depending on the relevance and how much space you have on your resume, aim to include:

  • The name of the project
  • The date you completed it
  • A brief overview of the scope and intent of the project
  • Software, languages, frameworks, libraries, methodologies, or other technical skills you used
  • 1-3 standout accomplishments in bullet points
Use keywords to highlight key technical skills hiring managers are looking for
Use keywords to highlight key technical skills hiring managers are looking for

Related: Project Details in a Resume — What Yours Needs To Include

Coding bootcamp resume example

Once you’re ready to put it all together, here’s a sample resume that shows you how to list your bootcamp experience.

Sample resume for someone completing a bootcamp
Sample resume for someone completing a bootcamp

You can find this and other ATS-ready resume templates in our engineering resume guide, featuring 50+ engineering resume examples available in Google Docs or as PDF.

If/then: When to put a bootcamp on your resume

Now that you know how to list a bootcamp on a resume — should you?

The short answer is yes. If you’re applying for a software engineering or other technical role, a bootcamp and related projects are a great way of showing off your skills.

You should mention a bootcamp on your resume if:

  • You don’t have a lot of practical coding experience.
  • You’re changing careers.
  • You did impressive work as part of a bootcamp that you want to showcase.

You should take a bootcamp off your resume if:

  • You don’t have impressive project examples. Listing a bootcamp by itself is worth very little, and may actually raise a red flag with recruiters if you say you completed a bootcamp but don’t list any projects.
  • It was a very short course or you left early — if you joined for a month or didn’t complete the entire course, it’s better to leave it off entirely.
  • You have a lot of experience. Work experience always trumps bootcamp experience or personal projects. Mid level or senior software engineer resumes will generally have outgrown the need to list a bootcamp and can be replaced by examples of work-related accomplishments.
  • You completed it a long time ago — more recent accomplishments are almost always more relevant.

Other essential software engineer resume tips

Putting together a software engineering resume? Here’s what else you should include.

Technical skills

Technical skills are the bread and butter of any software engineer resume. Look for any languages, frameworks, or methodologies mentioned in the job description and make sure you include them somewhere in your resume — these are essential keywords for getting you past ATS.

Here’s an example of how to list programming languages and other technical skills in your skills section :

List keywords from the job description in your resume skills section
List keywords from the job description in your resume skills section

If you want to find skills related to the technical role you’re applying for, use the tool below to get a list of relevant keywords and technical skills.

Transferable skills

Unlike hard skills, you can highlight related soft skills — things like problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork and attention to detail — in your accomplishment bullet points. Never list these as ‘skills’ in your skills section — hiring managers want to see proof that you actually have these qualities.

Other trainings and workshops

If you’ve completed other relevant trainings, workshops, or short courses, you can list these alongside a bootcamp in a qualifications or other section of your resume. Narrow it down to a short list of the most relevant courses — remember, never list anything on your resume that doesn’t improve your candidacy.

Frequently asked questions

Still have questions about listing bootcamp on your resume? We've got you covered.

Does bootcamp count as work experience?

Technically, no. Listing bootcamp in your work experience section is going to come across as a little odd to most recruiters, so stick to putting it in an education, projects, or additional section.

That said, bootcamp may count toward your years of experience in a specific software, language, or methodology, especially if you were enrolled in a longer program (6+ months).

How much does bootcamp cost?

A decent part-time short course can start at around $5,000, with longer full-time programs reaching up to $20,000.

How long does it take to finish a coding bootcamp?

That depends on your program — you can find bootcamps that finish in as little as a week or ones that run for 2+ years. The average length of time for a full-time bootcamp program is 3-6 months.

Do bootcamp programs need to be accredited?

Most bootcamp programs aren't accredited, so it isn't going to be a red flag if yours isn't. A small number of programs are accredited with the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET), but generally the focus is on developing useful skills and real projects, not the certificate that you gain at the end.

Can I list an unfinished bootcamp on my resume?

You can, but you won't always want to. Listing a longer (degree-length) unfinished program is fine, but if you bailed out halfway through a 6-week course, that isn't likely to look great on a resume.

If you have an unfinished bootcamp program — and no intention of going back to it — you'll likely be better off simply listing any projects you completed as well as the technical skills you picked up.

What are the best bootcamp programs?

Based on a quick Google search, here are some of the best online bootcamp programs, based on ratings, curriculum, and job outcomes. Note: We don't endorse any of these programs, so please do your due diligence if you decide to go with any of them.

  • 10x Academy
  • Actualize
  • BrainStation
  • CareerFoundry
  • Coding Dojo
  • Epicode
  • Fullstack Academy
  • Hack Reactor
  • Launch School
  • Microverse
  • Springboard
  • The Tech Academy

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