Software Engineering Resume Keywords and Skills (Hard Skills)

Here are the keywords and skills that appear most frequently on recent Software Engineering job postings. In other words, these are the most sought after skills by recruiters and hiring managers. So try to include them on your resume where possible. Go to the Sample Templates ↓ below to see how to include them on your resume.

Remember that every job is different. Instead of including all these keywords on your resume, identify the keywords most relevant to the job you're applying to and include those. Use the free Targeted Resume tool to help with this.

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Resume Skills: Other Technical

  • RESTful APIs
  • Progressive Web Apps (PWA)
  • Responsive Web Design
  • GraphQL
  • Test-Driven Development (TDD)
  • User Experience (UX)
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
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Compare Your Resume To These Software Engineering Skills (ATS Scan)

Paste your resume below and our AI will identify which keywords are missing from your resume from the list above (and what you need to include). Including the right keywords will help you get past Applicant Tracking Systems (i.e. resume screeners) which may scan your resume for keywords to see if you're a match for the job.

Sample Software Engineering Resume: How To Include These Skills

Add keywords directly into your resume's work experiences, education or Skills section, like we've shown in the examples below. Use the examples below as inspiration.

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Your Name
Software Engineering Professional
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Google October 2020 - Present
Senior Software Engineer
Spearheaded a cross-functional team of 10 to deliver a major overhaul of the search algorithm in Python, leading to a 23% increase in search speed.
Implemented advanced coding techniques in JavaScript and React.js, reducing front-end codebase by 35%, while increasing product iteration speed.
Orchestrated deployment of new features in the .NET framework, contributing to a 15% rise in software performance.
Developed a new software module using Java, which reduced system downtime by 18%.
Applied Agile methodologies to streamline software development processes, improving workflow efficiency by 25%.
Resume Worded May 2017 - September 2020
Software Engineer
Pioneered a data validation tool in SQL and C#, resulting in a 60% decline in data inconsistencies.
Successfully optimized CSS and HTML code on the main platform, improving load times by 30%.
Implemented AWS cloud services to enhance scalability and uptime, reducing system failure by 20%. January 2016 - April 2017
Junior Software Engineer
Contributed to the development and launch of a new learning platform using AngularJS, increasing user engagement by 40%.
Assisted in restructuring database architecture using MySQL and XML, reducing data retrieval times by 25%.
Resume Worded Institute December 2015
Master of Science in Computer Science
Specialization: Data Analytics and Cloud Computing
Resume Worded University May 2013
Bachelor of Engineering - Computer Science
Minor in Software Development
Completions: Data Structures, Components, and Algorithms
Programming: JavaScript, Python, C++, C#, Java, SQL
Frameworks/Libraries: React, Angular, Vue, Django, Flask
Databases: MongoDB, Oracle, SQL Server, PostgreSQL, MySQL
Cloud Platforms: AWS, Google Cloud, Azure
Certifications: Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer, Certified AWS Solutions Architect
Leadership & Volunteering: Google Code-In Mentor, Women Techmakers Ambassador, Google Developers Group Facilitator
Projects: Developed a Machine Learning model for a predictive maintenance system
Awards: Google Developer Challenge Scholarship Winner
Your Name
Back-End Developer
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Amazon April 2018 - Present
Senior Back-End Developer
Led the development and implementation of a new SQL database, which improved data processing speeds by 30%.
Integrated C++ and Node.js to refine and optimize back-end functionality, enhancing server response time by 25%.
Successfully migrated the company's infrastructure to AWS, achieving 99.9% uptime over a 12-month period.
Leveraged Linux to deploy and maintain a server network, reducing system administration time by 15%.
Resume Worded January 2014 - March 2018
Back-End Developer
Developed a high-speed data caching solution using C (Programming Language: Notice how we include keywords like Programming Language into our work experience sections">Programming Language), resulting in a 40% decrease in latency.
Implemented an automated data backup process in Python, reducing data loss incidents by 75%.
Designed SQL database structure to optimize data retrieval processes, which increased application functionality by 20%. July 2012 - December 2013
Junior Back-End Developer
Assisted in migrating critical applications to a .NET Framework, reducing server crashes by 30%.
Collaborated with senior developers to implement XML parsing, speeding up data processing time by 25%.
Contributed to the redesign of the website's data flow system with Java, improving data synchronization by 20%.
Resume Worded Institute December 2011
Master of Science in Software Engineering
Received Best Student Project Award for conceptualizing and implementing an intelligent job posting tracker
Resume Worded University May 2010
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Minors in Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis
Member, ACM Student Chapter
Programming: Java, Python, C++, .NET, Shell Scripting, GoLang
Frameworks/Platforms: Express.js, Django, Ruby on Rails, AWS, Google Cloud Platform
Database: MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, SQL Server, Oracle DB
DevOps & Tools: Jenkins, Docker, Kubernetes, Git, Jira, Agile/Scrum
Certifications: AWS Certified Developer - Associate, Certified Jenkins Engineer
Projects: Built a microservice-based application for a non-profit organization, resulting in 30% increased efficiency
Publications: Published a research paper on 'Efficient Use of Microservices in Web Applications' in International Journal of Computer Sciences
Volunteering: Volunteer at Code for America, providing technical assistance to non-profit organizations
Your Name
Front-End Developer
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Microsoft June 2018 - Present
Senior Front-End Developer
Led the rearchitecture of the corporate site using React.js, leading to a 30% increase in web traffic.
Standardized company-wide use of CSS and HTML, reducing website loading time by 40%.
Developed an interactive user interface using AngularJS, improving customer satisfaction ratings by 25%.
Established Agile methodologies, doubling delivery rates of software increments.
Implemented a Git-based version control system, cutting code merge conflicts by 50%.
Resume Worded August 2015 - May 2018
Front-End Developer
Redesigned website layout using JavaScript and React.js, leading to a 20% increase in user engagement.
Utilized Java to enhance front-end performance, reducing client-side load time by 30%.
Incorporated responsive web design principles to optimize site for mobile, boosting mobile traffic by 20%. November 2013 - July 2015
Junior Front-End Developer
Assisted in developing a new user interface using XML, improving site navigation by 30%.
Contributed to a company-wide transition to CSS and HTML5, reducing site load times by 20%
Leveraged Git for version control, reducing coding errors by 15%.
Resume Worded Academic Center June 2015 - May 2017
Master of Science - Computer Science with Specialization in Software Engineering
Graduated with High Honors
Resume Worded University September 2009 - June 2013
Bachelor of Technology - Information Technology
Major in Web Development
Member of the University Coding Team
Programming Languages: Python, JavaScript (ES6+), C#, HTML5/CSS3, TypeScript, SQL
Frameworks/Libraries: React.js, Vue.js, Node.js, Angular, Bootstrap, jQuery
Tools: Visual Studio Code, Git, Webpack, Babel, Azure DevOps, Adobe Creative Suite
Other Technical Skills: RESTful APIs, Progressive Web Apps (PWA), Responsive Web Design, GraphQL, Test-Driven Development (TDD), User Experience (UX), Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Certifications: Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate, Google Mobile Web Specialist, Certified Scrum Master
Projects: Developed insightful banking web application with real-time updates and features, enhanced landing page speed by 40% for an E-commerce website
Volunteering: Led a team to develop a website for a local non-profit, Code Mentor at local coding bootcamp
Professional Development: Attended React.js Conference 2019, Regular follower of Front-end Development blogs and podcasts
Your Name
Full Stack Developer
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
LinkedIn May 2019 - Present
Senior Full Stack Developer
Spearheaded the team to develop a new feature rendering 1M+ pages using Java and React.js, resulting in a 30% increase in daily users.
Implemented an enhanced security system using Java and AWS, reducing potential security breaches by 60%.
Refactored front-end codebase to AngularJS, reducing page loading time by 40%.
Adopted Agile methodologies to improve project turnaround time by 20%.
Developed an automated error handling system using Python and Node.js, reducing bug reports by 35%.
Resume Worded September 2015 - April 2019
Full Stack Developer
Managed code deployment processes for production with Git, reducing deployment errors by 50%.
Designed a new SQL database for customer data, leading to an improvement in query performance by 25%.
Enhanced application performance by integrating JavaScript, improving user interaction by 35%. April 2012 - August 2015
Junior Full Stack Developer
Contributed to the development of new software features in C++, positively impacting project delivery time by 20%.
Assisted in the successful migration of website framework to .NET, providing a more robust and faster user experience.
Helped to design and implement a new MySQL database system, improving system performance by 15%.
Resume Worded Institute August 2019
Master of Computer Science - Full Stack Web Development
Emphasis: Advanced Web Applications, Database Management
Resume Worded University May 2012
Bachelor of Science - Computer Science
Minors in Mathematics and Data Science
Awards: Dean's List 2010 and 2012 (Top 5% of Class)
Programming: JavaScript, TypeScript, Python, C++, Ruby, Go
Web Technologies: HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, Angular, React, Vue.JS, Node.js
Database: MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, SQLite
Tools & Frameworks: Docker, Git, Jenkins, Webpack, Babel, Express.js
Certifications: AWS Certified Developer - Associate, Certified Scrum Master
Projects: Developed a multi-tier cloud-based software application that optimizes resource usage, resulting in a 25% cost reduction
Volunteering: Taught introductory Python and JavaScript to students at a local high school
Awards: Runner-up, LinkedIn Innovation Award (2020), Best Web App, Resume Worded Hackathon (2018)
Your Name
Software Developer
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Oracle March 2019 - Present
Senior Software Developer
Developed a new software suite in C#, improving process efficiency for 200+ clients.
Redesigning database architecture using SQL and XML, reducing data processing times by 50%.
Steered the creation and implementation of AWS-powered company intranet, increasing employee productivity by 20%.
Harnessed Agile methodologies to manage all phases of the software development lifecycle, slashing project delivery timelines by 30%.
Improved customer satisfaction by 25% by significantly improving existing .NET programme functionalities.
Resume Worded June 2015 - February 2019
Software Developer
Streamlined project tracking using Agile methodologies, resulting in a 20% reduction in project overruns.
Reduced codebase in JavaScript and CSS by 40%, while maintaining full functionality.
Developed efficient code with Java, improving the performance of high-traffic applications by 25%. August 2013 - May 2015
Junior Software Developer
Contributed to the complete rewriting of the company's main product using Java and Python, increasing system reliability and performance by 35%.
Assisted in the transition to cloud-based storage with AWS, reducing server costs by 20%.
Developed and maintained continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipelines in Git, improving development-to-production cycle times by 15%.
Resume Worded Institute December 2018
Master of Computer Science - Software Engineering
Thesis: 'Efficient Algorithmic Solutions for Data-driven Applications'
Resume Worded University June 2013
Bachelor of Science - Computer Science
Minors in Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence
Awards: Resume Worded Computing Prize, Dean's List 2011-2013
Programming Languages: Java, C++, Python, JavaScript (ES6), SQL
Web Development: HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, AJAX, jQuery, Bootstrap, PHP
Frameworks/Libraries: AngularJS, ReactJS, NodeJS, ExpressJS, Spring Boot
Database Management: Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB
Certifications: Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer, Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate
Projects: Developed an ecommerce web application from scratch using the MERN stack
Contributions: Contributed to open-source software such as Apache Commons and Spring Boot
Conferences & Workshop: Attended annual Google I/O Conference, conducted workshop on 'REST APIs with Spring Boot' at local developer meetup
Your Name
Web Developer
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Adobe July 2020 - Present
Senior Web Developer
Spearheaded conversion of fixtures site from AngularJS to React.js, improving web page speed by 40%.
Applied advanced CSS strategies, reducing the load time by 35% and increasing user engagement by 25%.
Optimized website SEO using metadata, resulting in a 30% increase in organic web traffic.
Implemented Agile workflow to improve project turnaround times by 20%.
Incorporated analytical tracking on website, improving the user experience based on 10K+ users' feedback.
Resume Worded October 2016 - June 2020
Web Developer
Migrated company site to AWS cloud platform, increasing uptime to 99.9%.
Introduced responsive web design principles using HTML and CSS, resulting in a 20% increase in mobile visitors.
Optimized existing front-end functionalities using JavaScript, leading to a 30% improvement in page load speed. January 2015 - September 2016
Junior Web Developer
Assisted in the development of company apps using .NET Framework, resulting in an overall increase in software performance by 30%.
Contributed to the redesign of website UI using XML and CSS, improving user experience ratings by 20%.
Leveraged SQL to optimize client-side database management, reducing data leakage by 10%.
Resume Worded University June 2014
Master of Science in Information technology with Web Development Specialization
Thesis title: 'Using XML to Publish Web Data'
Resume Worded Institute May 2011
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Relevant Coursework: Data Structures, Algorithms, System Design
Awards: Dean's List 2010 (Top 5%)
Programming Languages: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ruby, PHP, Python
Web Development Tools: Bootstrap, JQuery, React, Vue.js, Angular, Node.js
Databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, SQLite, Oracle SQL
Others: Git/GitHub, Docker, AWS, REST API, Agile Methodology
Certifications: Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate, AWS Certified Developer, Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer II
Leadership & Volunteering: Tech Lead, Code for Good Project (2017-2019), Volunteer Web Developer, Tech for All (2015-2016)
Projects: Developed and launched web application for online furniture shopping, which increased company's e-commerce sales by 15%

How do I add skills to a Software Engineering resume?

Review the job posting closely.

Go through the Software Engineering posting you're applying to, and identify hard skills the company is looking for. For example, skills like SQL, React.js and AngularJS are possible skills. These are skills you should try to include on your resume.

Add industry skills like C# and Software Development.

Add other common skills from your industry - such as JavaScript, Git and Java - into your resume if they're relevant.

Add skills into your work experience.

Incorporate skills - like Test Automation, Programming and Software Testing - into your work experience too. This shows hiring managers that you have practical experience with these tools, techniques and skills.

Highlight technical and engineering skills.

It's important to show hiring managers your technical experience, whether that's in your previous Software Engineering roles or other experiences. Try to emphasize your technical and engineering experience through your bullet points.

Highlight any software engineering or development experience.

Programming and software development are common skill sets for Software Engineering roles, so try to highlight related accomplishments in your summary, work experience or skills sections.

Use the exact job title.

Try to add the exact job title, Software Engineering, somewhere into your resume to get past resume screeners. See the infographic for how to do this.

Software Engineering Resume Templates

Here are examples of proven resumes in related jobs and industries, approved by experienced hiring managers. Use them as inspiration when you're writing your own resume. You can even download and edit the resume template in Google Docs.

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Word Cloud for Software Engineering Skills & Keywords

The following word cloud highlights the most popular keywords that appear on Software Engineering job descriptions. The bigger the word, the more frequently it shows up on employer's job postings. If you have experience with these keywords, include them on your resume.

Top Software Engineering Skills and Keywords to Include On Your Resume

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Frequently Asked Questions

What hard skills should you include on a Software Engineering resume?

The most common skills and keywords we found on Software Engineering resumes and job postings were Software Development, JavaScript, Java, Git, C#, AngularJS, SQL and React.js.

Skills like Test Automation, Embedded Software, Linux, Programming and Software Testing also appeared on related job postings.

How do resume skills compare between a Software Application Engineer and a Java Software Engineer?

Popular skills we often see on resumes for Software Application Engineer positions include:

  • Software Development
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Java
  • Git
  • Linux
  • SQL
  • JavaScript
  • XML

In comparison, skills we see on Java Software Engineer resumes include:

  • Spring Framework
  • Hibernate
  • Spring Boot
  • Maven
  • Spring MVC
  • JUnit
  • Jakarta EE

What are good resume skills to include for different Software Engineering roles and job titles?

Depending on the specific role you apply to, you may need to emphasize different skill sets. Here are a few examples:

  • Java Software Engineer: Spring Framework, Java, Hibernate, Spring Boot and Maven
  • Software Application Engineer: Software Development, Agile Methodologies, Git, Linux and SQL
  • Full Stack Engineer: AngularJS, JavaScript, Node.js, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and Web Development

Target your Resume to a Job Description

While the keywords above are a good indication of what skills you need on your resume, you should try to find additional keywords that are specific to the job. To do this, use the free Targeted Resume tool. It analyzes the job you are applying to and finds the most important keywords you need on your resume.

It is personalized to your resume, and is the best way to ensure your resume will pass the automated resume filters.

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