App Developer: How to Write An Effective App Developer Resume

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An app developer stays on the cutting edge of technology. As society becomes increasingly connected through our phones, computers, the Internet, and other electronic devices, app developers are the ones who design and implement the framework for that connectivity. Whether it’s through mobile apps, web-based apps, software development, or working under a specific operating system, app developers are coding, designing, and programming ways to make our lives easier. If this is where you see yourself thriving, read on for tips on securing a job in the app development field.

In this article, we’ll explore the job profile of an app developer—what their educational backgrounds look like, their responsibilities, their average salaries, and the job outlook for the next few years. Then to get job seekers started on their job hunt, we’ll share resume tips and give you an example of an app developer resume. We’ll share some helpful information on cover letters, followed by an easy to follow cover letter template.

What Does an App Developer Do?

Duties and Responsibilities

App developers are software engineers who focus on the design, testing, and programming of the apps you use every day on your cell phones, laptops, and other tech devices. This is a broad field and there’s a lot of room for different specializations. An app developer could specialize in the iOS (Apple) or Android operating systems or could work exclusively on mobile apps. Many find it helpful to be versed in a multitude of computer programming languages. Specific duties could include:

  • Designing and developing iOS app function
  • Optimizing queries for higher performance
  • Coordinating release of apps using C, C++, Python, and Java

Educational Background

To become an app developer, you’ll need education and experience as a software engineer. You should have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, or a similar field. If you don’t have a degree but still want to develop programing and software engineering skills, find coding and software boot camps to attend. Regardless of your route, take courses such as foundations of computer graphics, introduction to mathematical programming, elements of software construction, Java programming, operating system engineering, and more.

Additional Training

This is a field where you have to have practical experience and technical training. Take as many internship offerings as are available and look into coding boot camps to bolster your coding skills. Make sure you’re fluent in several of the in-demand programming languages like Java, JavaScript, C#, C++, Python, iOS, etc. There are many multi-week mobile development training programs that offer specialized skills for developers.

Should You Become an App Developer?

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Job Outlook

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, between 2016-2026 the overall job outlook for software developers (of which app developers are a subset) is expected to rise by 24%, which is faster than average. It’s an incredible amount of growth compared to all other occupations. The job outlook for app developers, specifically, is expected to grow by 31%. In terms of real jobs, it is projected that there will be over 250,000 new jobs for app developers by 2026.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual salary of app developer in 2017 was $101,790. The lowest 10% had a salary of less than $59,870, while the top 10% had a salary higher than $160,100. The highest salaries went to those employed by software publishers, those in manufacturing, those working in finance and insurance, in management, and then those doing computer systems design.

How to Write an Effective App Developer Resume

How to Make Your Resume Stand Out

Make sure both your education and experience are listed in reverse chronological order with the most recent at the top. Highlight particular achievements, high grades, and specialized skills. Particularly for those seeking to become app developers, make sure that under key skills you include the programming languages, applications, operating systems, and database systems you’re fluent in and any certifications you hold. Make sure to start your resume with a professional summary—a condensed version of your experience, expertise, and the skills you intend to bring to the position.

Finally, review your resume for grammatical errors. Double and triple check for spelling errors, typos, run-on sentences, and redundancy. It should be easy to ready and flow naturally. Sections should be organized and highlight the most relevant and interesting skills and experience that make you a fit for the position. Make sure your contact information is correct; there’s nothing worse than having a great resume but having an incorrect phone number or email and missing a call for an interview.

Sample Resume

Jane Dunn
1234 Street City, State * 555-555-5555*

I am a certified software engineer with 5 years of management expertise in the commercial field, designing, developing, and integrating mobile and computer applications.

Key Skills

  • Languages: C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Python, Perl, HTML, .Net
  • Operating Systems: Windows NT/XP/2000/2003
  • Applications: Dreamweaver, Crystal Reports
  • Misc.: Flash, Air and JavaFX, SOAP, XML, Webtrends

MidTech Company
Senior Application Developer
City, State

  • Describe work experience here

HiTech Company
Mobile Application Developer
City, State

  • Describe work experience here

LowTech Company
Software Engineer
City, State

  • Describe work experience here

Master of Science, Software Engineering
ABC University, 2013
City, State

Bachelor of Science, Web Development
ABC University, 2009
City, State

  • List special skills suited to position

App Developer Cover Letter


Cover letters are basically the gateways through which you are considered for an open position. First, it contextualizes your resume. It needs to make clear that your skills, education, and training have made you the ideal candidate for the position. Second, it provides an effective writing sample to the hiring manager. Employers want employees who can sell themselves as leaders and communicators.

As an app developer, it’s not just about showing your technical expertise; you need to show that you are effective at translating ideas. Employers use cover letters as a screening tool, and a good cover letter puts your resume into the running.

Below you’ll find a sample cover letter to use as a template for your job search. First, you’ll find a description of what each paragraph should contain, and below it, in italics, a practical example. This template is just that, a framework in which you can place your own style and skills in a way that best represents you. Use the example below as a guideline, not a rigid standard.

Sample Cover Letter

Sally Ryan
123 Tech Inc.
0123 Street
Town, State US 00000

Dear Ms. Ryan,

This first paragraph should contain a brief introduction to who you are, followed by what position you’re applying for. Then you can succinctly provide your educational and career background that recommends you for the position.

In my 5 years as a professional application developer and software engineer, I have created and designed websites and mobile apps, planned and implemented web-based applications, overhauled server management systems, and led teams in the design and development of various browser management systems. I am a graduate of ABC University, having received both a Master of Science in Software Engineering program and a Bachelor of Science in Web Development. During my time at ABC University I spearheaded the design and development of 2 mobile apps through the student development scheme. For your consideration, here are some of my credentials and publications:

  • List skills and credentials here

In this paragraph you should, in more detail, speak to the skills you have obtained that make you a fit for the job. Talk about stand out experiences, awards, or recognition in the field that make you the ideal candidate. Go into interesting and relevant parts of your background that aren’t necessarily on your resume (or things that are only briefly mentioned).

I have worked individually, with teams, and have led teams of my own. My time management, leadership, and planning skills have been cultivated through my ability to adapt and adjust in different working environments. I am able to generate complex reports and security administration, and have years of experience monitoring workflow and efficiency.

Close with a paragraph that reiterates your interest in the position and the hope (not the expectation) that you will be able to communicate soon with an interview.

I am available for contact at the email address listed above and you can reach me during normal business hours at 555-555-5555.
Thank you for considering my candidacy and I hope to speak with you soon.

Jane Dunn


App developers are in demand as ever and will only continue to be for the next decade and beyond. If you’re interested in innovation, design, development, and new ideas—and you know your way around a computer—this just might be the career for you. It’s a fast-paced field, and the learning never stops for long; tech is changing constantly and you need to be the type of person that’s excited to catch up. If that sounds like you, we hope this helps you down an exciting new career path!

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