CV tips for mobile developers


Most businesses are interested in the potential of mobile applications – and so they should be! The mobile application development market has grown 38% in the last 12 months and even non-technical users can build simple apps in a few minutes thanks to a variety of DIY wizards. 

With all this added competition, what should the mobile development contractor community do in order to secure contract work? 

As a member of the ARM Information Technology team, I speak to 20-50 developers in any given week, with skills ranging across IOS, Android, Windows Mobile and cross platform development such as Xamarin. 

What do 90% of the Developers I speak with have in common? Passion!

They are passionate about what they do! They are immensely proud of their achievements and have a vast array of knowledge and expertise in their chosen fields. 

Why then do only 25% of the developers I speak to end up meeting with the employers (my clients) who need their skills? 

  • It isn’t because I am a terrible recruiter.

  • It isn’t because they are unavailable for a meeting.

  • And it isn’t because they are already interviewing with other companies.

So, why is it? 

Showcase your skills

Unfortunately, around 75% of the developers that I speak to are unable to showcase the projects they have worked on in their CV or portfolio. 

I specialise in working with Mobile Developers – I help to find the perfect people for my employer clients. If you are looking for your next role as a developer, here are the essentials for your CV: 

  • Describe the application that you helped to develop – links to the app are a huge advantage.

  • Outline the types of technology that you used on the project – languages, testing tools etc.

  • State the methodologies that you used on the project.

  • Provide project detail – accomplishments, milestones, targets, budgets, team sizes etc.

  • Detail your third party relationships on the project – what interactions did you have? 

By showcasing this information into your CV or portfolio, you are giving your recruiter (and potential employer) full visibility of your experience. This will build their confidence in your ability to do the job on offer and win you some interviews! 

The competitive contract market

The contract market is fiercely competitive at the moment and employers are always looking for talented Mobile Application Test & Development specialists – don’t give your competition the advantage by having a boring CV. Developers are some of the most wonderfully creative and expressive people in the IT sector, so stand out from the crowd and showcase your skills!

Inside the mind of an employer

When looking to develop an existing or new mobile application, one of the main decisions facing employers is “Who is going to physically complete the work?” They usually have three options: 

Option 1 – Develop the application in house 

Clients can use their existing development team of permanent employees. This works brilliantly if you’re lucky enough to have a team of niche IOS/Android Developers in-house. 

Option 2 – Outsource the work to an external partner or agency 

Advantages of this could be: 

  • It can reduce the time-to-market as resources can star work instantly.

  • There will usually be a fixed cost for specific scope and delivery, which can reduce risk.

  • It can free the company to focus on core business objectives, which may take priority. 

Disadvantages of this could be: 

  • Immediate loss of control of the project.

  • Client becomes dependent on another company for something essential to their business.

  • Even minor changes can become more expensive and complicated. 

Option 3 – Use contractors 

Advantages of this could be: 

  • Full control over the project.

  • Partnership-based approach with a recruiter to provide resources on time and on budget (in-house or agency recruiters).

  • Increased options over the technologies to be used.

  • Greater flexibility. 

Disadvantages of this could be:

  • Potential for increased starting costs to establish infrastructure and working environment e.g. license fees.

  • Additional cost of recruiting extra consultants if the development team hits issues. 

As you can see there are risks and benefits with any of the options but it is always worth examining all three options before making a decision. 

At the end of the day every project/application is different – choose your options wisely! 

Looking for your next contract placement?

If you are looking for your next contract placement as a Mobile Application Developer, check out our latest vacancies online, call me on 02392 228 279 or send me your CV. You can follow the ARM Technology team on LinkedIn for more news and blogs.

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