How to Make a DevOps Engineer Resume (With Sample)

by | Jan 13, 2023 | Career

Having a solid DevOps engineer resume is a crucial first step to landing your next (or first) job in your DevOps career. While an application should also include a cover letter and your portfolio, the resume is usually your first chance to impress recruiters. Here’s a DevOps engineer resume sample with tips to help get you started.

DevOps engineer resume sample

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A photo of a DevOps engineer resume.

To use this template, sign into your Google account then click File > Make a copy and save to your Google Drive.

How to write a DevOps engineer resume

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Making or updating your resume might seem intimidating at first, but by breaking it down into sections, it becomes much more manageable.

Luckily, we have a separate article dedicated to showing you how to write each section and how to format your resume, in addition to answers to questions we commonly hear about resumes. We’ve also included a more general resume template there if you prefer it instead.

Skills to include in your DevOps resume

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We cover this in our aforementioned article on how to make a cloud engineer resume, but it’s worth repeating: put the skills section in a prominent area!

Skills are one of the first things recruiters look for when they open a resume, so you want to make sure they have no problem finding them. That being said, you of course want to include technical skills, like programming languages and tools, but recruiters also want to see soft skills like communication and leadership skills.

Here are some of the top skills recruiters look for in DevOps engineer resumes.

Programming languages

  • Python
  • Golang (Go)
  • JavaScript
  • Bash
  • Powershell

Tools

  • Docker/Kubernetes
  • Ansible/Terraform
  • Database tools like Amazon DynamoDB or Oracle Database
  • SQL tools like MySQL or PostgreSQL
  • Git
  • Experience using the Linux or Unix operating systems

Soft skills

  • Good written and verbal communication
  • Agile software development
  • Creativity
  • Understanding of continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD)
  • Good time management
  • Detail-oriented and big-picture thinking

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While not required, certifications are powerful additions to your resume. Becoming certified usually requires a nominal financial commitment and what can be a serious time commitment, depending on the certification.

Here are some of the best certifications for DevOps engineers to add to their resumes:

  • AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional
  • Microsoft Certified: DevOps Engineer Expert
  • Professional Cloud DevOps Engineer
  • MongoDB Professional Certification
  • Docker Certified Associate (DCA)
  • Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ansible Automation

Where to find DevOps training

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Thanks to the proliferation of massive open online courses (MOOCs) and coding bootcamps, finding DevOps training is easier than ever. Many elearning sites like edX, Udemy, and Coursera offer DevOps courses. Some of these courses are offered by companies like AWS and IBM, but you can also find accredited courses from top universities like Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, and UC Davis.

Of course, you can also learn key DevOps programming languages and concepts on learn-to-code sites like freeCodeCamp and CodeAcademy. Should you choose a more traditional route, a degree in computer science will prepare you for a career in DevOps.

Where to find DevOps jobs

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DevOps jobs are readily available on job sites like LinkedIn and Indeed, but you’ll also find them on more niche job sites like Dice and FlexJobs. Online communities on platforms like Slack, Discord, and Reddit are good places to look as well.

If you’d like a hand landing your next opportunity, consider submitting your resume to a tech recruiting agency. For a list of the best tech recruiting agencies to explore, read our article on the subject here.

Your turn

By following these resume tips, you’re well on your way to a successful career in DevOps. Remember to update your resume regularly, and supplement your job applications with a robust portfolio and killer cover letter.

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