Putting a programming language on your resume?

  • How much experience do you need in a language before you can put it on your resume? There is one language I'm in proficient in (Java) which I would definitely put on the resume but say I took I couple of semester courses in college which involved extensive programming in C or self-taught myself C# but have written no meaningful projects in it, can I put those languages on the resume without having the employer laugh at it or perceive it as resume inflation?

    résumé help is off-topic per [help/on-topic]

    @gnat well ok but the upvotes show that this is a useful question to dozens of people, and it was migrated *to* here in 2011. If it can't be reopened here, can it be migrated to another site?

  • DVK

    DVK Correct answer

    10 years ago

    You can always list languages (as well as other skills) in tiers on a resume:

    Proficient:    Java, Lisp
    Familiar with: Perl, C++

    As a guy looking at a resume, I will appreciate both the honesty and the effort; and when bringing you in the first question you usually get asked is to rate your individual language proficiency more precisely, orally or on paper.

    +1 : In my resume I have languages separated like this : "Languages :  Main (knowledge and daily experience) : ...  Experienced: ...  Used in the past: ...  Interests and Curiosity: ... " I've been told by recruiters that it's a good idea and they will ask the same from other candidates (and i got the job).

    This is what I do as well.

    I use `Exposure to` to describe the languages I have used briefly.

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