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Grouping Java skills by categories

I would like to group skill items from typical Java developer resumes – aka CVs – in a somewhat standardized way. See this jsfiddle for some work-in-progress.

I came up with the primary and secondary categories listed below, each with some sample items.

Your feedback is highly appreciated. Please comment on this blog post.

  • Java features and APIs:
    • Configurable JVM feature (Garbage collection, Remote debugging, JMX, etc)
    • Java language feature (Generics, Threads, Annotations, Enums, Lambdas, …)
    • Java SE API (Collections, Date/Time, NIO, java.util.concurrent, …)
    • Java EE API (EJB, JMS, JPA, JSF, JSP, …)
    • Java SE UI (Swing, JavaFX, WebStart, Applets, …)
    • 3rd party Open Source web frameworks (Struts, Wicket, Spring MVC, …)
    • Other 3rd party Open Source framework (Spring, Hibernate, …)
    • Closed-source vendor technology (Java based but no JSR)
  • Java Tools/Servers:
    • Application Servers (Websphere, Weblogic, JBoss, Glassfish, Tomcat, Jetty, …),
    • Developer Tools (IntelliJ, Eclipse, Netbeans, …)
    • Build automation tools (Maven, Ant, Jenkins, Teamcity, Bamboo, …)
    • Profiling and test tools (JVisualVM, SoapUI, JMeter, …)
  • Methodologies (software engineering approaches and practices):
    • Project level: Agile, Waterfall, RUP, …
    • Engineering level: Dependency Injection (DI), Object-Oriented Development (OOP), Continuous Integration (CI), …
  • Relevant non-Java technologies:
    • Web technologies (HTML, CSS, JQuery, JavaScript, SVG, …)
    • Scripting languages (bash, Perl, ksh, Groovy, ruby, etc)
    • Operating systems (Linux, MacOS, Solaris, …)
    • Database servers (Oracle, MS SQL server, Sybase, …)
    • Team tools (Confluence, JIRA, Crucible, …)
    • Other programming languages (C, C++, Cobol, Fortran, Scala, …)
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  1. November 19, 2014 at 14:07

    I would include a “JVM Technologies” section, which for example could have a sub-section for JVM languages (Scala, Clojure, JRuby, …)

    • November 19, 2014 at 20:51

      Good idea. Thanks, Mark!

  2. November 20, 2014 at 04:40

    The category hierarchy makes sense and is consistent. I would perhaps separate Java Tools and Java Servers to main level subcategories of their own. What also would be useful is some sort of self-assessment of skill level on each item (e.g. scale 1-5) and/or number of years used professionally.

    I wonder if the level of detail is a bit too high for an average hiring manager though?

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