I am a backend engineer with 3 years of experience at a Fortune 500 company and I am planning to apply to Big Tech. I can fill the experience section with bullet points listing things I have accomplished on my team. Should I still include a personal project on my resume? Will it count against me if I do not include a projects section?
Is it necessary for an experienced software engineer to include personal projects on their resume?
Definitely not, but you probably should work on personal projects and add them anyways. Here's why:
Will it count against me if I do not include a projects section?
Only if your work experience feels stretched out and thin (i.e. has some bullet points that feel weak). However, as I mentioned before, I think this will likely be the case with 3 years of experience.