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Your resume is responsible for so much when looking for a job. LiveCareer wants to make it easy for you to ensure that your resume has everything employers are looking for. That is why we have compiled expert advice and provided a senior IT quality assurance analyst resume sample to show you which common mistakes to avoid.
Manage the feeling of your resume
Before looking at the content of this resume sample, take a glance at it like an employer might. Does it seem like this resume gives off an intimidating feeling? It is a large block of text that is not broken up at all. Even before employers start reading, they are already being given a bad impression. Fixing this problem can be a difficult task to undertake, but the best resumes take the appearance of the document into careful consideration. More advanced techniques to break the content up will be explored later, but some simple options that do not require changing a single word include changing the alignment of section titles up and adding line dividers between sections.
Get the right length for your summary
Most resumes suffer from summaries that are too short, but this sample has the opposite problem. You should aim for about four lines with your summary. This one is more than six full lines, which is a huge contributing factor to the resume’s overall intimidating feel. Remember that this is the first thing employers will read. You do not want to exhaust them before they get to the meat of your resume, or maybe even keep them from even beginning. We suggest shorting the summary to: Customer-oriented and accomplished IT professional with more than six years of experience in Oracle EBS design and configuration, with specialties in Oracle Procure to Pay, requirements elicitation, and test / QA management. Strong analytical, problem solving, communication, and leadership skills; proven talent for building positive relationships, working collaboratively with cross-functional groups across multiple business areas, and meeting project milestones under aggressive deadlines.
Format the highlights correctly
After the summary, you should highlight your skills. This section usually functions to break the content up. Unfortunately, this resume formatted the skills section incorrectly, and these benefits were lost. First of all, it should be a bulleted list made of two columns of three or four points each. Secondly, as it is now, the content is inappropriate. Some of the unnecessary information from the summary could be moved here, such as:
This section should include personal traits, as well as technical abilities.
Polish your experiences section
The one section where this resume sample shines is the experience history. Even though it is so well done, there is always room for improvement, especially in a section as important as this one. The only technical mistake that was made is the occasional failure to start a bullet point with an action verb. The writer did an excellent job ensuring each point was informational, had no personal pronouns, and each position had an appropriate number of bullets. You should aim for five to eight for each job, but older positions can have fewer. After realigning the introductions to further improve the resume’s blocking issue, it might look like this: Intern06/2006 ? 08/2006 THOMSON FINANCIALNew York, NY
Hopefully this resume sample has helped you figure out how you will create your own resume. Use the LiveCareer Resume Builder to get started.