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Keeping your resume updated and professional looking will save you time when you apply for a job. However, building a resume that is readable, ordered well, full of information and specialized for the position you are applying for can be a challenge for someone who is not a resume writing expert. You can use this quality assurance software engineer III resume sample to become more acquainted with the ins and outs of resume writing. ? Promote yourself well ? You have to be able to promote yourself well throughout the entire resume to really catch the eye of a hiring manager. The first place for promotion is the summary section that experts suggest be four to six sentences that highlight your important skills, valuable personality traits and past experience. On the sample resume, the applicant uses this section well, but it could be improved by making a few minor changes: Certified Software Tester with over 12 years of experience. Deliver quality information technology solution to customer by using quality assurance testing ability and a dynamic ability to work under high pressure. Deliver testing excellence to the organization and consistently meet department objectives exceeding expectations through self-motivation. Committed to achieving organizational goals and objectives by using team work and communication skills. The new summary eliminates pronouns and confusing wording to try to make this short sales pitch really stand out. ? Use the right verb tense ? There are a few things that you have to keep in mind when you work on your experience section. Experts suggest that any position that you are still currently in should use present tense, while any position that has an end date should use the past tense. The applicant on the sample resume mixes the past and present tense in the position that is still currently held: QA Engineer III, 10/2012 to Current Cox Communications Atlanta, GA
You also have to remember to consistently use punctuation like periods and commas in order to keep this section looking professional. Experts suggest ending each point in the experience section with a period. ? Know how much information to share ? You also have to be careful not to share too much information in your experience section. Typically you want to share enough information so that the hiring manager sees that you’re a good fit, while keeping the resume to one page for every decade of experience that you have without exceeding three pages. To that end experts suggest that each position that you include should have five to eight points below it, and that you should include the last 15 to 20 years of experience: QA Engineer II, 04/2006 to 01/2009 Cox Communications Atlanta, GA
On the sample resume, this position only had four points and repeated a lot of the same information as other positions on the resume. When you are writing your resume, you want to avoid unneeded repetition. ? Avoid gaps ? Gaps in your history cannot always be avoided. On the sample resume, the applicant lists the year of graduation even though it was almost a decade before the first listed experience creating a gap. Experts suggest that you do not have to include the date of your graduation if it would create a gap on your resume or if it was quite a few years ago. As you are writing your own education section, only include the date if you graduated recently. ? Use sections wisely ? Because your space is limited on a resume, you want to make sure to use sections wisely. Overall on the sample resume the space and sections are used well. However, the applicant lists a certifications section at the end of the resume, but only has one certification listed there. Experts actually suggest that if your certifications and licenses section is only going to have one point, you should include those points in your education or skills section. If any extra section like skills, accomplishments, professional memberships or certifications is only going to have one point in it, try to combine that section with another instead of listing it separately. ? Keep using tools ? Now that you are aware of some common resume writing mistakes and how you can avoid them, you are probably ready to start writing your own standout resume. Make sure to continue to use tools, like QuintCareer’s Resume Builder, as you work on your resume.