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Resume samples and targeted advice from job search experts have the potential to enhance the quality of your resume and pique employers’ interest in you. To lend a hand, we took a Test Management resume sample and showed it to expert resume builders. They identified several common errors so that you don’t make them. Read the following paragraphs, and apply the information to your resume. It should impress anyone, even a picky hiring manager.
Keep resumes to one or two pages
The applicant for this sample resume has a lot of experience and is proud of itunderstandably. However, resumes should not exceed two pages. As a general rule, keep entry-level resumes to one page. If you have more experience, it’s fine to use two pages to avoid leaving out essential information. What this applicant should do is take advantage of resume addendums to detail each project worked on.
Streamline the career overview
Even if your resume is two pages and has an addendum, your career overview, also called a summary, needs to be sleek. The career overview for this sample resume clocks in at nine lines and two paragraphs; keep this section to four, five or six lines, and one paragraph. Also avoid repeating words such as proven. Use this section to provide an overview of your experience and to name two or three major skill sets and a few soft skills. What you talk about should directly relate to the job you’re applying for. In this sample, the QA management experience is less relevant than the test management expertise.
The importance of proofreading cannot be overstated. For example, one instance of first person creeps into the resume; I was involved in the release process. What may have happened here is that the job candidate didn’t have other people take a look, or outside folks did look at the resume, but it was too long and they zoned out. In any case, proofread and don’t use first person. There are a few other problems with the I was involved in the release process statement as well. It’s passive voice; you want to start descriptions with active verbs. It’s also vague. What does involved mean? Because most of the bullet points in this section have to do with the release process, it’s probably safe to simply delete this line. Proofreading would also catch a few other problematic bullet points such as Also performed Negative testing, and Actively participated in certifying SI.com releases in QA, Pre-Production and Production. Grammatical errors include forgetting to pluralize testers in Managed over 25 tester across different projects.
Mind Your Gaps
It seems as if this applicant is unemployed. The most recent job is described in past tense and has an end month. We don’t know how much time has passed since the last month at the company and the job application/sample resume. However, depending on how much time has passed since you’ve worked, you want to show that you’ve continued to develop even in the absence of paying work. Volunteer work included in the Professional Experience or Relevant Experience section can do this, or you can decide to begin some freelancing or consulting work in order to list it. Also include classes, publications and seminars to show your growth in the absence of paid work. Your resume needs to set you apart and let your skills shine, like some changes to this Test Management resume sample would do. Get some help from the experts when you turn to QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to bolster your chances of being called for an interview.