Are you ready to write a software testing resume? What all things you need to put into a CV to make it a real display of your skills? Don’t know? Read on to learn the same.
A Resume is the first step when you start searching for a job. It plays vital role for you to get an interview call or not. So the resume should be the one which showcase your skills correctly and present you as the apt person in front of the interviewer.
Resume writing is an art; it should showcase your real skills and should contain correct information. Some people copy sample resumes but forget to change the hobbies and details. Seeing a sample resume is not harm but your resume should be compiled with your details and skillset otherwise you will not be able to showcase your talent.
For a beginner, keep it simple and first start write down all your skills, tools you know, achievements, technologies, projects etc. then start molding it into a template.
First Page is the most important page of your resume. This page should contain crisp and clear details about your skill set and your objective. The employer usually takes only 30-40 sec to scan your resume and based on that your CV is either selected or rejected. Make sure your goal/objective are clear. When you are writing resume for a particular post, take care of few points in the resume
- Make sure you read the job description carefully and then rate yourself in those skill sets and then highlight those skills first.
- Keep the career objective up to the mark and avoid writing stories in the resume.
- Write your on-job accomplishments/achievements on the very first page itself.
If you are a new comer then highlight your area of interest and your projects done within the college time. If you don’t have any software testing background and you want to get into the testing job then start doing dummy /online projects or can try some certifications like ISTQB etc. and those skills can be added in the resume on the very first page.
Nowadays we face high competition in automation/ agile testing. Take some certifications on testing/automation, agile and mention it into your resume, this would be of great help. So always keep learning and accessible yourself with new skills/tools.
Sections to be covered under your resume:
- Personal Details – This contains your personal details which you want to share with the employer like name, email address and phone number. This should be on the top.
- Career Objective – The objective should just one or two liner and should be clear and crisp.
- Experience/ Professional Summary – The summary should be the short trip or snapshot to your resume. It should contain all the previous company and your roles.
- Technical Skills – Technical skills is the most important section in your resume. Employer decision will depend on this. So make sure when you are writing for any job description, this should contain all the skills and tools which you know.
- Testing Skills – Specific to testing, here you should write in which are of testing you have worked upon. For e.g. Requirement analysis, test planning, raising defects, bug tracking, reporting etc.
- Management Skills (If any) – If you are applying for some lead position or above then this is the crucial section of your resume.
- Domain Expertise – This part would tell your expertise in the domains such as banking, insurance, finance etc.
- Projects Done – Mention all your projects accomplished and the awards you achieved in this. Under this section it has four points which should be mentioned
- Client: Which client you worked for?
- Location: where you were located?
- Team Size: number of people you handled or worked with?
- Duration: what was the duration of the project?
- Education Details – It contains your education details .Remember the details should be in reverse order i.e. from highest to lowest.
- References (if any) – Write down if you have any professional references. (This is for experienced ones only).
What points to be considered to make your software testing resume effective?
- First and foremost, try to keep your resume short, crisp with maximum information. You are not writing a story. Use bullet points wherever required.
- Use standard formats for resume – MS word or pdf with a 10/11 as font size.
- Include maximum number of keywords related to software testing skills, these days resumes are picked using search engines.
- Check for grammatical and spelling mistakes. A single spelling mistake would give a wrong impression.
- Focus to write more on technical skills, Take trainings/ certifications to improve on your technical skills.
- Showcase your problem solving skills and give an example for the same.
- Include project details and on job achievements for the same.
- For software testing, you should know at least one defect management tool and test management tool. Learn at least one tool for each, in case you don’t know any and add it to your CV. Some of the tools are like Bugzilla, Jira, Quality center, Test director etc.
- Learn at least one reporting tool and add it to your CV.
- Mention your automation skills like QTP, selenium. These days candidates having automation skills are given more weightage.
- Include certifications related to software testing for e.g. ISTQB, CSTE etc. Some companies consider these certifications as a mandatory requirement while searching for candidates.
- Personal details should only consist of Name, phone number and email address.
- CV should be easily readable.
- Don’t make the CV in tabular format. Only the educational details should be in tabular form.