A commonly asked question, mostly by newcomers into IT, is- “Do you have a sample software testing resume that I can use?”
Sure, we all learn by seeing. To begin with we need to establish a point of reference, so there is no harm in checking out someone else’s resume. However, relying completely on it and trying to tailor it to suit our needs is not always the best way to create our own resume.
How would it be if we took a picture of a perfect looking person and photo shopped your face to it – it just would not be right, would it? The same rationale applies here.
Each of us come from different educational backgrounds, different professional exposure and are at different proficiency levels – our resume has to be a snap shot of everything that is uniquely us. The piece of paper (or electronic document) is a representation of ourselves when we could not be there in person.
Therefore it is of utmost important to let your resume capture the essence of who you are as a professional.
Software Testing Resume Template
Every IT resume has the following sections. Of course, the order in which these sections appear is a personal choice. We have found the below order very effective, so stick to it if you think so too.
a) The header – basic information about how to reach you – Name, Address, Email ID, Phone number, link to your profile on a professional network, certifications etc.
b) Objective – Optional section, especially useful to explain your choice of getting into IT- QA field if you have not been from a computer science background and have a different career prior to now, or if you have been from a certain branch of IT and want to transition to another one.
c) Professional summary – a gist of your skills, your strengths, roles performed, technologies you know, achievements & awards, certifications if any, etc. Start with the points that are most significant in the list.
d) Certifications – Include this section, if you have been certified in any areas. Note: I have come across some new comers who include – “preparing for ISQTB” or something to that effect in this section. This is generally not appropriate. Include only the ones that you have already been certified. For multiple certifications use a table.
e) Work experience – list all the organizations you worked for until now. A table works best for this. Order the columns in this table by keeping your most recent experience as the first row.
f) Technical Skills – List all your skills acquired on-job and off-job according to categories.
g) Educational information - Tabular format works best for this too. Start with your highest education as the first row. Provide the P.G/ graduation/10+2/10 standard, year of passing, institution/city you went to next. It is optional to include the score you received.
h) Projects - Projects is a main section in itself. This is where specific information about the kind of work you have performed during the course of your previous employment leading up to now. In case of multiple projects start with your most recent project and move to the next.
If you’re an expert software QA tester, but your resume is full of defects, test-drive this sample resume for an experienced tester to see how you can market your credentials.
About Cynergies Solutions:
At Cynergies Solutions Group, we know how important it is to make the right career move. That’s why we take the time to get to know your unique skill set and understand where you’ve been professionally – and where you’re aspiring to go.