New Emerging Trends in the Job Seeking Market (Part 1) – Shorter Resumes

The world of resume and interviews is changing- constantly.

Being in the training and facilitation industry gives us a special insight into this field as we are blessed with students that take the time to keep us posted on their career pursuits and the interviews that they have attended; our heartfelt gratitude to you all always for sharing.

In this article, I will try to consolidate all the trends I have come across, so we can share all that was shared with us by the readers.

First things first: This is a great time of the year for the job market. Post holidays, New Year and new possibilities. So, I have especially had a huge influx of resumes coming to my way and requests for interview guidance.

Unfortunately, some of the requests are to proxy an interview. For those who don’t know what this is: It is to pretend to be someone else and appear to the interview as the interviewee. While this might have short-term results, please bear in mind that companies (especially in the US) have a 30 day probation period. So, a successful interview might not necessarily mean a successful job. “A shortcut is often a wrong cut”- may not be applicable in all situations but in this one, it absolutely does.

Now that we have moved past that, we will examine 3 main trends that are gaining momentum.

#1. Shorter 1 or 2 page resumes
#2. Skype or video-based interviews
#3. Presentation based interviews

QA job trends

Shorter resumes:

If you would like to have a refresher on resume creation, please check this post:
=> How to write a perfect Software Testing resume – Sample QA resume

Few tips to add to the above article are:

  • Take complete control over your resume: Don’t let a resume creation company, family member or a friend to take this over for you.
  • No mistakes: spelling, grammar, hyphenation, margins, alignment, etc.
  • No False information: This is where I am going to hear all of you sigh and say “how is that even possible”- but trust me. When you create a resume that focuses on your skills and strengths, there is really no need for any false information to be included.
  • No confidential information about your previous clients, companies or projects

The current market is really leaning towards shorter resumes than the full versions. 1 or 2 page resumes even for the most experienced ones are preferred. Include the following information in your resume:

  • Header
  • Objective (optional)
  • Professional summary
  • Qualification/certifications/achievements
  • Consolidation of your technical skills
  • Projects

Take a look at the shorter QA resume example:

 


Name
Title (E.g.: Quality Engineer/QA Tester/Manager)
Certifications: (if any)
Contact info: phone, email, address
LinkedIn or other website/blog link (if any)


 

Objective: To excel in a challenging and innovative QA work environment and strive to exercise my full potential (OR) to make a smooth and successful transition into IT- QA post my thorough preparation and internship (OR) (something to that effect. This can be totally optional as well)


 

Professional summary: (This is not very different from the traditional resume- some examples can be as below)

  1. Well versed with SDLC – Agile, Scrum methodologies
  2. Underwent 100 hours of professional training in the Software testing processes
  3. ISTQB or something else certified
  4. Good understanding of the STLC process – Test case documentation, review
  5. Familiarizing with Automation testing using QTP
  6. Involved in testing during the system testing or UAT phases
  7. Expertise in test management using QC or JIRA
  8. Defect management using Bugzilla

 

Certification/qualifications/achievements:
Examples include


  • Certified Software Test Engineer by the QAI in the year 2014.
  • Received the “Pat on back” excellence award for my contribution towards “XYZ” project
  • B.Tech computer science engineer by education, 2010 graduation year
  • Implemented a new framework in QTP

 

Skills:
Examples could be:
Tools: HP UFT, HP ALM – Administration and User, VersionOne-Agile Management software, Atlassian JIRA
Environments: UNIX, Windows, Mac, Mobile- IOS
Programming languages: Java, VBScript
SQL and PL/SQL


 

Projects:
This is where this kind of a resume differs from largely from the existing type. Here is my take on the subject – project description part can be eliminated. In fact, companies prefer it that way, because it shows integrity to not talk about how other clients have implemented a certain system and to instead on your tasks and work highlights. As always, start with your most recent project and keep going backwards.

#1. OpenEMR, hospital management system for XYZ hospitals- Nov 2013 to Dec 2014- Quality Engineer
This is 3 tiered system and we have successfully implemented an end to end testing system that pays special emphasis on release targeted testing and ample regression as well. The team structure was onsite-offshore and agile processes were managed by leveraging VersionOne as the management software.


 

As you can see above, this is hardly a page and for someone with many projects, this could go up to another page more, which makes it 2 pages at the most.

resume tips did you know

Did you know these simple resume tips?

Tip #1. It is believed that an employer does not spend more than 20-30 seconds on a resume. So be sure to take your time with your resume and write the professional summary in a way that your prospective employer is compelled to persuade you.

Tip #2. You do not have to discard your longer resume version when you have the shorter one, not yet at least. There are still some employers who prefer longer ones. Keep both of them handy.

Tip #3. With limited area, it is common to feel tempted to pile on as much as we can onto that one/two pages we have. But that is often counterproductive. Therefore, if you have lots more to say than you can in the 2 pages, take a look at what can stay and what can go – prioritize, purge and reorder. Let the resume have some wiggle room.

Tip #4. When choosing a font, non sans serif ones are the best. Arial, Tahoma, Verdana, Calibri are some of the good choices. Make sure the text is no smaller than 9.5 size and headings 11 or 11.5

For best results, these tips are to be combined with the ones above.

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In conclusion:

That brings us to an end of the first in the career series – Shorter resumes. In the next one, we will shift our focus to interviews and the trends in them and tips to tackle them successfully.

About Author: This resume advice is given by STH team member and instructor Swati S.

As always, we strive for a useful, helpful and an enjoyable reading experience. Please let us know how we did in the comments. You are most welcome to post your questions as well.

Lastly, our very best wishes to all the job seekers out there- All the very best!




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14 comments ↓

#1 Tejaswini

Good one ..thanks for sharing :-)

#2 Kishore

Hi Very good sample.

its true. recruiters dont have more than 30 secs to scan a resume, otherwise they would be just reading resumes for months ;-)

#3 Rohit

Very good and simple tips , worthwhile going through it.

#4 Puneeth

Hi Swati S,
Thank you swati,you given more useful information and please share some sample 3 to 4 experience resume

#5 Pravin

Thanks STH team for providing a valuable information.

#6 Inder

Nice article…… I am a QA tester having only 2 years of experience working on a single’ABC’ proejct. I have worked on many sub-projects/modules inside of main project…..

in that case is this the correct format?

Work Experience:-

Project ‘ABC’
Description: – xxxxxx
Role:- xxxx

Role and Responsibilies:-
1…..
2….
3….

———

Module 1
Desc:- xxxxx
tools used:- xxxx

Module 2
Desc:- xxxxx
tools used:- xxxx

….so on

Now, should i write ‘Roles and Responsibilities” of the Main project or write it for each Module/sub-project?

thanks!

#7 Rashmi

Thanks for useful information STH team, plz share some 3years experience resume preparation, I’m new in IT field.

#8 vaishali

Thank you so much …..I was actually waiting for this kind of helpful article…was badly in need…really very useful

#9 vaishali

Wanted this article …was waiting ….thanku..very helpful

#10 Divya

Good article! thanks for sharing the shorter resume sample- looks impressive; definitely helpful.

#11 Swati Seela

@All: Thanks for the positive feedback and really glad to know this was helpful. For those of you who have been asking for sample resumes- please check the article http://www.softwaretestinghelp.com/writing-perfect-software-testing-resume-free-sample-qa-resume/

#12 Swati Seela

@Inder: It is your call. Check for the length of the resume. If you can convey all your responsibilities in a consolidated way, that would be a good way to go about it. Of course this will not work if there are any specific project related tasks. Hope this helps!

#13 Niharika

Thanks for such useful Tips with examples.
I have one query, when we have worked on many projects says 7 or 8, then it becomes very difficult to keep the resume shorter.
Along with projects, is it not important add the responsibilities for the project?

#14 Chaitanya

Thanks alot for the most valuable information u shared..useful for freshers & experienced too..
Expecting such kind of suggestions more from you..
Keep Rising..

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