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
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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:
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:
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)
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
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.
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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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.
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