5 Refining Tips for A Ninja Resume – 5 Minute Resume Makeover

Do you know that employer spend only 20 to 30 seconds to review your resume? To get it noticed in such a short time frame your resume must be appealing, organized, and error free.

Today’s article is about refining your resume so it finds you your dream job.

Here are a few guidelines that will make your resume stand out from the crowd:

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5 Quick Tips to Refine Your Resume

#1) Less is more

There is no need to write pages and pages about your projects, your experience, your achievements etc. Please note that no one gets hired based on the resume. It is to summarize you professionally and based on it, you will get called for an interview where you will have your chance to explain it all.

Here are some things you can avoid, to keep your resume short and relevant:

i) Objective:

This section is unnecessary because the objective of any job applicant is to get the job. So writing that one more time is irrelevant and redundant. However, if you are from a different field of work and are transitioning into the current role then you can use this section.

For many beginner testers, this is true. You might have been working in a completely unrelated field. You have decided to pursue an IT QA career.

Many of our STH students definitely are in this situation and I am often asked to give examples of what they could write in this section.

Point #1: You don’t have to absolutely write this section. So, if you are not comfortable explaining, give it a miss.

Point #2: If you have decided to write it, remember, there are no wrong reasons only wrong ways of expressing those reasons.

Let me give you an example.

One of the students asked me- “I am in this for money. I like troubleshooting and since testing allows it and pays good money, I am willing to try QA. How do I say this to the employer without sounding like a gold-digger?”

Simple.

Find the right words. Your objective in this case can be– “To find a challenging QA position that puts my troubleshooting skills to good use and supports me better, financially.”

Finally, one or two lines are all you get. Don’t go overboard.

ii) Previous Work Experience:

If you have worked in unrelated fields, your resume need not have that information because it is irrelevant to the current position.

iii) Project Information:

Try not to include in-depth details about the application’s architecture or strategy. This will be a red-flag as companies view it as ‘giving away confidential information’ which boils down to lack of integrity on your (the applicant’s) part.



#2) Full disclosure is not necessary

A lot of times I get questions such as – Do I have to mention my educational qualification? Do I include the year of my graduation or my major in college or my percentage in high school?

No.

Resumes are about putting your best foot forward and if there is something you don’t want to bring attention to- Don’t write it.

Are you thinking, isn’t it lying? No, it isn’t.

We have a little time to make an impression on the hiring person and we want our achievements to back us up. The rest doesn’t matter.

#3) Don’t get Personal

#4) Be Professional

#5) Get your basics right

As always, I hope this article has served you.

About author: Swati S, our STH team member has provided this useful piece of resume advice.

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