When a quality analyst resume lands on the desk of a recruiter or hiring manager they’re looking for two things:
That you know what you’re doing.
That you’ve proven you know what you’re doing.
Knowing what you’re doing means emphasizing three things:
Your qualifications (a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Computer Science or Computer Application).
Your knowledge of fundamental SDLC, manual testing concepts, and programming languages such as SQL, Oracle, C, and C++.
Your skills in MS Office, Dreamweaver, LINUX, UNIX, and other job-related tools.
Proving that you know what you’re doing means showing how you’ve used your quality analyst knowledge to make a difference.
Now, because recruiters receive dozens of resumes for every job opening, they like to make their life easier. They do this by using Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to “read” resumes for them.
They’ll tell the ATS to look for certain keywords in quality analyst resumes and the ones that include them… BINGO! They’re on the shortlist.
How do get your resume to beat the ATS?
By reading the quality analyst job description.
If the description asks for “experience in developing test scenarios using QC” and you’re a QC whizz-kid, include the words “developed test scenarios in QC” on your resume.
Litter your resume with keywords from top to bottom.
Here’s What a Recruiter Will Look for in Your Quality Analyst Resume:
Your qualifications as a quality analyst
What job-related skills you have that will benefit the role (i.e. MS Access, analytics, and statistics skills)
Which programming languages, application tools and operating systems you have knowledge of
Any job-relevant quality analyst certifications that you have
Which quality analyst projects you’ve worked on and how your work made a difference
The Most Important Sections of a Quality Analyst Resume:
Quality analyst experience
Quality analyst projects
Recruiters and hiring managers are no different from the rest of us. They like to skim read, picking out bits that catch the eye.
Of course, you have no idea which parts of your resume will catch the eye. So write each section with the mentality that it’s the only section the recruiter will read.
And that includes the header. Speaking of which...
You’re Probably Underestimating the Importance of Your Quality Analyst Resume Header
One thing you can assume is that a recruiter will read the header first.
It’s natural. They want to know who’s resume they’re looking at.
This is your chance to position yourself as a quality analyst worth paying attention to.
Unfortunately, too many quality analyst resumes miss the opportunity to make a good first impression by leading with something like this:
San Jose, CA
Not awful, just a bit “meh”. Nothing grabs the reader. But check out what happens when we flesh the header out:
John Fisher - BS CS
San Jose, CA
Now we have a header that means business. One that shows the candidate has the quality analyst skills and is ready to show what they can do.
Include a qualification and online portfolio in your quality analyst resume header
If you have a qualification that can enhance your credentials, include it after your name. It shows that you’re a serious candidate.
Including a link to a portfolio like a GitHub page also makes the right first impression. It shows the recruiter that you’re sharing your work online and collaborating with others in the data analysis community.
If you don’t have a GitHub page, include a link to your website or LinkedIn profile instead. Any professional online presence you have is a chance to strengthen your position.
Grab Attention with a Powerful Quality Analyst Professional Summary
The professional summary is your elevator pitch. It’s your chance to tell the reader in as few words as possible why:
a) You’re the right person for the job.
b) They should spend more time reading through your resume.
This section needs to show your passion for data and demonstrate why you’re great at what you do.
A dedicated quality analyst with experience in manual and automated testing. Looking to further my career in a new role.
The above example is too lightweight. There’s nothing for a reader to get their teeth into. To grab attention you need to think about your motivations and show what you’ve done with your experience.