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Adapting a resume to get a promotion

21stCentury21stCentury Bismuth OS Fully Operational2019-07-12 - KeystoneRegistered User regular
Hello, this is kinda of embarassing but i'm wondering how exactly one "adapts" or "tailors" their resume to get a job.

There's a job opening at my current place of employ for a better job. I want it, but i'm not sure how to put my best foot forward.

I'm currently a Games tester and i want to be a Senior tester, which implies managing testers.

I did not have a lot of jobs with applicable experience. in fact, i have not had a lot of jobs period.

But i've been working as a tester for 4-ish years now, so i do know a lot about that part of the job.

Do I abrige my Resume, removing/just listing the other jobs without extrapolating on what i did there? I honestly don't know how that works. i have a lot of skills that are applicable, just, not a whole lot of which came from my brief stint as a MLM recruiter.

Thanks in advance.

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  • zepherinzepherin Registered User regular
    edited February 11
    Well first thing to do is take the job you want and pull out all the keywords. It’s be right in the position description leadership scrum master etc.

    Then put those into your current and previous positions.

    For cutting down old experience. It depends. How much experience do you have without the old stuff. For example I go back to the first office job, but I’ve dropped mediaplay 7-11 and my stints with the city off it.

    If you only have 4 years with your current company and previously it was MLM and call center experience, keep that, highlight the management and set starter aspect of those but drop the not applicable. If you don’t have a degree you’ll want a tight 1 page. If you have a degree you can get away with a 1.25 or 1.5 page resume.

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  • 21stCentury21stCentury Bismuth OS Fully Operational 2019-07-12 - KeystoneRegistered User regular
    edited February 11
    zepherin wrote: »
    Well first thing to do is take the job you want and pull out all the keywords. It’s be right in the position description leadership scrum master etc.

    Then put those into your current and previous positions.

    For cutting down old experience. It depends. How much experience do you have without the old stuff. For example I go back to the first office job, but I’ve dropped mediaplay 7-11 and my stints with the city off it.

    If you only have 4 years with your current company and previously it was MLM and call center experience, keep that, highlight the management and set starter aspect of those but drop the not applicable. If you don’t have a degree you’ll want a tight 1 page. If you have a degree you can get away with a 1.25 or 1.5 page resume.

    I have a degree but i'm not sure how to make it more than just 2 lines (where, what and when)? Applied everything else so far, at least.

    EDIT: The degree gave me good applicable skills, so i put those in the skills section already.

    21stCentury on
  • zepherinzepherin Registered User regular
    zepherin wrote: »
    Well first thing to do is take the job you want and pull out all the keywords. It’s be right in the position description leadership scrum master etc.

    Then put those into your current and previous positions.

    For cutting down old experience. It depends. How much experience do you have without the old stuff. For example I go back to the first office job, but I’ve dropped mediaplay 7-11 and my stints with the city off it.

    If you only have 4 years with your current company and previously it was MLM and call center experience, keep that, highlight the management and set starter aspect of those but drop the not applicable. If you don’t have a degree you’ll want a tight 1 page. If you have a degree you can get away with a 1.25 or 1.5 page resume.

    I have a degree but i'm not sure how to make it more than just 2 lines (where, what and when)? Applied everything else so far, at least.
    Here’s how mine reads

    Bachelor of Arts: Social Science October 2009

    3.8 GPA, graduated with distinction. Dean’s List in 2008-2009.

    Coursework includes 18 semester hours in
    Computer Science, 26 semester hours in Math and Physics, and 12 semester hours in Environmental Science and Policy.

    Coursework also includes Economics, Ethics, Japanese, Technical Writing, and Industrial Psychology.

    I can’t make it bullet point each of those paragraphs in this forum.

  • 21stCentury21stCentury Bismuth OS Fully Operational 2019-07-12 - KeystoneRegistered User regular
    zepherin wrote: »
    zepherin wrote: »
    Well first thing to do is take the job you want and pull out all the keywords. It’s be right in the position description leadership scrum master etc.

    Then put those into your current and previous positions.

    For cutting down old experience. It depends. How much experience do you have without the old stuff. For example I go back to the first office job, but I’ve dropped mediaplay 7-11 and my stints with the city off it.

    If you only have 4 years with your current company and previously it was MLM and call center experience, keep that, highlight the management and set starter aspect of those but drop the not applicable. If you don’t have a degree you’ll want a tight 1 page. If you have a degree you can get away with a 1.25 or 1.5 page resume.

    I have a degree but i'm not sure how to make it more than just 2 lines (where, what and when)? Applied everything else so far, at least.
    Here’s how mine reads

    Bachelor of Arts: Social Science October 2009

    3.8 GPA, graduated with distinction. Dean’s List in 2008-2009.

    Coursework includes 18 semester hours in
    Computer Science, 26 semester hours in Math and Physics, and 12 semester hours in Environmental Science and Policy.

    Coursework also includes Economics, Ethics, Japanese, Technical Writing, and Industrial Psychology.

    I can’t make it bullet point each of those paragraphs in this forum.

    Ah, I don't think this could apply cleanly to my academics due to having a weird system in the province.

  • zepherinzepherin Registered User regular
    zepherin wrote: »
    zepherin wrote: »
    Well first thing to do is take the job you want and pull out all the keywords. It’s be right in the position description leadership scrum master etc.

    Then put those into your current and previous positions.

    For cutting down old experience. It depends. How much experience do you have without the old stuff. For example I go back to the first office job, but I’ve dropped mediaplay 7-11 and my stints with the city off it.

    If you only have 4 years with your current company and previously it was MLM and call center experience, keep that, highlight the management and set starter aspect of those but drop the not applicable. If you don’t have a degree you’ll want a tight 1 page. If you have a degree you can get away with a 1.25 or 1.5 page resume.

    I have a degree but i'm not sure how to make it more than just 2 lines (where, what and when)? Applied everything else so far, at least.
    Here’s how mine reads

    Bachelor of Arts: Social Science October 2009

    3.8 GPA, graduated with distinction. Dean’s List in 2008-2009.

    Coursework includes 18 semester hours in
    Computer Science, 26 semester hours in Math and Physics, and 12 semester hours in Environmental Science and Policy.

    Coursework also includes Economics, Ethics, Japanese, Technical Writing, and Industrial Psychology.

    I can’t make it bullet point each of those paragraphs in this forum.

    Ah, I don't think this could apply cleanly to my academics due to having a weird system in the province.

    I mean it doesn’t have to be exact but if you’ve got classes that you took that are relevant throw them in.

  • DirtmuncherDirtmuncher Registered User regular
    I went from regular to senior some time ago, although in a different field. I included big projects I worked on during my time as regular. And during the interview I pointed out how I worked on these projects and what I did to solve/handle certain problems and how that makes me fit to be a senior.

    Are you close with any seniors? I would find out what they are looking for in a senior. In my line of work it's not only doing the more sensitive projects but also making final decisions and teaching the new kids.

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    zepherin
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