Career Testing
Career Testing
Career Testing
CVS / AUG. 17, 2014
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How to Write a Resume for a Video Game Tester

Video game testing is a job that THOUSANDS of young men and women around the country would love to have, for it involves little more than playing video games - and getting PAID to do so! If you want to apply for a job as a video game tester, you’ll need a resume. However, video game tester resume is QUITE different than any ordinary resume.

First off, find yourself a good template for your resume. You want a format that allows you to list your skills and experience clearly, making it easier for the hiring manager to read. However, the template shouldn’t be too simple or formal, as the job you’re applying for involves creativity and versatility. Look for a template that is cutting edge, and a bit outside the box. Boring stock resumes may not get you that job.

You can find a few great templates here…

At the top of your resume, you’ll need to add all of your personal information. If you are applying directly, list your full name, email address, phone number, home address, and any links to social media websites that backup your claims of being a gamer. If you are sending the resume via an agency, remove your home address from the resume.

Your resume should begin with a one or two-sentence summary of what makes you the right gamer for the job. Are you an artist, a software engineer, or a graphic designer? Add that into your summary to describe who you are and what you bring to the table, along with a few characteristics, skills, and personality traits that makes you the right person for the job.

For example, "Video design specialist excelling at improving video game quality and usability" is a good way to describe yourself.

Next, list the things that you have accomplished in your video game testing career. Don’t list your skills yet, but instead list the things that you have achieved over the years. For example, "optimized frame rate of X Video Game from 45 to 60 FPS". List your achievements clearly, and quantify them so that the hiring manager can easily see what you can do.

If you have never worked as a video game tester, you’ll need to list the skills that are relevant to video gaming. For example, "Finished God of War III in 12 hours", "Level 90 Ranger in WoW", or "Completed Injustice: Gods Among Us". All of these things show that you are a dedicated, experienced video gamer, one who can accomplish a lot with your video gaming skills. A lot of video game testing companies are looking for individuals who are adept at video games, so let them know the games in which you excel.

A few final tips before you submit that resume:

  1. Get it proofread for mistakes. Nothing ruins a great resume like a silly spelling, grammar, or punctuation error.
  2. Keep it short-no longer than 1 page.
  3. Make it easy to read, formatting for quick skimming.
  4. Save the resume as a PDF as well as a Word file. Send the PDF file, but keep the Word file in order to make changes in the future.

Follow the tips above, you’ll create a video game resume that will blow the socks off any hiring manager anywhere!


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