“Improving my resume? Do you mean lie?” No, you won’t have to lie to improve your video game tester resume. You don’t have to embellish, exaggerate, fib, and/or stretch the truth. All you have to do is tell the truth. Worried that telling the truth will result in “Sorry, you don’t have enough experience”? Well, don’t be. There is a simple way for you to legitimately gain more experience and display that fact on your resume; and contrary to what you might think, it’s not by “playing more games”.
It’s true that playing more video games will indirectly help get you more testing jobs, but thats not the “way” we’re talking about. To show the, for lack of a better word, illusion of expertise, all you have to do is set up a simple website or blog. The purpose of this website/blog is to openly display your video game experience for others to see; more specifically, game developers.
How does a website or blog help? Basically, it allows possible employers to see, at some level, how involved you are with the video game industry. Obviously, they aren’t going to base their entire decision on how pretty your website looks. However, it will play a small part in you being hired or rejected. So, with that being said, be sure to put some decent effort into your website or blog.
Although not having a website won’t hurt your chances, having a poor website can. If you set one up and display poor information and/or act like a clown, you won’t score any points with the company or developer you’re applying to. As a matter of fact, you’ll probably lose points.
If you don’t know much about creating websites, the best thing you can do is set-up a free blog at blogger.com. Choose a pre-made template and then work from there. Blogger blogs look quite nice and can give you that professional look that you’re going for. It’s either that or you set up your very own website and do everything completely on your own. Your choice.
Your goal here is to present yourself in a professional manner and provide as much accurate information as possible. What you add to the website/blog really doesn’t matter so long as it is video game related and contains some sort of useful info. You can add reviews, previews, hints, cheats, tips, strategy guides, walk-throughs, and/or anything else that you can think of. You have to remember that these developers and game companies are looking for professional video game testers, not occasional game players who think of gaming as a “weekend hobby”; therefore, the more detailed information and content you provide, the better off you’ll be.
If you’re busy and don’t have time to write and then add video game related information to your blog, you could always outsource it to someone else. What does that mean? It simply means you would pay someone to write the reviews, previews, and other information. Some may consider this to be a bit sneaky and dishonest, but that’s up to you to decide. Generally speaking, most testers would rather be “sneaky and have an actual video game tester job” than be “honest and without a job.”
Having a website/blog listed on your resume is a great reference all on it’s own. It clearly shows the company your level of experience with video games and makes you appear dramatically more professional, which is exactly what you want.