The 7th step towards becoming a great video game tester and getting hired for video game tester jobs involves creating a cover letter and resume that showcase your passion for video games, your dream of making a career out of being a video game tester, and the benefits you can bring your new employer.

Many are unnecessarily intimidated by the idea of creating a professional resume and cover letter, and as a result, don’t project confidence that they can do the job and bring benefit to their new employer in their writing. For this reason, many resumes simply don’t get a second glance. The way past this stumbling block is simply to focus on these three things:

• What you can do well. Here would be a great area to discuss any unpaid experience you have acquired beta testing or testing games at home while working through a software testing guide while testing a video game.

• What you have done well. Highlight in your work experience areas where you given ownership of a particular area, and how well you did that particular task or area of ownership. An example might be “improved the time it took to clean a 12×14 carpet by 10% while maintaining or improving quality standards”, or “grew sales in my area by 7%”.

• How your work experience benefited your employer. An example might be “improved profit in the plumbing department by 8%” or “developed a process that increased efficiency by 11%, thus reducing man-hours billed to company X”.

Your cover letter should cover the same areas – what you have done well in the past, what you dream of doing in the future, and what you can do in the here and now for your future employer. In specific relation to the video game industry, and getting hired for video game tester jobs, be sure and highlight any unpaid beta testing, bugs filed, knowledge gained on test plans and test case creation and matrixes, as well as showcasing any knowledge gained of the video game industry and testing video games in particular, and software in general.

Designing a resume and cover letter within this general framework will give you a huge leg up against other entry-level video game testers, and guarantees that you will be interviewed and hired for your first video game tester job – and have no problem finding new video game tester jobs after you have completed your first gig!

For more detailed information on creating a winning resume and cover letter specific to the video game industry, as well as hundreds of active game tester job listings, consider visiting what we consider to be the best video game tester jobs website available, Only4Gamers.

By Jonathon Halston
Video Game Tester Jobs Advisor

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