Several commenters said my post lacks context, so I will try to provide more of it.
I am a software tester who has transitioned into this role recently. During the last year, I have been taking intensive online classes and studying and practicing outside class.
The school part is over, and now my classmates and I are working on resumes, prepping for interviews, etc. The people operating the school as well as other professionals I know told me that in order to break into the tester industry we have to look like we have 5-7 years of experience; therefore, our resume has to reflect several years of experience.
I know three people who have also gone to tester schools, not the same one as me, and they all dealt with the same situation, so it is not only the school I went to that says this about the resume. I had to make-up/create some past job experiences in order to make myself look experienced in cumulative years (I do have the relevant knowledge and skills...).
I had several seasoned testers (who know me) peer-review my resume, and one of them advised me to leave out the company names, and this person said that that's how she has her resume and seen others do likewise. This person is the only person to suggest this, and I never heard of leaving out company names on resumes, and this is why I am trying to get a broader range of opinions. Is this a good idea, not including company names? I assume since these past jobs don't really exist for me, maybe that's why I should not include the company names...?