QA Resume Preparation Guidelines

by Alina Gazarova on February 5, 2015

Even before the interviewer meets you he will meet your resume. The interviewer looking at your resume is 20% of the interview happening without you even knowing it. Attaching a cover letter really impresses and makes you look traditionally formal. Yes, even if you are sending your CV through email send a cover letter.

The following should be included in your resume:

  • Start with an objective or summary, for instance:
    • Worked as a senior tester for more than 4 years.
    • Implemented testing automation in projects.
    • Followed the industry’s best practices and adhered and implemented processes, which enhanced the quality of technical delivery.
    • Pledge to deliver the best technical solutions to the industry.
  • Specify your core strengths at the start of your resume so the interviewer can decide quickly if you are eligible for the position.

For example:

  • Looked after SQA and testing department independently.
  • Played a major role in software testing automation.
  • Worked extensively in software testing planning and estimation.
  • Well-versed with the CMMI process and followed it extensively in projects.
  • Looking forward to work as an SQA or in a senior manager position. (This is also a good place to specify your objective or position, which makes it clear to the interviewer that he should call you for an interview.)

For instance, if you are looking for a senior position specify it explicitly: ‘looking for a senior position.’ Any kind of certification such as CSTE, etc., you should make visible in this section.

  • Once you have specified briefly your goals and what you have done it’s time to specify what type of technology you have worked with. For instance, BVA, automated QA, processes (Six Sigma, CMMI), TPA analysis, etc.
  • After that you can give a run through of your experience company-wise, that is, what company you have worked with, year/month joined and year/month left. This will give an overview to the interviewer of what type of companies you have associated yourself with. Now it’s time to mention all the projects you have worked on until now. It is best to start in descending order, that is, from your current project backward.

For every project include these things:

  • Project name/client name (It’s sometimes unethical to mention a client’s name; I leave it to the readers.)
  • Number of team members.
  • Time span of the project.
  • Tools, languages, and technology used to complete the project.
  • Brief summary of the project. Senior people who have much experience tend to increase their CV by putting in summaries for all projects. It is best for them to just put descriptions of the first three projects in descending order and the rest they can offer verbally during the interview.
  • Finally, include your education and personal details.
  • If working in a foreign country, remember your passport number.
  • Your resume should not be more than 4 to 5 pages.
  • Do not mention your salary in your CV. You can talk about it during the interview.
  • When you are writing summaries of projects make them effective by using verbs such as managed a team of 5 members, architected the project from start to finish, etc.
  • Make 4 to 5 copies of your resume as you will need them.
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