Steps for building a strong CV for QA profile
The challenge of life, I have found, is to build a resume that doesn’t simply tell a story about what you want to be, but it’s a story about who you want to be. — Oprah Winfrey
Every individual aims for enrichment of selfhood so that one can earn substantial possessions in life and impact the society in a valuable way. To realize this responsibility, we need to put our best effort to secure a worthy position for an outshined future. And to achieve this task, we need some tool to showcase our skills and abilities to the desired entity to judge our capability. The best tool available in the global market which can showcase our abilities is “Curriculum Vitae (CV)” also known as Resume or Biodata.
Based on the region’s culture we arrange our skill information in one particular way and showcase in the prevailed manner. The rationale behind the culturally different identifiers for Application document is:
Curriculum Vitae (CV): A CV (Curriculum Vitae, which means course of life in Latin) is an in-depth document that can be laid out over two or more pages and it contain a high level detail of our skills and achievements. The CV covers our education as well as any other accomplishments like publications, awards, honors etc.
Resume: A resume, or résumé, is a concise skill document concluded in less than two pages as assumed, that the designated reader will not dwell on the document for prolonged time. The goal of a resume is to make an individual stand out from the emulation.
The regional existences of these identifiers are:
- CV’s are used in UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Germany & Mainland Europe
- In US & Canada, the preferred skill document is Resume.
- For the Australia, India and South Africa, terms Resume and CV are used interchangeably.
To make an impressive CV, we should always focus on gaining the best experience in our field. For Software Quality Assurance field, we should understand the concept behind this terminology and the importance and rationale behind the different phases like Development, Testing & Maintenance phase. We should learn multiple skills in quality assurance like understanding the Domain specific Knowledge, learn different tools & technologies for enhancing the verification horizon, gain the end-to-end knowledge about the system and processes, having good communication skills etc. will always help us to achieve our goal. Apart from these, Certifications with valid experience enhance the individual’s experience to accomplish the targets.
Once we have knowledge about our skills, we may proceed to create our CV/Resume.
Following segments will be included in the CV’s:
- Header: It should have the Name, Designation, Number of experience, Email id, Mobile Number, Location details.
- Career Objective: A must thing to have in our CV to depict our goals.
- Career Summary: It shows our current state of professional career.
- Education Qualification: Mention about the education details in descending chronological format.
- Work Experience: Details about all the prior work experiences.
- Technical Skillset: It should portray your technical skills like Primary Skills, Secondary Skills, etc.
- Certifications & Trainings: Information about all the certifications done and training received.
- Accolades/ Accomplishments: Details about the awards & recognition achieved by individuals
- Key Projects Details: Project Details with the important parameters mentioned are:
- Project name: Name of the Project
- Client name: Name of the client
- Project description: Brief description of the project overview
- Environment: Software coding language, testing tools, Processes to be followed etc.
- Team size: Size of full team
- Key responsibilities: Individuals on job accomplishments.
- Personal Information: Personal Details of the individual to be included:
- Email Address
- Permanent Address
- Date of Birth
- Marital Status
- Languages Known
- Passport Owned
- Any Visa
Most important points to be kept in mind while drafting the document are:
- CV should be brief, not exceeding 3 Pages, readable, comprehensively & clearly expressed, with no irrelevant details and spelling mistakes present.
- There shouldn’t be any incorrect information present on the CV.
- Preparing the CV as per the Job description showcasing the most desirable skills required for the work.
- We should always able to explain every word written in the document without fail to succeed in our goal.
The only mantra to our success is the Quality of work we do and the way we should portray our skills to the world.
Quality is much better than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles. –Steve Jobs