CV

Create a clean CV

If you have completed all the courses then you can start preparing your CV for QA Internship.

Click the button below and make use of the sample CV. You can simply update your personal information including the Title of the CV and then you are good to go.

[Note: I have included all the skillset that you should have gained after watching the courses.]

Along with CV, it is recommended to update your LinkedIn profile as well. If you have not created a LinkedIn account yet, please create it as soon as possible. You can refer my LinkedIn Profile.

Nowadays companies get too many applicants even for a single position and nobody has time to read every word written in your CV. During your application screening processing, you only get a few seconds to convince the CV reviewer to read more. For that, you need a CV that stands out. Here is what you can do to make a CV that stands out:

Structure your CV

  1. Personal Information
  2. Summary/ Objective
  3. Skills
  4. Professional Experience
  5. Education
  6. Certifications/ Achievements
  7. Hobbies/ Interests
  8. References

1. Personal Information

This section contains the following things:

  • Full Name according to your Identification Document
  • Full Address which contains City/Village, State, Country
  • Contact Number with Country Code
  • Photo is not recommended in your CV, but if you want to add then make sure it looks professional and is a recent picture of yours. The photo on your CV can sometimes be deceiving, let’s say you applied for a senior position but in your CV you look much younger, so you might lose a chance
  • The email which does not reveal any additional information like the Date Of Birth. Preferred format: [email protected] or [email protected]
  • Github Link (If you are a developer and want to add Github Link, ensure you have enough work to showcase in your Github Account. Also ensure the link works and redirects the reviewer to a new tab)
  • LinkedIn Link (Maintain your LinkedIn account, ensure it is synced with your CV, and remember that whatever you react to on LinkedIn posts shows up in the Activity sections, so beware of what you react in LinkedIn.)

2. Summary/ Objective

Show your interest in the industry, company, and position you are applying to. (To be able to write this you need to research the company’s mission, and the technology stack they are using. Also mention how you align with their mission and why you are a good fit for the company and position). Do not exceed 3-4 lines, keep it short and sweet.

[If you are having a separate cover letter then no need to have this section in your CV.]

3. Skills

Try to match the skillset posted in the Job Description. Don’t write any skills which are irrelevant to the position you are applying for. If the skill is extremely unique or adds significant value to the Role you are applying then only mention it. 

4. Professional Experience

Here write how you have added value during your term in a particular company, mention the initiatives, problems you have solved, statistics, results/ accomplishments, and maybe include how you did it. Example: For a software test engineer, don’t just write “Automated test”, instead write “Automated smoke tests using Cypress which helped to reduce the time by 50% and also researched best practices to write tests faster in an Agile environment by making use of App actions and custom commands instead of POM”. Focus less on technical stuff because you have already mentioned those in the skills section

5. Education

  • Latest preferred, like in my case Bachelors in Computer Science & Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University)
  • Highschool not necessary but in my case, I wrote it because I studied in Army School which has a significant value
  • Include GPA or Percentage if you got good one, if not leave it
  • Include Year of passing, if there is a huge gap better not to mention this as well

[If you are a college graduate move this section above the skills section as you might not have much contents for your CV. Also, some position specifically mention Eductional Background for the position, then in those cases better to move it above the skills section. Sometimes you belong to different background, like Chemical Engineer applying for QA Engineer, in this cases positioning the education section below is the right choice and also highlight the experience section so that Education doesn’t get much noticed.]

6. Certifications/ Achievements

Add certificates that make sense to the role that you are applying for, else reviewer might get confused about which position you are applying for or suitable for. Ex: If you are applying for QA Engineer then ISTQB, if Manager roles then PMP etc.

7. Hobbies/ Interests

Just be yourself

8. References

Simply write “Available upon request”

Best Practices

  1. Use google doc to create your CV so that you can simply log in to your google account and edit your CV anywhere and anytime
  2. Start preparing as early as possible, go through the LinkedIn account of the company’s employees to know what you need to learn to get into that company so that you can prepare beforehand and add the relevant skillset to your CV
  3. Ensure your CV is readable by ATS – Application Tracking Systems (Try to include all the necessary keywords in your CV, and at least 7 out of 10 skills mentioned in the Job Description. If you cannot put 7 out 10 skills then you need to prepare more and come back stronger).  Bonus Tip: Go to this website for a free CV review from an expert.
  4. 1 or Maximum 2 Page CV
  5. Please make use of Grammarly, update your CV regularly, maintain consistent design, check all the links are working or not, and use minimal colors (Preferred: Black & White), and finally review your CV multiple times along with your friends before sending it
  6. Try to get someone from the company which you are applying for so that they can refer you
  7. CV name should state your Full Name and the Role you are applying for so that it doesn’t get lost in between. Ex: “CV Rojal Bati – Applicant Software Engineer QA”
  8. Submit a PDF version of your CV (formatting stays consistent and can be opened in the browser as well) and cross-check links, margins, spacing, etc.
  9. Apply on Monday morning just before the Office Starts, your CV will stand at the top of the applicant list. Another important benefit of applying on Monday morning is the reviewers will be in a good mood since they just came back from the weekend which will ultimately increase your chances of getting called for an interview
  10. Never include Date of Birth and Salary expectations in your CV

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