Context-Driven Resume: Patterns and Anti-Patterns

Posted by Albert Gareev on Apr 27, 2016
Foreword Have you ever been wondering why your job application got no response? Among dozens of possible reasons did you guess that your resume was the cause of the rejection? Maybe, you didn’t. Maybe, you believed you did everything right, and your resume was a good match for the job description. And you were completely […] ...

Context-Driven Resume: Product and Users

Posted by Albert Gareev on Mar 16, 2016
Resume Is A Product You design it. You build it. You test it. You debug it. More importantly, you intend it to be used by others. Let’s think of a resume as a product. And let’s ask ourselves a few questions to learn further about the context. Who are my clients? Who are my users? […] ...

Context-Driven Resume: Heuristics

Posted by Albert Gareev on Feb 16, 2016
Preface Since the beginning of Toronto Testing Meetup, I’ve often been asked for help in job search. I organized and streamlined it into a re-occurring project: Job Finding Club. I’ve done it both as a brief advisory and as dedicated events. Per my observations, the most common, as well as the most misunderstood and the […] ...


Posted by Albert Gareev on May 24, 2013
Some good open interview questions for QA/Testers. What value did you bring to the project / organization as a tester? What is your vision for the role of testing? Do you know / follow any school of testing? What is the recent book / article about testing you read, and can you give a review […] ...

Testing and Hiring

Posted by Albert Gareev on Apr 25, 2011
A few more of my posts came out in “Hiring Testers” series in the Community Blog at Software Testing Club. In “How Come You Are Not Certified?” (the title was a joke, by the way, I do not agree that memorizing definitions out of context can make anybody a better professional – only hands-on experience matters!) […] ...

If you are hiring testers..

Posted by Albert Gareev on Apr 07, 2011
..Or if you are thinking of that, and especially if you are wondering why it’s so hard to find good ones – you definitely need to become a reader of “Hiring Testers” series in the Community Blog at Software Testing Club. People are always looking for a job. Each job advertisement receives dozens, maybe hundreds of […] ...

They want to hire good testers

Posted by Albert Gareev on May 12, 2010
Developers want to hire testers. Testers want to hire testers.  What common and what opposite would we find comparing their requirements?   Tester Side Requirements  Represented by Eric Jacobson’s blog  post “Who Is A Good Tester?”  (original grammar and syntax retained)     Developer Side Requirements  Represented by StackOverflow  discussion “Tips for hiring good testers?” (original grammar […] ...

QA Automation Skill Matrices (mature professionals)

Posted by Albert Gareev on May 29, 2009
Original date: 7 Feb 2009, 5:00pm This post continues the previous one. 3. Senior Automation Developer Capable to maintain and enhance Framework-based Automation Architecture. Capable to develop data-driven framework. Should have a solid understanding of Test Automation Requirements: Usability, Maintainability, Scalability, Robustness, and be able to identify current level of needs. Should be aware of Technical Setup, Requirements, Test ...

QA Automation Skill Matrices (reviewing your career or ...

Posted by Albert Gareev on May 28, 2009
Original date: 5 Feb 2009, 11:30am In my past job experience I used to be asked by hiring managers about helping them to identify a right skillset for the QA Automation specialty. The following is my notes on that. 1. Junior/Intermediate Level. Automation and/or QA training will be required – so there should be a mature […] ...
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