Sunday, February 14, 2016

I got the job in 6 weeks

This message is for Portnov Computer School students!
I am very thankful to Mikhail and his team in helping me to find my dream job!!!

1.) How I was studying. I took this course very serious and made some changes in my life style. I did canceled half of meetings with my friends. First of all I devoted my whole day to study, watched video lectures and re-watch them. I did watched all the videos from Video library page and nearly all from the Data page. When I was learning what is a BUG, I printed out nearly all of postings under BUG reports in Forum. So I practiced hours to understand what is this new profession about. 24 hours I was thinking about my Software class. The more I was involved the more I liked the profession. I did all of the Quizes (except one) and lots of notes in my notepad from Mikhails videos.

2.)  After the class finished I went out to job market in 1.5 month. I started On December and the first day when I posted my resume on Dice I got around 25 calls from recruiters. I was confident from the day 1. I do not feel I wasn’t since I know the exact questions that they ask you. Typical questions are: 1.) Location 2) Your visa status 3) How long are you at the market 4) Tell me about your professional experience 5) ok, now they will tell you a little about the company and the project and ask you to fill out the standard form. Usually they ask for last 4 digits of your SSN. If they ask me to provide reference or Green card copy, I tell them - schedule for me an interview and I will provide.
The second call from the company is to schedule my technical interview with one of QA manager or account manager. Usually it is by phone or by Skype. I had around 2 phone technical interviews (1 hour -There were around 10-12 technical questions) and 3 Skype interviews and 5 QA manager technical interviews (20 minutes ). in 98% they never called back which was  making me feel so sad and desperate and I wanted to stop answering the calls. For technical interviews I did answered all the questions correctly and no call back. So be ready, guys, not to give up in this place. Continue your search.
SQL (JOINS - is a must, what is inner join, outer join, and all the types we learned with Marina), Mikhail’s QUIZ questions they ask in nearly all technical interviews!!! What did you do when the developer fixes the bug? What is Test Case (write down 4 test cases - they give requirements), what is Test suite?  I had a similar question as Test BUY button.

I did wake up at 6 AM to refresh my Dice resume and apply to new Dice jobs. They call. If I do not apply they do not call. Then I figured out there is no new jobs I didn’t apply on Dice. Then I went to EXTRA class discussion and one graduate with job advised me to update my resume daily in CareerBuilder, Indeed, Monster. Beside I was applying for job at least 4 hours a day. Some of the days I had only 3 calls but usually more than 10 calls and lots of email. It was seeming to me like I have full time job answering my phone and scheduling interview. Actually I was my own secretary. Only depend on me what I am and what I want to become. I was very confident professional. Some of recruiters are not confident themselves so I took initiative asking them some questions.

On December I was just upset honestly. My belief was not there. 2 weeks of holidays - all the managers are on vacation. We contact you after 4th January!  But I knew I will find job on January, February or March. It was anymore aim achieving. Sport competition. Can I ? Others find, Can I?Why do  they not take me if i answer all the questions correctly ( I made lots of notes from Mikhail’s videos and Marina’s SQL presentation)? Everybody has his/her own situation - family, home, rental, kids, car. I had lots of difficulties too! But there was no give up anymore! I contacted Mikhail several times and he suggested me to continue the search. I did all of my best. I subscribed on Glassdoor and Dice of new job postings and was getting emails daily as soon as a new vacancy comes out to the market. I applied directly to the companies a lot!

I had my own story of my career and my career change. So be consistent. Tell me about yourself video I know by heart. I copied intonation, smile, everything to practice in some interviews. I was very self confident by phone and Recruiters behaves me respectively. I am still enjoying to communicate with them.

I got the job in 6 weeks (2 weeks of Christmas and New Year holidays included).

Friday, February 27, 2015

I am today in a reputed software company

Portnov school is the ultimate destination for people who are really serious about their career. A place where they can make their dreams come true! Really I mean every word which I just wrote.

I went to Portnov school with my dreams 4 months ago and here I am today in a reputed software company working as Quality Engineer. Even though I am from non-IT background, all the teachers at Portnov do a really good job in teaching all the concepts very well. Mikhail, Yana, Marina everyone do a really good job. Seriously I haven't seen such honest people in years. I know a lot of desi companies out there who might not stand on their word but this place totally stands by their word.

Mikhail with his immense knowledge of the industry helps in all the possible ways he can, very honest man. Sofia is the best recruiter that you can ever find. She helps a lot in arranging interviews. What else do you need when you have such supporting people around you. Just put in your best efforts and hard work and your dream will come true in no time!

One of the major questions was how and where to find a desent job

I immigrated to US in 2001 and 'd met all these problems and questions familiar to all immigrants.
One of the major questions was how and where to find a desent job. I was thinking about it almost a year looking at different options like to go to college, private schools, to take some program(s) etc. And if you have some degree in your profession from your homeland  it 's not the case that you can work with this here in US. One day I'd read an advertisement in newspaper of Portnov Computer School. It became a turning point in my life. I finished the School in 2003. 

 In spite of the crisis in 'dot com' industry in 2000-s, in spite of my temporary 'swings-attempts' to earn money in financial markets ( which finally turned out to be unsuccesfull) I got a very good profession and skills.

Several years i work already in software industry as a Software QA engineer and i like it. Looking back at my past i'm sure (more and more with time) it was a right choice. 
Thank you Mikhail and thank you School!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Online class: I have gotten a 5 month contract job at Yahoo

Hello Mikhail,

I just wanted to let you know that I have gotten a 5 month contract job at Yahoo.

It was the recruiter that spotted an iOS keyword and submitted me for the position. I mentioned to him that I started to learn iOS programming but my knowledge of it was next to 0. The position is actually a iOS developer/Quality Engineer.  It will eventually require me to write code to test their mobile app. Luckily, the first 3 months they want me to do mostly black box testing.

I would have never applied for the gig but as you pointed out, the job description and what they actually needed  were very different.

Their job description was what they were hoping for, the recruiter found out what they would actually accept and it turned out they would take someone with good QA background, passion for sports and willingness to learn iOS development.  After 3 phone interviews they brought me in for couple of one-on-one sessions and offered me a job.

The whole process was a big surprise to me. I thought I completely bombed the first interview with the QA manager. Didn't know answers to  many questions about white box testing and API testing. I was ready to hang up on this guy in the middle of the conversation I was so embarrassed.  But they kept inviting me the follow up phone interviews.

After talking to them in person I really wanted to work there. The chemistry was there plus a chance to study the iOS programming which will make me more marketable in the future. I am very excited. The office is downtown SF, flexible schedule and the possibility of contract extension.

I will have to learn a lot. They let go most of their black box testers as they transition more towards automation. I will have to step up on the QA front as well as on the development side.  Scary but challenging at the same time.

Your class gave me the confidence and a lot of knowledge. Thank you. I am going to continue learning using your resources and log into webinars whenever I can. I will keep you posted about my progress. Hopefully, you will let me  ask you questions from time to time.

Thanks again



Portnov was and is excellent. A powerful place to transition to the QA World.

Michael swatted away any negative thoughts us career transitioners had - and especially older students like me - know that if we followed a plan then we could certainly get into the QA work world.

Sofia lined up the really great Oodle 3 month internship and I received at Oodle a solid understanding of Jira bug tracking database usage, build and environment dynamics, feature and component analysis and work flow at a software company. 

The Selenium instructor, Ellie Y., is highly organized, responsible and accessible; the UNIX instructor, Lena, is forcefull and assertive for our good, the project manager I most worked with, Marina G., is extremely positive and encouraging, my favorite tools instructor, David S., is more skilled and concise and out-right sharp than any of the Computer Science professors I encountered at Cal State East Bay.  All of the instructors at Portnov bring different strengths to the classrooms.  

I know I am not out of the woods yet and plan to do well at the contract position at CWStar that Sofia lined up but everything I needed for success Portnov has provided:  the rest is up to me.   

Please feel free to give my cell # to any potential Portnov student who is seeking feedback. 


Good news...

That one came in the mail:

Hi Sofia,
> Thank you so much for your business, for what you have done and for your participation in my case.
> Events moved very rapidly in previous week. On Monday I had a talk with you, on Tuesday I had a conversation with Greg, on Wednesday I passed the interview and on Wednesday, finally, got the job offer!!!
> I can't describe in words how much I am grateful to you. Just let me know to what time you will be in office today. I'm going in Selenium class today and I want to seeyou.
> Thank you again.
> Regards,
> Dm

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Portnov computer school is a great traingin program providers in Bay area

Portnov computer school is a great traingin program providers in Bay area. They provide a full blown training on QA that helped me in building my career even after 7 years of non-working duration.Great teachers, accurate course materials and contents, Help in getting internships.

Worth try for...

Rash M.