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I have few questions regarding the switching from testing to development.

1) Do you think the QA exp wont be counted?

2) Does switching from mnc to startup company for skills development will affect a resume?

3) Does a small profile project looks bad on resume,after 2 years of experience.

4) What does a manager looks in a candidate's profile? previous Company? previous project? or skills he/she has developed?

5) Does a software development in a non-it company counted?

Please reply your views.

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Hi Career Advice: ironically, career advice isn't on-topic here: your question is both off-topic here (general hiring practices like what employers look at) and unanswerable (whether or not an individual employer would consider your experience in testing). If you have a specific question about software development, feel free to ask about that instead. –  user8 Oct 3 '11 at 9:29
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Testing experience can be an asset for some companies. However, you need to show that you can code and know development as well. If you did some programming for automated tests, then that should count. You should stress what experience you have in programming within a testing environment.

The rest is rather vague and dependent on individual managers within companies.

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1) Do you think the QA exp wont be counted?

Not much. It's a completely different activity done with a different mindset and different tools. I don't see how QA experience would help a developer,

2) Does switching from mnc to startup company for skills development will affect a resume?

I don't think it so, but I think it's easier to switch from QA to development within the same company than switching company and departments at the same time. If you stay at the same company, you already know the purpose of the code being developed/tested and you (hopefully) have some knowledge about the domain. So I'd either stay at your current company and switch departments, or apply for a new QA job and try to switch later. (That's why interviewers sometimes ask "where do you see yourself in 5 years?")

3) Does a small profile project looks bad on resume,after 2 years of experience.

I don't know how to answer that. Your projects be compared to the projects of other candidates.

4) What does a manager looks in a candidate's profile? previous Company? previous project? or skills he/she has developed?

Yes, yes and yes.

5) Does a software development in a non-it company counted?

Of course. Most software development is probably done at non-IT companies.

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