About Me

Hi, I am Maksim, software tester. Thank you for visiting my page!

If you are looking for an entry level  tester,  please keep reading. You will find a link to my resume, information about my background, experience, skills, qualification and availability. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


About me Maksim Zinovev

Why Testing?

I started to learn software testing in 2018.  Having  a degree  and several years of experience  in Electrical Engineering I decided to switch to software tester. Why?Well, at some point I’ve reached  a mid career level and now I think it’s time for me to try something different. I can provide several reasons why I decided to switch to software testing.
  1. There is a myth that “Anyone can test”. I  do not agree with this point. Nowadays,  testing requires a range of skills which make you a good tester.  I believe that  I posses good analytical and communication skills. I also enjoy learning  new things. I hope those skills and my hard””working nature will help me to grow professionally in a new field.
  2. In every field individuals with extensive experience and skills that  help their clients solve problems are able to make a good living.  I am definitely planning to become one of them, because there is nothing like a satisfaction feeling that comes from meaningful work.
  3. Modern environment in software development industry offers  projects which are both challenging and interesting. There is a huge number of testing activities ranging from manual testing to automation, from test planning and implementation to execution and monitoring. There is also ever-growing list of tools and community of testers.  Looks like you never get boring working as a tester. Do you agree?
  4. My previous experience and projects made me realise that I love to learn, gain new skills and  grow as a professional. Who knows, maybe some day I will become a test lead or start my own software project?  I often visit such places as producthunt.com. I love learning about and discovering new startups, software projects and tools. 



Starting from November 2021, I work full-time as a Test Analyst at WithYouWithMe I am based in Sydney, NSW, Australia.



I know that there are dozens of areas that I have not learned yet as a tester, but I believe  I already have knowledge and skills to make your software better. Here is the list of testing activities that I am familiar with and had an opportunity to perform in training
  • functional testing
  • “manual” testing
  • test automation (Python, Selenium)
  • usability testing
  • mobile testing
  • API / Web Services Testing
  • exploratory Testing
  • bug reporting


Testing Tools

  • Selenium Web Driver
  • Pytest,
  • Google developer tools
  • ​SOAP UI
  • Charles Proxy
  • Jira



  • Python
  • familiarity with HTML, CSS, JSON, YAML, XPATH.



  • Bachelor in Electrical Engineering (Russia)
  • Certificate IV in New Small Business 


Training, courses

  • 07/2022 – ​ Introduction To Cypress, Test Automation University
  • 07/2022 – ​Technical Web Testing, Udemy, Alan Richardson
  • 07/2022 – ​Playwright with JavaScript, Test Automation University
  • 05/2020 – ​API Testing Foundations, Linkedin Learing
  • 04/2020 – ​Unix for Mac OS X Users, Linkedin Learing
  • 04/2020 – ​Certificate IV New Small Business
  • 11/2019 – ​GitHub for Web Designers, Linkedin
  • 08/2019 – ​HTML & CSS, Codecademy
  • 07/2019 -​ REST API Testing with SOAP UI, udemy.com​
  • 07/2019 – SQL basics, w3schools
  • 06/2019 -​ uTest Academy, utest.com
  • 04/2019 – ​ISTQB Certificate


Computer Proficiency / Other Tools


  • Git, GitHub,
  • Unix / Linux command line
  • Screen capture and video capturing software
  • Familiarity with Jenkins, AWS 


  • Mac / Windows
  • Microsoft package
  • WordPress
  • Trello
  • Google Docs
  • Salesforce
  • Zapier


Other Areas of Expertise / Hobby

  • Audio editing. I worked as a freelancer for Podcast Rocket Agency. I edited audio for multiple clients and podcasts.
  • Podcasting & Podcasts. I am a big fan of podcasts. I’ve been listening to podcasts since 2011 which really helped me to get where I am now. Since 2017 I was involved in the production of three different podcasts. You can check one of them – World Speaks English Podcast – a collaboration project of me and IELTS trainer Darian Sandmartin.
  • E-commerce. I have been selling on Amazon since 2016 and launched 3 products. If you have kids or you are a dinosaur fan yourself, drop me a line. I would love to send you a demo sample of our new product. Always happy to get feedback from our audience.
  • Website Building. You can check one of my websites thetesttaker.com which I started to help IELTS (International English Language Testing System) candidates to prepare for a speaking exam.  The main goal was to keep me committed to learning and improving my skills. 
  • Music. This is my long-time passion. Underground house, electronic, jazz, broken-beat, music from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Here is the link to my Soundcloud Page



  • English
  • Russian (native)


Last edited: Feb 2021.