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How to apply for Software Testing Jobs?

job searchFew of my students and readers of this blog asked me to write on how to apply for software testing jobs?

These questions reminded me of the days long back when i looked for answers to get a job. And none of my answers (self found) helped me then to get a job in IT industry apart from relentless job search.

Points i discuss in this post today are learned from over 10+ years of experience. I honestly hope these pointers would help you in knowing (understanding) ways to apply for a job.

It’s a sad to know that nowadays Software Testing training institutes attract students by offering job guarantee programs. But post training, most of the students are still without job and their job search gets much more difficult thanks to the kind of training given. Institutes offer training from interview perspective only. The fun element is never present in such training. A student only learns what is essential to get a job. As a result, real essence of testing is missing. And you start feeling, Automation is replacing Manual jobs. So you end up doing another course to learn automation.

While i was searching for a job after my graduation, I miserably failed in almost every interview. My limited knowledge of testing kept me away from building confidence. I did not learn software testing from any institute but later attended BBST course.

Somehow I joined Satyam as a QA analyst but soon moved away from being QA to become a Programmer Manager as I knew my limited Testing  knowledge. Later I realized, if I had learned the soul of Testing, I wouldn’t have moved away from my QA role.

Anyways, I would like to share few guidelines that may work for you during your job hunt.

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6 Avoidable Topics of Software Testing Course

6 topics avoidable software testingI am sure you are reading this article because either you have recently attended or attending or will attend software testing course. You wanted to know whether you are utilizing your time correctly. Is trainer teaching you all that is required to be a tester?

Designing any course or education curriculum takes a huge amount of time.

To design a course one should keep in mind the time duration and the audience.

One of my cousin, joined software testing course in Pune. First she asked me to give her training but due to personal constraints I couldn’t.

After finishing her course I asked her if she can join me on the testing project. She asked me what I suppose to do. I simply said ‘You have to find bugs.’ She paused for a moment and said – ‘I don’t know how to find bugs.’

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Does knowing Theory help Tester in Interview?

I had a discussion with my friends about the importance of practical knowledge of a tester. Generally Testers are hired based on knowledge of theory. Even I got selected in one of the MNC based on answers I gave in interview. Point is knowing theory is enough to get hired in a company?

In my previous company I interviewed few testers and realized that testers restrict themselves to theory only. I wonder why a tester do not want to come out of her comfort zone and start doing some practical work to gain some hands on experience in software testing. Unfortunately, most of tester’s willingness to acquire practical knowledge comes only when they get a real time project in any reputed MNC.

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What is Test Technique, Method, Type or Style?

Do you often get confused with Test Technique or Test Method? Recently I had a discussion with one of my colleague on ‘Boundary analysis is a technique and Function testing is a type’. I knew that there is no point of forcing my view point onto her because she was very strong in her opinion.

I told myself that what would make a difference if I would call a Function testing technique as function testing type.

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What is Testing definition?

I have observed that most of the testers look for ‘testing’ related definitions, they look for fixed answers. I think everyone can’t remember definitions. Especially people like me find it difficult to remember it.

I see lot of questions asked by testers to know the testing definitions in groups like LinkedIn “Quality Assurance” group, Interview questions forums and Google groups.

Hold on for a moment.

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