Not getting interview calls - experience in manual & automation testing

By pranathisayini pranathisayini Points: 40 | Level: Starter | Status: [Member]
Posted on: 4/20/2012 5:02:37 AM | Views: 4899 | Points: 30
Dear sir,

I am ********. I have 3 year and 10 months of genuine experience in Software Testing and in that I was into Automation Testing using Rational Functional Tester for 1 year 6 months. As I had to relocate to Bangalore I left my job in May 2011 and started my job trails recently in February. My problem is, I am getting calls and emails from many consultancies regarding job openings and saying they would forward my resume and call me shortly after the resume gets shortlisted. But till now I did not get a second call from them. This is happening from 2 months. I am not even getting a chance to attend the interview to prove myself. Can u please help me understand what could be wrong.

My Resume:
? 3 year 10 months of experience in Manual and Automation Testing.
? Having good experience in testing Web based applications
? Experienced in developing, reviewing and executing test cases based on business requirements and technical specifications and Bug Tracking using Bugzilla
? Experience in various types of testing like Functional, System, Smoke, Sanity, Re-testing, Regression, GUI, Compatibility, Data Migration, Ad-hoc testing.
? Involved in developing, executing and maintaining automated test scripts using Rational Functional Tester (RFT).
? Experience in Descriptive Programming using Java in Rational Functional Tester.
? Involved in Performance and Load testing of applications using QEngine.
? Actively participated in the various team/ review meetings.
? Well acquainted with the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and Software Testing Life Cycle (STLC) of Applications.
? Good experience on Finance Domain products.
? Well versed with all the testing concepts and methodologies.

Worked as a Software Test Engineer at ********* Technologies, Hyderabad from July 2007 to May 2011.

Operating Systems : MS-DOS, Windows
Packages : Ms-Office, Tally, QuickBooks.
Languages : C with DS, C++, Java, JavaScript
Database : MySQL.
Testing Tools : RFT, QEngine, Bugzilla

B.Tech in Computer Science from Patnam Rajender Reddy Memorial Engineering College (JNTU affiliated).


Can you please advice me as to how to proceed.


Sainath's Advice on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 :

Frankly speaking, there is nothing really wrong in your profile and you should get a break soon. Some obvious things I can comment on:

1. The current job market is a little flat right now -  please do not expect to get  immediate calls as you would get during a boom. Typically, during such periods you should ideally apply for as many jobs as possible for 90 days (3 months) continuously and then try and evaluate if anything is going wrong. Please do not come to any conclusions before 90 days as this is the typical time period for CVs to get processed, shortlisted, etc.

2. Please call up the consultants from whom the actual interview call did not come and try to understand from them what is the cause. This will give you crucial feedback.

3. Please keep a count of actually how many jobs you have applied for or calls which you have received. Sometimes when we get a series of rejections we suddenly feel that the whole job search process is mentally tiring and somehow we feel that we are trying hard but making no progress. Our mind convinces us into believing that we can go so far and no further. Hence it is necessary to keep a real count of how many jobs did we apply for or how many consultants actually called us. This will give you a clear picture of what is the amount of proactive action that you have actually done and your emotional state of mind will not influence your thinking. Keep track of the facts and you will know realtime whether you are applying for enough number of jobs. Increase your probability of success by making sure that you are consistently applying for new openings - ensure that you create your profile on company portals who use Taleo as a resume management software. All this involves work but just imagine - 1 good opening and you will be firmly settled professionally for the next 3-4 years. Do not go into evaluation mode too soon - perform enough action and only when you are sure that something is seriously wrong shoud you commence analyzing.

Sainath S,

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