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fresher needs advice
Hi I am a 2008 engineering pass out.......I have no prior work experience....I wanted to become a manual tester now.....so I started studying about manual testing and got all the basic knowledge of manual testing concepts hang also some basic SQL queries....
1. What I need do do next?
2. When I search for jobs they are asking for minimum 4-7 years of experience. Will a fresher can't get job?
3.what is the way to get job without experience?
Consideration of fresher for current year would be 2014 passed out and 2015 batch.... Moreover if you want a job without experience you need to choose a category which is in demand.
Right now there is lot of people available for manual testing so its quite tough...
I don't want to discourage you but I want you to know the fact and current challenges, Before choosing a path think multiple times and do analysis then start firmly.
All the best!!!!
If you're looking on job boards, you'll see they're mostly flooded by postings by recruiters. Recruiters will of course want more Sr. people because they fetch higher salaries (and thus higher commissions).
For more Jr jobs, it's best to find large companies that are more likely to higher Jr employees and go directly to their job postings.
I am in living in US.....so please give suggestions regarding US job market...
You could try doing some volunteer work. I have not gone this path but there are agencies that write all of their code from volunteers. They may need someone to test it.
Ask if they would give a recommendation after a month of work. Maybe 10 hours a week? It would be enough to put on the resume as a first job.
Additional pieces of advice.
1) Work with a technical recruiting firm. The good ones will help you with your resume and interviewing.
2) To gain manual testing experience form nothing..
a) volunteer to test for non-profits and open source projects (there are tons of them that need help).
b) Do some part time work at a few of the crowd sourced testing providers.
3) Just make connections. Find meetup groups, conferences to attend, etc... You'll probably find a lot of leads or QA managers that are looking for people who can join their team.
4) Find ways of demonstrating you are a good learner. For example, list events/projects you have done where you have overcome a difficult problem. I've had a hard time hiring manual testers when I was a test lead at a different company. For most entry level, all I would really require is some technical know how (usually around configuring the OS and browsers, and maybe some SQL), because usually most of the internal systems and processes are proprietary anyways. So I think demonstrating a capacity for learning quickly is crucial.
How did you study about basic manual testing i mean through online or books if yes then i would suggest do proper certification in it and look for job.
If you do certification the training institute now a days provide placement facility so getting job would be easier.