My last employer got bankrupt in April. I then lost my QA engineer job. To find a new one, you know these: searching for jobs, sending cover letters and resumes to recruiters and employers, then waiting for reply. The problem is that I couldn't get even interviews after 2-month hard trying about 30 applications. I feel a bit stunned for this result. In fact, I could see many openings posted but nobody pay attention to my application. I own computer science master degree and have 6-year experience on designing test plans, executing cases, running automation test, writing testing scripts, and lots of relative skills.
I guess it must have hundreds of applicants in seeking a same position at same time. The point is why no reply to the person as my background. Does employers rather hire an experienced bachelor/diploma candidate than hire a master-degree one in order to reduce costs? Or the other way round, too much master degrees competed with each other for the small market? Or PHD-degree fits current job market? Or…
Please wake me up what it's about? Or raise some hints here. Thank you.
When I have been in the position to recruits QA engineers I look for experience and skills that fit the position. Education, in general, is ignored as it is not usually relevant - I do however pay attention to certifications that are relevant. I am as likely to bring in an applicant who is a high school graduate as a applicant that has a Masters degree. The salary for the position will be the same - at my company you do not get more salary because you have a degree.
As an applicant I assume that I am going to be one of many and make sure that my cover letter and resume will show that I have the skills that are being looked for. This means customizing my resume for each position I apply for - customizing does not mean stating skills and experience that I do not have but ensuring there is the correct emphasis on the skills that I have that fit the position.
Look at the resume and ensure that it gives enough information - CONCISELY - people reading 100s of resumes do not want to read pages to find what they are looking for.
Make sure your cover letters address what you can do for the company in the position that you are applying for. A common mistake is emphasizing information that is not applicable.
One final thing - presentation. A well formatted resume with no grammatical or spelling errors is a rarity. In the testing world it should not be - part of our job is to pay attention to details - if we cannot do that when we are marketing ourselves how can we be expected to do that on the job?
There is an "off boarding" consultancy here that suggest you have a 10 second “elevator” sales pitch when networking and general introductions. I took that a step forward and used it as the first paragraphs in my cover letter(it makes cover letters faster to write as well). It is based on my “success story”… how I have added value to a company in the past. Some would say that is a bad idea. I have received a lot of hits from it and the responses were all focused around companies where I could succeed.
Then again… the only good paying jobs are consulting or contract for hire.
One piece of advice I can give. And please forgive my bluntness here.
If you are seeking a job at an english speaking company, if the number of grammatical errors in your post is an indication of the style you use in your resume and cover letters, most HR folks will put your application at the bottom of the list, even if they retain it at all. You won't even make it to the evaluation phase.
I would suggest a very close look at the grammer and word usage in your resume and letters.