Did anybody recently manage to get a QA/test job in Canada? I have been looking for 4 months with only one interview and no hope left for the nearest future as a result... Is lack of so called "Canadian experience" a big problem? I would appreciate if someone would share his/her experience/thoughts/advise.
I have been working for a Canadian elearning company for about 18 months. I am a QA "tester", but my original position was a developer. I moved into the QA department because they realized that they needed someone with development background. Up to that time, the QA department had people that only had a background in education etc. From my experience in the IT industry in Canada, QA is an afterthought with most companies. I don't see too many job postings for QA positions. My best advice, if you have a development background, is to apply for a developer positon, then work towards the QA for the company in which you are hired. They may need someone with your expertise.
The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Just got a QA position in Vancouver after a 6 month hiaitus. I had all pretty much given up due to having only 1 1/2 years experience, some very shady employment standards for high tech workers in BC and a really bad experience at my first company that I have since learned is the sweatshop of s/w dev't companies in the Lower Mainland. Most jobs I've seen are looking for more than 2 years (some as much as 5) but I have seen a number of ads for QA pop up in the past few months. I would imagine, however, the competition's pretty fierce. The best way to get a job is to know someone (that's how I got this contract position). Stats for finding jobs through want ads are very dismal. Suggest joining some sort of networking group or a job-hunting club to widen your personal network.
As far as non-Canadian experience, doubt that's really a concern. Could probably help out a little more if you let us know where in Canada you're looking for a job, whether you're living there right now and where your previous experience is.