3 Most Effective Ways to Apply for Your Next Job – (with QA Testing Job Sample Cover Letter)

This article is useful for anyone who is in the process of finding a new job. No matter whether you are an entry-level or experienced candidate and applying for a QA testing job or any other IT job, these steps are applicable.

How to apply for jobs?

Whether you are a fresher who is looking for a job that will start your career with a flourish or if you are an experienced professional who deserves a much-needed change – all of us are constantly job searching. We have to agree, it is not pleasant, easy, fetching or rewarding for any of us. However, here are a few pointers that will ease the process and help you get there.

Most Effective Ways to Apply for Your Next Job

As is the general practice at STH, we will start at the very beginning and work our way through this process.

3 Important Steps To Apply For A Job

How to apply for a software testing QA job

Step 1: Find The Job-Sources

  • Friends or references
  • Online forums
  • Social networking sites, mainly LinkedIn
  • Job portals (see all Software Testing job portals here)
  • Newspaper Ads
  • Informal online classifieds – like craigslist, etc.
  • Company websites

Step 2: Search Or Find The Job Of Your Choice

The one thing that will guarantee failure is when you apply for a job whose description is not a fit for your experience or skill set. We will talk about each source and set some guidelines on how to avoid this situation.

#1) Friends:

  • When you hear of a job opening at your friend’s organization, ask for the JD (job description). Not always do our friends know exactly what our skills are and how much of expertise we have in them.

For Example, They might know you are an Automation tester, but they might not know exactly which tool and how long you have worked. Being well-wishers, they would love for you to seize the opportunity to be an automation tester when they see an opening within their company.  To avoid rejections, it would help if you knew of the details beforehand.

  • Let them know exactly what to write or tell about you when referring to you.  Give them one or two-line information regarding you that represents your experience and skill set in the best way possible.

For Example, “He/She has been a QA for 4 years and has worked on Banking and Insurance domains. He/She is CSTE certified and has good automation exposure to automation testing using Selenium.”

#2) Online Forums:

With online communities being rampant, they could come in handy for some freelancing or specialized skillset job openings. A word of caution, try not to post anything personal about yourself unless you check the legitimacy of the source.

#3) Social Networking Sites:

Sites like LinkedIn have taken the job market by a storm. The professional information, references and everything else being so accessible makes them perfect for finding job openings. Join the groups that are applicable and appeal to you. All you need to do next is to be on a lookout for job openings.

#4) Job Portals:

The majority of the job market is ruled by the portals. Monster, Naukri, Dice, Indeed are some examples of the most popular job sites. The following are the steps to search for a job:

  • Create a profile and let the portal suggest jobs for you – which you could apply from within the portal itself.
  • Use the search feature to look for postings. A tip here is trying to search based on multiple criteria. For Example,  if you are a 2 year experienced manual tester and you are searching for jobs try these job titles – QA engineer, QA tester, Quality Control Engineer, Software Tester, Manual Tester, Test Engineer- so on and so forth. You will be surprised at how many jobs turn up when you search based on a variety of titles.
  • This is the easiest of all- create a profile and set its status that conveys your willingness to look for jobs and wait for the employers to get in touch with you.

#5) Newspaper Ads:

With the internet revolutionizing our daily lives, newspapers are no longer playing a major role in job searches. However, they still have a career segment (monthly or weekly) but some job postings still appear.  The key to success with these jobs is to follow the steps given exactly in the job details.

#6) Informal Online Classifieds:

Wanted or Jobs columns are what we would want to look for. Again, please check if the sources are genuine.

#7) Company Sites:

We all have an organization interests us. Sometimes it the technology and other times it’s the philosophy of a certain company that draws you towards it. To work for that one company and contribute your intellectual potential is almost a dream come true. Then, why not take a step ourselves.

  • Most company websites have employment or ‘work for us’ sections. Browse this part of their site’s pages and look for any job postings that might fit your skillset.
  • If no jobs match your profile at present, submit your resume to their database. You will be notified when a fitting opening comes up.

Step 3: Applying for jobs

Whatever source you choose or however you came across a job – applying is the next phase – the most important one.

3 things are very important:

  • Online profile: This is applicable to job portals and social networks. It is a time-consuming activity initially to enter all information regarding your educational background, previous work experience, previous projects, etc, but the payback is huge.
  • Cover letter: A job application involves contacting your future employer. Sure, they want to know what your experience is, what your skills are, etc, for which a resume will suffice. But how do you introduce yourself and set the reference as to why you are contacting them? That is exactly what a cover letter does. Whether in an email, through a job portal, or when answering a newspaper ad, including a cover letter is mandatory. A cover letter is very simple. It needs to contain the following information:
    • Your introduction
    • The reason for the email/correspondence
    • The source where you found the job opening
    • Your resume or profile – where to find it.

QA Testing Job Sample Cover Letter:

A sample cover letter could be


This is “Name”. I am a B.Tech computer science Engineer and have been a QA since 2004. I am very good at manual testing concepts and an automation expert using QTP.

I am answering your job posting ad for the role of Senior Quality Analyst on “Source, dated(if relevant)”. My skill set seems to be a perfect match.

I attached my resume this email.

Please review the same and I would be happy to hear back from you regarding this opportunity.

Contact info.

Job Application Important Tips

#1) Do not apply for any jobs that don’t match at least 75-80% of your skillset.

#2) If social networking sites are your thing – keep them professional and updated.

#3) Be sure to pay attention to the ‘skills required’ in a job ad. Make sure all the mandatory skills are satisfied. Overlooking the ‘good to have’ or optional skills is at times ok, but not the ‘must-have’/mandatory ones.

#4) Eliminate all spelling and grammatical mistakes from your resume and cover letters.

#5) Sometimes, submitting a job application includes entering detailed information regarding each project, skill, qualification in your work experience. It is tedious, but please be patient.

#6) Make sure your resume has the correct information to contact you. Also, when providing references, double-check their contact information as well.

#7) When using job portals, be sure to set your status are “actively looking for a job” or something equivalent to that.

#8) Do not give away your personal details, especially passport numbers.

#9) Be courteous in your cover letter.

#10) Job portals allow us to create multiple profiles and multiple cover letters. Though great, I personally find this confusing. If you are like me, one profile with one cover letter (make changes as needed) works best. But if multiple options are your thing, then more power to you.

Recommended Reading => Do you know how to write a Two Week Notice Letter


On a personal note, we think so many negative things about why job offers are not coming to us. We blame the location where we live, the lack of contacts in the field, the holiday season (or the specific time of the year) and much more.

There are some things that are beyond our control – so instead of concentrating on them – try to improve ourselves each day and make yourself job-ready – despite all odds.

The work world is changing, work-life balance is improving and geographical locations no longer hold major significance – this might be the time for you to grab that opportunity that will just fit your lifestyle perfectly. Also, no one can stop a great potential intellectual mind from being put to use.

Also read =>> How to email a recruiter

So, start your pursuit now. Let nothing stand in your way.

STH would always be there to extend a hand when you need one. Good luck, dear readers! Go get that job you want!

Author: This useful article is written by the STH team member and the Software Testing expert Swati Seela.

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26 thoughts on “3 Most Effective Ways to Apply for Your Next Job – (with QA Testing Job Sample Cover Letter)”

  1. good steps.
    friends and social networks are the best sources for jobs these days. there are very few ads in newspapers now. gone are the days when the TOI ascent was more than 10 pages :(

  2. Can you send me a software testing sample resume?
    email id:truetester@gmail.com

  3. its really a useful tips for freshers and experienced candidates

  4. Hi,
    Much needed post and thanks for the same.
    is not required to mention skills in the cover letter?

    for Ex: SQl,ISTQB,QC and CQ etc

  5. cover letter is short and useful. thanx.

  6. Nice article and very useful information..Thanks Swati..

  7. I’m fresher in this field your information is very useful thanks

  8. Thank you so much really helpful for searching a new job.

  9. @Kapil: I agree. I reminisce about the TOI ascent too….good old days, weren’t they?! :)

  10. @True Tester: We have a sample template for the resume in the links we gave in this article. Hope that helps….

  11. @Balaji: Sure you can include information on your certifications in your cover letter. We tried to give a generic template. Please feel free to add or remove as you see fit

  12. @Balaji: Also, including all the skills may not be necessary. But if you would like to, please do.

  13. Really good article and very useful tips thanks

  14. its a wonderful tips for us thank you

  15. Hi Swati,
    A very good Atrical.. Quite helpful.

  16. hi STH

    Its really good and very he;lpful site for all job hunters not only testing even development side also.

    thank u very much

  17. Hello STH Team,

    Very good article !!
    Please any one send me Sample resume format and cover letter for experienced QA on desaimanisha10@gmail.com.


  18. Very Nice Article.Good to know many thing about getting job.
    Can u please send me a sample resume for Software testing with a cover letter on email id at vaishalitcs@gmail.com


  19. Hello Team,

    Very good article !!
    Please any one send me Sample resume format and cover letter for experienced QA on nitin.mangule1991@gmail.com

  20. Dear,

    Very good article !!
    Please any one send me Sample resume format and cover letter for 5 plus years experienced QA on chauhan.gagan8@gmail.com


  21. Very good article and inspiring when searching for a job!
    Thanks, Swati

  22. Please send me sample resume and cover letter for QA Automation engineer having 6+ Yrs experince having Functional Testing, API Manual and Automation testing using SAOPUI,Postman ,DataBase Testing, Automation Testing using Selenium Java and Cucumber.


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