I put this on LinkedIn, but after doing so I felt like this deserves to be a blog post.
If you disagree with my message, please say why in the comments below.
If you agree, also please say, so I know I’m not alone.
To any recruiters who see my profile, I want you to know I am extremely passionate about different aspects of testing.
But one aspect I am not interested in is learning automation. Yes it has it’s uses, but it doesnt appeal to me.
There is so much that can be done as a tester without being able to make an automated framework. If someone can’t do automation, look at what they can do instead.
Automation doesn’t review requirements.
Automation can’t pair with another tester or developer to work out what should be tested and how.
Automation doesn’t let you explore something no-one has used before. Those explorers blaze a trail to work out if it can be automated and what they would expect to get back.
Automation has no gut instinct.
If a company only wants people for automation, I will happily challenge them on why they shouldn’t do that.
But, if a company wants someone who will fight their corner of testing, want to encourage pairing and mob testing/programming, that testing happens at the beginning and all the way through to going live, then please get in touch.