I’m the Senior Scrum Master at a small 100-person startup in Silicon Valley. The work and my teams rock, and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I’m also responsible for helping us hire new Scrum Masters. After reviewing hundreds of resumes, talking to a multitude of candidates on the phone, and conducting a number of on-site interviews, I wanted to give you my top ten tips for getting hired as a Scrum Master.
One caveat though. These tips and insights are my own and not that of my company. I provide them in the spirit of sharing and to help you in your job search.
- Know a good job posting. Not all Scrum Master positions are created equally. Many companies might say they’re looking for a Scrum Master, but if you read the job posting closely, they’re really looking for something else, often a project manager. For example, is the posting asking you to author requirements? Do they want you to create detailed project plans? I cannot provide an exhaustive list here, but I would encourage you to read job postings thoroughly and pass over those that aren’t for you.
- Reach out. Do you see a job posting that piques your interest? Can you find one of their Scrum Masters on LinkedIn? If so, ask them about the company and the position. If you can foster a connection, they may put in a word for you with the hiring manager. I look more closely at candidates who take charge of their job search.
- Scrum certifications are only a start. Scrum courses make you informed, but they don’t make you useful. When I look at resumes, I’m not looking at certifications. I look for experience, and I pass on those with no experience, regardless of certifications. Gain that experience by applying Scrum where you work by standing up its first scrum team, for example. You’ll quickly see something I often tell teams: