How to Get Hired as a Scrum Master

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I’ve blogged about how to prepare for the Scrum Master interview (see parts 1, 2, and 3) to help you stand out as a candidate. This morning I had the opportunity to do a Q&A with folks attending a Professional Scrum Foundations course, and the question about how to get that first agile job came up.

It’s a common question.

Getting an agile certification alone doesn’t get you the Scrum Master interview—having a certification is table stakes in most organizations. Networking at agile meetups is great for continued learning and meeting new people. Networking doesn’t give you the experience or skills for the job. Companies want to hire people who can help them get better results, and your goal as a candidate is to show that you have the capabilities to do that. That starts with you practicing agile where you are and how you can so you have experience to share on your resume and in interviews.

Hear my thoughts on getting started using agile to get hired as a Scrum Master in this video:

Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.