I have a total of 7 years' experience as a software QA engineer. Out of which, I have 2-3 years' experience in automation testing(UFT, selenium, cypress) and the rest of the experience is manual testing.
I am looking for a new job as software QA, and I occasionally feel that people expect me to have a lot of coding experience than I actually have. They do this considering I have 7 years' total experience in this area.
So, job description says: 5 years plus experience as a Software QA engineer, which I am, but then this position would be a Senior Software Development Engineer in Test with expectations from the person to mentor junior engineers. I think I do not possess automation experience worth 7 years.
So I feel like I should apply to positions which say 2-3 plus years' experience as a Software QA engineer, but then these jobs think I am more experienced, I do have more years on the resume but not all of it is in automation...
It seems to me like I am neither fitting in a senior role, nor in a junior role.
How should I handle this? What kind of positions should I apply for?
Also, if there are two positions, a senior and a junior, say 5 plus and 2 plus years, then can I tell the recruiter or the hiring manager that I am interested in both the roles? I understand that the salary could be lower/different.