It can help you get jobs with American companies. American companies and governmental organizations check with ASTQB & AT*SQA to see if you are certified. Why? Because ASTQB is the official U.S. board for ISTQB certification and AT*SQA is our official ISTQB exam provider. If you're on this list, companies know you took the official U.S. Board's American English ISTQB exam.
It could help your company get contracts with American companies. Your inclusion on the Official U.S. List of Certified Software Testers™ is a bonus for your company because it demonstrates your commitment to working with a U.S.-based software quality team. That's a big deal.
It makes you and your company more prominent. AT*SQA and ASTQB promote the importance of hiring individuals on our Official U.S. List of Certified Software Testers™, and our ads have been seen more than 45 million times. That makes you more well-known to U.S. employers and clients every day!
It goes without saying, but of course, ASTQB & AT*SQA also add you to the ISTQB Successful Candidate Register!
A person recently contacted us saying they were getting their ISTQB Foundation Level Certification, but had no testing experience. We've seen U.S. employers' ads saying that ISTQB certification can substitute for experience, but we knew you would have some great additional suggestions.
Let's start with this great set of advice from Richard Redman, CTFL, CTFL-AT:
Start your QA journey right now. Finding bugs demonstrates your ability to observe software critically.
Bring some QA people into your professional network. Talk to them about running a regression test.
Explore your software/website on your own. Do exploratory/destructive testing and ask your QAs and Devs about what you find.
If you don't work in IT, you can submit questions about defects on message boards or via customer contact forms. Start a conversation. Demonstrate your curiosity, critical thinking, and strong communication skills by testing and reporting.
Richard's last advice says it well: "Don't wait to get hired into a position. Test!" Great suggestions, Richard!
In addition to the ideas above, we would also suggest that you view ASTQB's free webinars. They will help you learn basic testing concepts that you can discuss both on forums and in interviews.
Take Your ISTQB Exam at Home
Did you know you can take your ISTQB exam from ASTQB & AT*SQA anywhere in the world? You've always been able to do so through a testing center, but now you can also do so from home!