Advice for Getting that First QA Testing Job

3 Ways the Official U.S. List Helps You 

The only way to appear on our Official U.S. List of Certified Software Testers™ is to register for your certification exam through ASTQB and our official ISTQB exam provider AT*SQA

No matter where you live in the world, being on our Official U.S. List of Certified Software Testers™ can help you and your employer in 3 ways:
  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
See our Official U.S. List

Advice for Getting that First QA Testing Job

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!

Make sure you're keeping up with other testers so your career stays strong. Register now at our exam provider AT*SQA to take your ISTQB exam at home

Contact us if you need assistance or have questions. We can make the process easy for you.
Register Now: Take Your ISTQB Exam at Home

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