Remote jobs are attractive:
– you don’t have to spend time, money and nerves for commute to the office
– you have a better work/life balance
– you can live in a cheap country, but get salary from the expensive country.
– you don’t have to meet many people you don’t want to meet.
What not to love?
But how easy is it to get remote QA job? Well, here are the main options:
1. Go with uTest
uTest has become a social network for testers and at the same time a platform that connects testers and employers.
Here is what to do:
a. Register at uTest
b. Start participating in projects.
c. Work hard, smart, build your professional reputation.
If you do it right, you’ll get so many gigs that it’ll feel like a full time job.
Some uTesters get paid more than 100K dollars a year. Not so bad.
2. Go offline before going online
Some employers don’t like working with remote consultants/employees. At the same time, if person who works in the office has a great reputation and excellent performance, he can negotiate working remotely full time or certain days of week.
3. Have some exceptional/valuable skills/experience
If person possesses exceptional/valuable skills/experience, employers try to get him onboard offline or online, – doesn’t matter.
4. And there are, of course, standard, time-tested options, like finding remote work on career sites like Indeed or using your personal or professional connections.
IMHO, uTest is the most accessible and meritocracy based option than any other – especially if you are a novice tester.
But in any case, remember the principle: If you want to get entry-level QA job, you should explore ALL the options. Online/offline/high salary/low salary/long commute/short commute – the main purpose is to get on board ASAP and start getting actual QA experience.