Lecture 11 - How to Find Your First Job in Testing -> Why You Have A Real Chance To Find A Job In Testing -> Mental Tuning

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Before I got my first job in testing, I was given two types of advice from those who already had a job:

– It’s easy to find a first job in testing.

– It’s almost impossible; don’t even try.

I rejected the second piece of advice on the fly, because I don’t take advice from people who use word “impossible.”

I listened to the first type of advice, which also proved to be wrong. It’s not easy to find a first job in testing.

It’s not like thousands of software companies are just waiting for your signal: “Okay, I’m available. Send me your job offers. Don’t offer me less than $120,000 a year.”

But the reality is that there are thousands of companies where you can be valuable as an entry-level tester, and there is a REAL chance for you to find a job in one of those companies.

THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A NEED FOR AN INEXPENSIVE YET SMART AND MOTIVATED WORKFORCE IN SOFTWARE TESTING.

The challenge for employers is that it’s hard to find this type of employee. My target for this chapter is to show you how to make yourself visible and convince an employer that you are valuable.

Just keep the following in mind:

– Finding your first job is not an easy process.

– It can take weeks or sometimes months before you get your first interview.

– Most likely you’ll have lots of disappointments, rejections, and hurt feelings.

BUT if you’ll be smart, persistent, and patient, you WILL find a job.

Why is it hard to find a first job? The answer is simple – companies need candidates who can be productive ASAP. It’s also obvious that those working as testers now once didn’t work as testers; at some point, they did something to get those positions. So there is light at the end of the tunnel, and I’m here to tell you that getting a job in software testing with zero experience is absolutely a realistic thing.

Now, let’s get this straight: realistic doesn’t mean “easy” or “simple.” It means that if you really want it and are ready to work hard and smart, you’ll find that job. Next ->

Lecture 11 - How to Find Your First Job in Testing -> Why You Have A Real Chance To Find A Job In Testing -> Mental Tuning

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