How to Become a Software Tester

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How to Become a Software Tester
Become a Software Tester

Software testers work with new software and report any problems with the product. Software testers do not need a college degree or any special training. Follow these steps to find a position.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Resume
  • Basic knowledge of software applications

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Prepare a resume. Write a resume and cover letter directed toward software testing and software companies.

  2. 2

    Search online for software testing jobs. Check with different software companies' human resources departments. Ask if they are accepting applications. Some companies post this information on their website. If job information isn't available online, call or email the human resources department and ask about career opportunities.

  3. 3

    Review the job requirements before you apply. Some companies expect software testers to take a qualification test before they are hired.

  4. 4

    Familiarize yourself with basic software applications. Read computer software manuals or magazines and practice working with various programs on your home computer. Explore different aspects of the software to increase your knowledge and to get comfortable with searching for glitches within the software.

  5. 5

    Apply for the job. Some companies allow you to apply online through their websites. Others are more old-fashioned and ask for resumes by email or snail mail. Include all required documentation when sending your application.

Tips and warnings

  • Pay for entry-level software testers begins around $20 per hour. Pay for those with more experience ranges from $30 to $40 per hour.

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