Game Tester is one of the most sought after positions in the video game industry. Game Testing is the most common way for someone to enter the industry. Because no college degree is needed to get a game tester position, many use game testing as a cheap way to enter the industry.
The reason people get more education in game testing is that it is becoming competitive to get a game testing position. The better your resume, cover letter, references and portfolio, the better your chances of getting your resume reviewed, getting an interview, landing the position and keeping the position after you get it.
Education is also the easiest way for a recruiter to sort through a large pile of resumes and get it down to something managable. Being able to talk like a game tester and referencing game testing knowledge, abilities and skills is the easiest way to move through the interviews to a game testing position.
There will be a couple hundred people applying for each game testing position. You have to get your resume to the top of the pile in order to get a phone interview and past the face to face interview so you can bee hired for the position. If you want to rise from this entry level position, show your skills in game testing and that you know what you need to know to be a Game tester.
Attributes of good game testers like good communication skills, good team skills, knowledge about technology and how games are put together, and understanding a foreign language are all things to mention. Place references to these attributes on your resume and be prepared to use them in a game testing position.
To enhance your chances of landing a permanent game testing position, familiarize yourself with game testing, terminology, language, etc and create a good cover letter and resume, referencing your projects, knowledge, skills and training. Do some game testing, applying your experience. Be able to chat about how and why you did what you did with the knowledge and terminology you have learned about Game Testing. Know the basics of game testing so that after you start a position, you can keep it.
Have someone in the Game Industry review your resume and cover letter. Get someone who was a game tester or even better, someone who has hired game testers to give you feedback.
Usually there is a requirement of being 18 years old to be a game tester. That is because companies want you to be able to legally sign an NDA. You will work in an office and not in your home.
Game Testing jobs are plentiful in some areas and hard to find in others. Just like there are not many cattle ranchers in New York City, there are not many game testing positions in sparcely populated areas.
The purpose of this course is an attempt to circumvent the common industry paradox: "I need experience to break into the video game industry, but they won't hire me so that I can gain that experience."
Upon completion of this course, you will have the necessary knowledge and practical testing experiences that should prove useful when applying for a game testing position. Further, when you finally succeed in obtaining that position, your prospects of retaining employment are strengthened.
Why did we create the PowerUp Games Certification Course?
We want the PowerUp Games Certified Testers to be at the top of the pile when it comes to being considered for game testing positions. We want them to excel in the face to face interviews. We do not want to have them asking simple or inexperienced questions when they get the job. We want to deliver to the industry students that are up to speed on game testing so the need for training, education and distraction to other game testing personnel and managers is reduced.