Before you make the decision to become a video game tester you really need to know a few basic facts.
For instance, do you know what the salary is for a game tester? Do you know what work is required of you other than sitting down playing video games? What sort of hours will you be working? etc.
There should be many questions swimming around in your head that need to be answered before you even begin to think about video game tester jobs.
Do Your Homework First
Write down every question that comes into your head about game testing that you don’t already know.
The reason for this exercise is to highlight any potential problems that you may not have thought about. For example, did you realize that it is very unlikely you’ll be employed in a full-time position?
You should be able to get most of your questions answered from this site. Just like you’re doing now, I went through the same initial process when I started out, so I know the sort of things you need to know.
The Secret To Becoming A Video Game Tester
Here’s the good news…
There’s no big secret to becoming a video game tester!
For all the information that’s available to read online, there’s only so much you need to know. There is a ton of crap out there written by guys who have no idea what they’re on about.
There’s no short cuts or secret method to getting a tester job. But there are some things you can do that will improve your chances..
1. Be Persistent
The one single most important trait you will need in order to succeed as a game tester is…PERSISTENCE.
Trust me, you will not get a job straight away (unless you get very lucky). You need to keep applying, keep your resume up to date and stay focused.
Being persistent will show the game company you’re serious and committed to becoming a top game tester. You will eventually get a break and that’s when doors will start opening and more jobs will come your way.
2. Be Professional
Remember, you’re dealing with multi-million dollar companies. They can afford to choose the best people for the job and you will be up against many other candidates.
It’s amazing how many people don’t get a gig as a tester simply because they’re not professional in their job applications or at an interview.
For example, if you fill in a job application form, make sure there are no spelling or grammatical mistakes. Part of your job as a video game tester is to complete a written report on your findings. Your future employer will think twice if he sees several spelling mistakes and poor writing skills.
So remember to be professional in every aspect of the process.
If you stay on top of your game by being very persistent and adopting a professional attitude, you’ll be ahead of 75% of the other guys who apply for the same jobs.
With the information I’ve given you on this site, the next step is to join a video game tester membership site. You’ll then get inside details of all the new game tester job vacancies as they become available.
My top recommendation is BecomeAGameTester.com who are currently offering a lifetime membership for just a one-off low payment.
~ Pete Wotton