The best part about working in the uTest Community is seeing the number of new testers who join our ranks everyday. We see testers new to the testing world, as well as veteran testers who have years of experience. No matter your experience level, we have resources to help guide you toward your first paid project with uTest.
The first stop in our journey after registration is a course in uTest University called “Getting Started with uTest Paid Projects.” This course contains answers to many of the questions that new uTesters typically have, like how to update your Expanded profile and how to get invited to the Sandbox program.
Keep in mind that, in order for uTest to match you with incoming projects, you will need to keep your testing profile complete and up-to-date. For example, if a project requires testers in Canada with BlackBerry devices and your profile matches these requirements, we will then be able to notify you of an upcoming test cycle. Be sure to update your profile as you pick up new gadgets (mobile devices, laptops, etc.) and update your software. Many customers are especially interested in testers with the latest devices for testing purposes. Removing outdated items you no longer own is also very important.
Also, beyond your tester rating, keep in mind that projects are not guaranteed but rather on a supply and demand basis based on customer needs for your devices, location, environments, and other criteria. While waiting for potential invites, though, you may check out our Paid Projects Board to apply for opportunities that are a match for your location, skillset and devices.
The next stop takes a step back from uTest and examines the greater software testing realm. In short, without a solid foundation in testing fundamentals, it will no doubt be tough to develop as a tester at uTest. “Building Your Software Testing Skills” is a great primer for new testers and vets alike, and contains many testing resources, those recommended by a 15-year software testing veteran, that are intended to help you grow as a software tester.
Coming back into the uTest world, the next stop is the “5 Steps to Succeeding in Your First uTest Project” course. Once you’ve been invited to a uTest project, there are helpful steps outlined in the course that will assist you, such as how to accept your first invitation, review the scope and chat, submit your bug reports, submit your test case, and check in on your bug reports in the event a Project Manager or Test Team Lead has a question.
Another course that contains invaluable advice for testers is uTest Test Team Lead Aaron Weintrob’s “When is a Bug Not a Bug?” One of the hardest things for new testers to know is where the line between a valid bug stops and good feedback begins, and Aaron’s course points out key tips for testers to remember when deciding whether to file a bug or not in testers’ first test cycles.
As you plan ahead for your testing future, also take a look at the Skill Tree for Paid Projects. This outlines the various ways that you can further your career with uTest. For example, some of our testers have day jobs as QA testers and supplement their income with paid projects at uTest, while others become some of our top testers and earn thousands of dollars a month by testing with us full-time.
Last but not least, be sure to browse through the careers in QA blog posts on the uTest Blog, and stop by the uTest Forums to hear from uTest veterans whom have a lot to share about their experiences and tips for success as a uTester (it’s also just a great place to network off the clock with fellow testing peers!).
While becoming a successful uTester will require a lot of hard work, learning core testing concepts, learning from peers and self-paced studying, we hope that these resources will ease you into your first cycles and the rewarding journey ahead as a uTester.