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Video Game Tester Job Openings – 2 Quick Tips for Faster Employment

January 24, 2011
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Author: Sean Saunders

Getting video game tester job openings is no easy task. Truth be told, it can be damn near impossible for beginners, especially for those whom don’t know a thing about video game testing. So, the big question is: how can a professional video game tester make landing jobs easier? Well, he can start by reading a few game testing tips.


Tip 1: Start Networking With Others!
Believe it or not, the success of your video game tester career may heavily rely on your network of contacts. What is a network? Basically, it’s a group of people that you know within your industry that can help you progress in your career. Will any type of network help you advance in your testing career? No, unfortunately.

In order for your network to be able to actually help you, it has to be filled with reliable contacts from the gaming industry. If your “network” is only made up of friends and family, how do you expect to land any video game tester job openings? With that being said, begin to network with as many people in the gaming industry as humanly possible. Concept artists, graphics designers, audio specialists, programmers, developers, testers, and anyone else that has a career related to video games. The more people you know in the video game industry, the more strings you can ultimately pull.

What can your network do for you? Plenty of things. The biggest of which is putting in a good word for you when you submit an application for a testing job. Having a man on the inside is definitely a great way to ensure that you get high paying assignments. Aside from that, they can also let you in on job openings and any big news that is being hidden from the public.

All in all, a reliable network is a great resource that no video game tester should be without.

Second Tip: Stop Sitting Around & Get Yourself Out There!
There are not going to be any “video game tester wanted” ads in the paper, so you’ll have to get out of the old “newspaper job search” mindset. You have to realize that game developers are indeed looking for game testers, but they aren’t searching high and low for them. Why not? Because they know that the game testers will come to them, that’s why.

If they were to advertise the fact that they need testers, they would likely be swarmed with gamer, not game tester, applications. What’s the difference? Well, a gamer application is submitted by a person who just wants to play video games all day long and get paid for it. A game tester application is submitted by a professional video game tester who knows that he will be paid to complete a job, period. Whether he has fun or not is of little concern; the fact in the matter is that he is being paid to test a video game, not just to play it. As you can clearly see, developers want game tester applications and nothing else; which is precisely why they don’t widely advertise their job openings.

Since the companies & developers aren’t actively searching for you, what do you think you should do? Look for them of course! Therefore, if you want a video game tester job, you must head directly to the developers and apply for one. It doesn’t sound that tough, does it? Well as usual, it’s much easier said than done.

To get a developer to give you for a testing job, you have to convince them that you are indeed a qualified video game tester. How can you do that? By simply telling them about your experience in the video game industry. Let them know about the games you’ve played, online communities you are apart of (MMORPGs, websites, clubs, forums, etc), accomplishments you’ve made, and what consoles you own & play regularly. Also, if you have a blog/website that covers video game related news, such as cheats, hints, tips, glitches, reviews, previews, etc. make sure that they know about it. Remember, any and all experience with video games will help your cause, so don’t be shy. The more experience you’ve got, the better off you’ll be.

About the Author

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