Recently, I found myself on the job-hunting path again. I am one of the testers who have no certification specifically related to software testing. Further, I do not plan on getting such a certification.
In the past, I included the line in the certification section of my CV, “I do not have an ISTQB certification, and I would be pleased to explain why.” This statement led to a high percentage of refusals to interview me. The few who did usually wanted me to explain why, sometimes to the exclusion of what I thought was more relevant information (like my accomplishments).
This time around, I changed the statement. Instead of with the rest of my certifications, I included the following statement in the descriptions of my activities for a previous job:
I actively helped improve their ISQTB-based testing strategy to testing methods which better fit our needs.
The idea behind this change was that most companies have a big testing problem. Their testers waste their time planning and documentation of tests and not enough time testing. In my statement above, I imply that there is a better way, and for the previous organization, I have found it.
When I put out my CV, something happened which hasn’t happened since I started testing as a full time job. Companies approached me asking for interviews. They had a problem (testing can be better!) and I offered a solution. A topic of conversion switched from “Why don’t I have a certification” to “How can I help you improve your testing?” At the end of the job-hunt, I had the unique position that I had to turn down some really decent job offers because more than one company wanted my help.
Of course, this wasn’t the only improvement I made to my job hunt strategy, but it was an important one.