I am new to this testing field.
I am currenlty in atlanta ,ga and moved from NY 7 yrs ago.I have never seen hardship in my life as this one.I recieved my AAS in EEG 10 yrs ago and since I couldn't find work as an electronic tech I branched into IT 6 yrs ago.I started out doing helpdesk for almost 3 yrs.I felt burnt out doing that and I moved into desktop support.After that I was then out of work for about a yr and while out of work I drove a cab for about 9 months and selling systems on the side.My ex is a software engineer and I decided to pursue that after getting my A+ and MCP.This was because in these hard times working for $13 bucks an hr wasn';t cutting it for me.I hate to say this but she boosted up my resume to reflect software testing with the companies I had already worked for.I then went out and bought Software Testing in the Real World by Edward Kit.It was alright though not the best in defining or mentioning important terms in this field.After the resume and reading about half of the book I recieved a call for a contract job which would only be for 6 weeks.I started the next day and they needed a software tester who knew hardware and software.I started and not knowing much about testing or even DSL modems.I learned the DSl stuff,the routers ,shasters and how they work etc..
Manual scripts were writtien for us to test the company proprietary software.This is what we do.We test their chat programs,messenger program which will interact with AIM,Yahoo and MSN.There are also countless stuff we test.We then learned to write test scripts after it was done a few times for us.The main goal is to find out how different DSLs work well each OS and with each software.We use another software(screen capture)to take snap shots of errors.
I have been here for the pastt 4 months.Soo far they have laid off 2 people out of the 5 that started.I also started reading this message board about key terms like automated testing etc...All we do here is manual testing and can anyone give me insights on getting ready for other interviews and what are the important things to know as a novice.Am I wrong for lieing for this $13/hr job?I know most jobs look for 4 yr software testing experince but I know I have to start somewhere.I also do read the FAQs on this board to answer some the questions I have.
Any help will be appreciated.
Re: I am new to this testing field.
Deception of course is wrong. Admitting it on the world stage makes a strong statement!!!
I recommend reading the Functional Testing forum postings. There is some fertile material in there. Also, check out the Downloads and Links tabs above right.
There is no shortcut to this discipline. A simplistic idea to build on is one that you may already be aware of - Think about ways to not only prove the application(s) work - but also show reasonable ways to cause failure. Learn learn learn!