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Do wear the SQAF badge with pride! Someday, having SQAF affiliation on your CV or resume' will carry more weight than any certification. You can make that happen!
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Jim said that in one of his important posts above. I think I will be one of those who like wearing SQAF badge with pride. This is going to be my nth time that I mentioned to someone ignorant that I am a member of SQA Forums.
I have started converting my belief into SQAF affiliation into reality. I have added it to my resume. Have you?
One of the major issues for me is the fact that most of the people I know (friends/coworkers) are NOT users! There are many reasons why I think this is so, but regardless, it's so disappointing! I've always wanted to interview somebody who says! Yeah I'm a big time user! But every once in a while I would talk to somebody who claims to have used it many years ago!
Why is that???
Honestly... The people who say they have used the site previously (or any site for software testing) get so many extra bonus points in my scale that they usually end up getting the advantage! It shows they care about learning/helping! Not somebody who hides in their cube and thinks of QA as a paycheck or a step to the next career!
I strongly believe that discussing issues with other members of the testing community is a great way to learn/teach.
One of my interview questions is: "What have you done in the last year to improve your testing knowledge?"
No answer = no job
"I read articles online or participate in forums" is an excellent answer. I make it a point to read some type of process or job related material every work day....yeah I know I am kind of sick....8-) It could just be 10 pages but that constant improvement and refresher is great.