Want a free phone? Try testing them!
Are you coveting that new phone but you’re paycheck just can’t take the strain? Do you want a job playing with new toys? Why not combine your desires and become a cell phone tester?
Cell phone testers try out new phones and application before they’re released to the public. So not only do they not pay for the latest phones, they get them before the first day. So unless you like standing in lines on release day this is a huge step up.
Sound cool? Yeah, it is. That’s why there’s a ton of people out there looking to do this. So there are a few things you need to consider before you go set up camp on the front steps of Motorola.
Some testing jobs pay, some don’t but they’re still jobs. You’ll be required to perform tasks and to report on the performance of the product. The level of formality involved will vary depending on the company. Also, since you’ll be working for a specific company you won’t get every new phone that comes out. They won’t need you to test they’re competitor’s phones and wouldn’t be able to give them to you before they come out. So pick a company you like and want to stick with.
So you’ve decided to do it. You’ve picked your company. You understand what you’re getting in to. Now what?
Start by visiting the web site of the cell phone companies and handset manufacturers you’d most like to work for. Nose around and be persistent, if they announce an opening publicly that’s probably the first place they’ll do so. That way you can strike while the iron’s hot. You can be at the head of the line when they start taking applications and all that research and preparation you need to do to land a cool job you’ll already have done. It’s impressive and flattering when an applicant knows all about the company so make sure you do.
Get a job for the company doing something else. It’s easy and cheep for them to spread out the testing work among their employees. Just because someone makes coffee, types letters or changes light bulbs doesn’t mean they can’t also use a phone. So get your foot in the door and, once it’s there, let your new employers know that you’re interested in testing.
Attend conventions and network. Get to know people in the industry. Like any job, contacts count for a lot. Trade shows and industry conventions will be packed with people who share your love of gadgets and can help you make your dream a reality.
Adapted from original article written by Kathryn Vercillo/hubpages.com (http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Become-a-Cell-Phone-Tester-Before-Theyre-...)