Why are ISTQB certifications and AT*SQA micro-credentials so popular during a recession?

Here are 3 reasons the demand for ISTQB software testing certifications and AT*SQA micro-credentials goes up during an economic downturn.

While recessions can lead to layoffs and smaller staff sizes, the workloads usually do not decrease. As a result, the demand for software testing certifications and micro-credentials typically increases rapidly during an economic downturn. Below are 3 reasons companies, managers, and software testers increase their reliance upon ISTQB certifications and AT*SQA micro-credentials during a recession.

  1. Employers are seeking the best software testers – and the documentation to prove it. Companies hiring testers during a recession have their choice of many excellent candidates. However, verifying the authenticity of a tester's resume can be difficult. While the truth may become clear during a well-crafted interview, employers don't want to waste their time weeding out candidates at that stage – it's too expensive. They want to confirm at the resume stage if a candidate understands software testing in general, along with perhaps specific knowledge of areas such as test automation or performance testing. The only way to easily determine this at the resume stage is by the presence of one or more ISTQB certifications and AT*SQA micro-credentials. It's not enough for the tester to list the credential on their resume – it must also appear on the tester's profile on the Official U.S. List of Certified & Credentialed Testers™. Note: For reasons of verification, the only way to appear on that list is to have registered for and taken the ISTQB exam or AT*SQA exam through AT*SQA.
  2. Experienced managers know that while staff sizes may be cut during a recession, the workload does not decrease. Those testers who are fortunate to keep their software QA jobs are asked to do more software testing than perhaps ever before. That is why ISTQB certification and AT*SQA micro-credentials are so important. These credentials provide a common terminology and set of testing principles that make software testing teams more efficient. Moreover, studies have shown that testers who are certified are faster and better at finding defects than non-certified personnel.[1] And CFOs know that a small investment in an ISTQB exam or AT*SQA micro-credential can have a very positive return on investment, as much as 1500% or greater.[2]
  3. Software testers without jobs will get more attention when they have ISTQB certifications and AT*SQA micro-credentials on their resume. As one software tester remarked about their job search, "As far as getting the attention of employers, I do feel that my certifications tend to propel my resume to the top of the pile." Consider this scenario: If a hiring manager is considering two software testers who have similar experience levels and interview skills, but one has ISTQB certification and several AT*SQA software testing micro-credentials, which one do you think they would choose? Those with multiple credentials will be even more impressive candidates because they have a higher level in their Testing Tiers® ranking.
ISTQB software testing certification and AT*SQA software testing micro-credentials are popular in any economy, but they are in even greater demand during a recession. These certifications and credentials allow companies to hire the best testers and build maximum testing capacity, while unemployed testers will find more job opportunities. Learn more about ISTQB software testing certifications and AT*SQA software testing micro-credentials.

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[1] Capers Jones, "A Short History Of The Cost Per Defect Metric | Software Defect Origins & Removal Methods"
[2] Randall Rice, "The Value of ISTQB Certification"