CV Tips For The Games Industry
If you’re a graduate, young professional, mid-level professional or a veteran in the games industry, there’s a shared consensus that – to secure a role, creating a lasting first impression is crucial! We have scoured the inter-webs for you with useful CV tips for the games industry, to help you get your foot in the door and land that dream role!
Tailor Your CV for each Role
For any role, tailoring your CV will give you a better chance of getting noticed as opposed to sending out a generic CV!
Although, it may feel like a lot of work for you, it shows to your potential employer, you have taken the time and attention to address the role specification in line with your CV. It will also demonstrate how well your skills and experiences meets the criteria stated in the job description!
You need to make sure, every job application that you send out is carefully personalized for each role!
Think of it as ‘doing the heavy lifting’ for your potential employer in figuring out if you match what they are looking for in a candidate. It also gives you an edge in your interview, as recruiters use your CV as a guide on what elements of your experience are closely focused to what they are looking for in a candidate.
Therefore, you should always keep to detail in line with the role, this can be your knowledge about a particular project the company has worked on, how your experience and skill shows strong evidence of what is required from the job specifications.
This demonstrates your enthusiasm and passion as well as highlights your suitability to the role, more coherently than a generic list of your skills and experience on your CV!
Work on Your Portfolio
For recruiters, your portfolio demonstrates your talents and skills visually, it provides useful examples of how your experience on previous projects match closely with the specific requirements recruiters are looking for!
You need to work on your portfolio and make sure you have relevant examples and recent projects. Also, if you’re new to the games industry with little experience- you can feature examples of your university projects and even passion projects you have worked on (if related).
In a sense, your portfolio should show evidence of why you should be interviewed by potential employers over other candidates and leave a lasting impression with an insight into your skills and experience!
Depending on the role, your portfolio needs to be clearly aligned to that specific sector – for example, portfolios for engineers can include any evidence of making a game, contributing to community mods or working on a code!
A key takeaway here is – tailor your portfolio accordingly to your related specialty or field!
The STAR Technique
Most professionals have come across ‘STAR’ – situation, task, action, result technique – it can be used as a useful framework to provide any evidence or example of how your experience(s) are related to a specific job role/specification!
Whenever you’re asked to provide an example in your job application, it is always useful to have the framework down as it helps to breakdown your experience in a specific manner, with real-world examples and provide an impact!
In your CV, using the ‘STAR’ technique can serve as a useful tool to highlight your previous work experiences or projects!
You should always start with S- describing a situation you were in, T- the task you were assigned or involved in, A- what you did/how you worked to achieve the task and R- a detailed breakdown of the result you achieved/ if you didn’t achieve a preferred result – the lessons you learned from it and if you were to come across a similar situation, what you’d do differently to achieve a preferred result!
Simplicity is Key
Always keep it simple and short!
In your CV, make it as simple as possible, you should always aim to keep the main details the recruiter needs to know right at the top – a short summary of your CV – think of it as an elevator pitch that’s concise and precise!
You should keep it as relevant as possible, and keep in mind – if what you’re including in your CV would be a beneficial detail in the recruiter’s decision to invite you for an interview!
It is recommended, to declutter your CV, keep it short and succinct, well-spaced – justified text, easy to read font, and it should be no more than 2 pages!
A well written and easy-to read CV goes a long way than a cluttered CV with loads of irrelevant text, graphs, charts, graphics. The irrelevant content on your CV takes away the time and effort a recruiter will put in to go through when they have several other CVs applying for the role.
First impressions count, so aim to make a lasting first impression with your CV to the recruiter by getting straight to the point with a simple and detailed CV!
*A note to remember is to add the relevant dates on your CV, dates for your university degree years, your years of working experience, passion projects, etc.
These are a just a few useful tips for your CV, that we think are very useful in your job search for landing that dream role, despite your level of experience.
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