5 Resource Tools To Find Jobs In Video Games
Working in the video game entertainment industry. What a dream, am I right? What enthusiastic and longtime gamer wouldn’t want to have a bite from the apple of this magnanimous and ever-growing segment. However, due to its fame, the competition is brutal, and the line to the entrance is long. And one may wonder, If the industry is growing so much, why is it so difficult to find a job?
Fret not. While I can’t give you a job, I can aid you in your quest and show you some resources to smooth your search. After all, I work in the gaming industry and have endured many hardships before I established-ish myself in it.
So, here are 5 resource tools to find jobs In Video Games and brag to your friends that you are living the childhood dream of almost everyone who ever grabbed a joystick.
Gamesmith is the largest and most complete video game job board on the market. There are over 1000 registered Studios on the site that use it daily to identify talent and a bunch load of jobs posted daily. Don’t take my word for it; browse the job board and see for yourself the obscene amounts of jobs just awaiting your stellar resume.
The platform’s icing on the cake is that it lets users create their public profile and claim credit for the games they have worked on, verify other team members, and network with the elite in gaming. This guarantees your credibility among peers and Studios and helps bolster your professional brand. Think of it like an IMDB for gamers. In this manner, your future employer won’t have to call your former associates for reference since they will be able to see on your homepage the legitimacy of your relationship with every other gaming professional around.
But, I know what you’re thinking “what use do I have for a profile if I never got the opportunity to earn experience?” And that’s when the job board comes aboard. Presenting over 10,500 jobs across the globe. You can filter Studios seeking different types of employment, such as freelancing, remote permit, consulting work, or even a humble side hustle to make up for your new Tesla installments.
I don’t know about you, but Gamesmith sure does seems like an excellent place to start. So delay no further. Create your account, set job alerts, so you know immediately when new titles are green-lit, and apply effortlessly. Because your Gamesmith profile isn’t just your pretty face splashed on the internet. It’s also your resume.
If you are a team player and are always lurking around Discord waiting for someone to hop in a voice call to ambush them and invite them to a match, this method will better suit you. Gamesmith is also on Discord and is the most meaningful game job-related server present there.
Besides announcing all the jobs on the website board directly into the server, you have a direct line open to speak to Studios and brag about your skillset. Of course, equipped with common sense and respecting the etiquette of healthy dialogue.
The server also promotes and even encourages self-promotion. Showing your work is not an inconvenience but an invitation. So get on the server, introduce yourself, talk about your weaknesses, disclose your art, your ideas, your games, that unfinished script, do whatever is necessary to draw a Studio’s attention, and grab an opportunity.
For introverts, you also have the option to color-code your name and show what you do without actively expressing yourself. Studios can easily spot green-colored nicks for people available for work, blue for artists, purple for designers, light orange for Studio members, and… colorless for writers…
If you are exploring the job board’s entirety, surveyed the Discord server, and are still on a roll searching for a job, this tool is for you. The Gamesmith DevMap is one of the most valuable and brilliant tools on the gaming market. Any company can simply drop a pin on the map and prepare for the harvest.
For those with no requirements regarding remote work or if your intention is to move to another country, fix your gaze at the DevMap. Discover how many studios permeate your desired region, access their websites, see what titles they are working on, fall in love, and get in touch. There are over 3000 studios on the map. It’s not for lack of options that you will run out of opportunities, but for inaction.
Hone your senses, scroll the map, meet, find, and get acquainted with as many Studios as you want. The worst that can happen for trying is staying where you are. And as a wise old Chinese man once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” In your case, with a single email.
Enough about us, right? Not to brag, but we do have some pretty good tools to help you in your gaming-job-seeking endeavor. However, in our hearts lies a genuine interest in helping you. On this account, we can also provide third-party resources and show their benefits.
LinkedIn is the largest and most influential person when discussing job search, and it’s not a tool that can – or should – be ignored. However, and I speak by experience, the ease of applying for a vacancy is also its downfall. Anyone can claim to have the position’s required skill and send their profile for evaluation. This causes a considerable noise in the recruiter’s mailbox, and your masterpiece resume can and most probably will get lost in this puddle of ignored resumes. Can you see why a specialized games profile on Gamesmith that cross-references with other experts in the field is a more attractive option?
But if you have the time, drive, and determination, it’s worth investing some time on LinkedIn to look for jobs in the gaming field and apply yourself. But I recommend you do that after exhausting all options available on Gamesmith.
Information is power. As I said before, the gaming industry is growing steeply, catching the eye of all video game professionals and to-be-professionals. Besides being good at what you do, you need something to differentiate yourself from the masses. Being up-to-date with the news in the industry is an essential key point and a beautiful headstart.
To be on the top of the informational game, Gamesindustry.biz is your daily read. The site specializes in the business side of the gaming world and everything that a job seeker needs. With a wealth of information about studios, it’s also a superb place to arm yourself if you get a long-desired interview and want to be more prepared than a level 90 character with legendary equipment to face the boss of a sidequest.
Funding news, the development of new technologies and the industry’s future, eSports, publishers, and even the influence of politics on the scene they cover. I confess, it may not be the most fun leisure reading you will ever do, but it is essential if you want to promote yourself and stand out in the marketplace. Even gaming is not about just having fun 24/7. That is unless you do have fun discussing who bought shares from who and debating how Roblox became the most valuable modern gaming company in the US.
Although not Gamesindustry.biz strong suit, they also have a job board worth skimming about.
Use and abuse all these resources. The gaming industry is competitive and hard to get into, but things get progressively better once you get that little Cinderella foot of yours inside. And if you get tired of relying on technology, shift on to a more social side. Talk to your friends, speak with fellow workers on Discord, ask for tips, network – don’t forget to contribute as well because networking is a two-way street – and most importantly, don’t give up. Life hands us several no’s because we only need one yes to start our successful journey.
I hope you found my tips helpful. I really want to help you find a job. Because once you’ve grown in your career, turned famous, or built an established studio, you’ll remember that humble writer who gave you those resources and ask yourself, “How can I pay him back?” and then offer me a dream job.