To thrive in the modern capitalist world, we need to have a job. Whether as an employee, freelancer, or entrepreneur, it’s a necessity. However, most of the time, we have one, but it’s not the job we long for. And as much as we continuously send out resumes for dreamy game job vacancies whose requirements check with all our talents, we don’t even get an interview with a game studio recruiter to show why we are the ideal candidate to fill that vacancy.
And why is that?
Unfortunately, there’s no exact answer because reasons vary, but to make up for our lack of responses, we can help you increase your odds of job hunting, so you at least earn a chance to do a tête-à-tête with a game studio recruiter.
Here at Gamesmith, where you can find an incredible quantity of gaming jobs, if you can’t get past the gatekeeper or if your email or Gamesmith profile is lost in the clutter of other applications, there’s no way you’re going to get the job you want. You have to attract attention, and you won’t do that by doing the same as everyone else.
So walk with me, because now I will show you some tips so you can win at job hunting, get a new position and use all your money to buy those triple-A releases you are always dreaming of.
Why you never hear back after applying
One of the most frustrating situations in job hunting is applying to dozens of game jobs that match your professional experience as if it were your soulmate, and you never get a response or even an email rejecting your application. This leaves a bitter taste, and you second-guess your competencies while a doubt lingers about in the air: what’s wrong with me?
One of the reasons why you never get an answer is because you sent your resume too late. Early applying to a vacancy is one of the most practical ways to hear from the recruiter before their inbox is drowning in the noise of other resumes. This is especially true when you apply to jobs mediated through a website, such as Gamesmith. Make sure to enable browser or mobile notifications, check Gamesmith jobs daily, and have your up-to-date resume and your Gamesmith profile fully complete and verified by your peers and of course, ready to tweak if necessary.
Finally, watch out for Gamesmith job alert emails. These match your job title to the hot jobs being released on Gamesmith. Make sure you immediately respond to these alerts to stay at the front of the crowd. Remember: the early bird gets the worm.
Another reason is that your email subject line or cover letter is not tailored to the specific job. While it’s a noble objective to want to “grow with the company” or “to utilize my skill-set and become a stellar professional,” the recruiter presumes that you are mass-sending emails for multiple jobs or that you haven’t even bothered to read about the job description. So, if you’re going to apply to a game designer, art director, Q/A tester job, align your objectives, message, and skills you believe will give you an edge on said job.
Picture this: you are on the other side of the monitor and watch as your inbox fills with several emails with the same subject, “Curriculum Vitae for Game Designer Job.” If you have a differentiated subject in the middle of this red ocean, it will stand out like a PlayStation 5 in the Nintendo section.
And on the other hand, it could simply mean that you were too ambitious or your skills do not directly match the requirements of the job. Some employers require 3+ years of experience in entry-level positions, and while it’s something implausible, most jobs often genuinely need all the demands listed in the description. So, no matter how driven and hard-working you are, it will not cover your lack of skills or desired courses and experiences.
You should always seek an answer whenever you apply for a job, even if it’s a negative. At least you know that the means of submission are correct and that your resume is not lost in the vastness of nothingness. Even better, when the return comes with feedback on why they refused your application, it can help fashion your resume or message according to the industry’s requirements. While hearing unpleasant views about your objective or the formatting of your resume can be demoralizing in the short run, it will definitely be beneficial in the long term.
How to effectively be noticed while job hunting
But there are some pointers for you to receive an answer and, hopefully, the long-dreamed-of interview. Most of them involve breaking out of your comfort lonely zone and interacting with people, the notorious networking.
When I worked for an IT company, the HR director said that the candidates who got her most attention were those who called the company or tried another form of contact beyond just applying. A potential applicant showing further interest was enough for the director to know his name prior to browsing the flood in her inbox and carefully searching for the one whose name she knew. A simple gesture that made all the difference. I know you may have reservations about “nagging” recruiters or struggle to use a phone in the 21st century, but understand that the recruiters’ jobs are also at stake. They have to choose a good professional to join the workforce, and what screams committed than a proactive person who goes after what they want?
If you really dislike phone calls, you can take advantage of the social section of some platforms, such as Gamesmith, that allows you to post, comment, like, and create genuine interaction with workers from a company you have your eye on. Being present on the timeline of a central manager can be the tiebreaker at the decisive moment. But remember, if you are only interacting out of pure interest, they will smell your shadiness from a mile away.
Video game jobs at Gamesmith have another essential aspect. When you register, you can fill out your profile, including all the games and companies you have worked for. If the recruiter for a job knows an employee from a former company you worked for, they can exchange notes about you and put you on a higher level than those who don’t have this condition in their network. Not to mention that you can connect with other makers and create your own game if you get tired of looking for opportunities. The secret sauce is: be human. You are looking for a job for a reason, and I bet they are all reasons to satisfy your human needs and desires.
The person on the other side also has a duty; so does the boss of the company. Put the golden rule to use, try to see from their perspective, think about what you can do to differentiate yourself from others. If you know you are the best option for the job, you have to let them know some way or another.
Best Foot Forward
Remember your Gamesmith profile is your digital calling card. There are over 2000 studios that use Gamesmith on a daily basis looking for talent and opportunities to grow their business opportunities, connections and team. When your name is mentioned, application received or referral gives where a Studio will look to see your suitability. It is Gamesmith. Make sure you put your next foot forward by making sure you have a complete and full Gamesmith profile, add details such as languages, skills and locations and make sure that you request verifications from other game professionals. Why? Gamesmith shows recruiters the profiles with the highest peer verifications first, as peer verifications create trust that your profile is true and honest.
Finally, when you apply to a video game job on Gamesmith’s game job board then your profile is sent to the studio for review. A full and computer profile, showing full skills and abilities will only help you win at applying for game jobs.
Moving from applying to the interview phase
And finally, you have been noticed. The person on the other side liked your Gamesmith profile, cover letter, your creative email subject, or that referral pushed you to the top. Now, it’s all in the hands of your resume because if the recruiter likes what they see, you’re in for an interview.
One of the most common professional advice is to follow a niche. Generalists are interesting, but insights say that hyper-specialists are the ones who conquer the market and earns a premium salary. If you are entering the games industry but have no experience, having a resume with courses tailored to the position you are applying for is more attractive to the recruiter. If your resume doesn’t get too crowded, don’t let basic skills out of it, like Microsoft Office. But adding a cooking course while looking for a community manager for mobile games vacancy will be more of an interference than a help. Unless, the position requires you to prepare meals at happy hours.
The same applies to your work history and Gamesmith profile. Maybe your job as a receptionist is appealing for a more creative position since you interact with different people every day. In contrast, your junior accountant position is more suited for a developer position. The gist of it is to not leave gaps in your resume unexplained. If you took a year off to focus on your studies or went on an exchange, remember to justify it. Looking like you spent a whole year in blank will be bad for your assessment.
To circumvent your zero experience in the field, internships, volunteer work, or creating your own project are solutions. If you intend to work as a game scenario writer but never did before, your side projects and experimentations will amp up your resume. Talking about these projects during the interview can show your perception and experience about the job and be a bonus point over those who have never done anything.
The bottom line is, try to put yourself in the recruiting company’s shoes. Reinforcing, even if some companies are surreal and ask for lunatic requirements, many are legit and are looking for a dedicated and interested employee. How often have you not heard the story that a passionate professional with little experience outperformed someone with a golden resume but who resembled more a machine at work than a human? Create a relatable resume, send an enriching cover letter, get the recruiter’s attention, and good luck.
The gaming industry is growing, and we’re counting on YOU to help it grow even more.