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  • 20 Tips For Applying To A Junior Artist Position

    [02.28.19]
    - Herve Piton

  • COVER LETTER

    Explain your situation briefly

    A cover letter explaining your situation is good, especially if your profile is unusual for the job, but keep it short, a few lines is usually enough. Without one the company might be left wondering what position exactly you're applying for, whether you're willing to relocate, etc. It's also helpful to know what decided you to apply in the first place, as long as you're relatively honest - excessive flattery is easy to spot often frowned upon. 

    Visa matters are important

    If you're foreign-based but are entitled to work in the country you're applying for, mention it. It's often a big deal for the company as it might not be able to offer visas for junior positions. Sponsoring a visa takes time and money, two things that are scarce at a small studio. If you have a passport from a different country that the one you currently live in or have several passports, mention it.


    RESUME

    Keep it short

    For a junior position, your resume should fit on a single page. There's no need to detail your past work experiences if they don't have a clear connection with game development. You can always talk about this at the interview stage if needed.

    Include a clickable link to your portfolio 

    Make it easy for the company to find your portfolio by including a link on your PDF resume and make sure it's clickable - or at the very least selectable. Nobody wants to have to type a long URL in the browser address bar when they have many applications to go through every day.

    Legibility first

    Fancy-looking resumes are cool but they should still be easy to read. If in doubt, better play it safe, you won't get turned down for having a standard-looking resume. Correct grammar and punctuation never hurt either, so ask someone to double-check your resume if you're not sure! 

    Do as the Romans

    If you apply for a job abroad, do some research first of what is expected to be (or not expected to be) on the resume in that specific country, as it varies a lot. In some countries including a photo of yourself on your resume is normal, in some others it's very unusual. 

    Translate if needed

    If you're from a non-English-speaking country, applying to a company abroad with a resume that has not been fully translated into English or the local language doesn't show a great deal of motivation for relocating.

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