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  • How To Break Into The Industry, Part 2

    [03.15.12]
    - Destin Bales

  • Step 6: Resume and Online Portfolio

    It's almost time to go after your dream.  Be prepared by creating an appropriate resume and online portfolio.  Let's discuss how.

    When the time comes to begin applying for jobs in the games industry, your resume and online portfolio will become critical in effectively communicating your value to a prospective employer.  In today's digitally driven world we do recommend creating both a resume and an online portfolio to ensure the maximum level of exposure and ease of use for your target organizations.

    Tips for Creating a Compelling Resume 

    • Feature your hands-on experience, as a candidate with no prior dev history it's critical that you highlight the work you've done modding existing titles or working in Unity
    • Limit your information to two pages or less
    • Thoroughly proofread your resume and have friends review it as well
    • Do not settle for traditional templates, search the web for attractive examples that you can build upon for your work
    • Create a cover letter that emphasizes both your passion for development and your self-directed accomplishments to date
    • Customize both your cover letter and resume to each job that you apply for, using familiar terminology found in the associated posting

    Tips for Creating a Compelling Online Portfolio 

    • There are many free hosting and design sites available online
    • Include a company-agnostic version of your resume in your portfolio
    • Feature examples of your work with a clear and concise summary of what role you played and which elements you personally affected
    • Show only the best of what you have accomplished as quality is far more valuable here than quantity 



    A few examples of online portfolios

    "If you have a demo reel, keep it to one minute or less in length and under 10mbs in size. Ensure your resume is simple, easy to read, and contains only the most important information. Attach Google Analytics to your website to track who looks at your portfolio and when, allowing you to see when a company views your information. And thoroughly fill out your LinkedIn profile, as people these days often look at that before reviewing a resume."

      - Colin Brown, Sr. Animator | Paragon Studios

    Today many developers use LinkedIn as a means of sharing their work history with one another and we encourage you to do the same.  This free service allows you to link your resume and online portfolio to it as well, providing an accessible one-stop-shop for all prospective employers to view your information.

    Game studios receive thousands of applications each year so it is critical that you take your time, create a polished resume and portfolio, share only your most promising work, and perhaps most importantly be as brief as possible.

    If you would like feedback on your resume and portfolio feel free to link them in the comments below or in our discussion section.  Consider removing personal information such as your home address prior to posting.

    [This content was used with permission, and comes from Destin Bales' independent blog "I Need To Make Games."]

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