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The games industry can be a tough market to crack, especially if you find your CV isn’t getting the attention you were hoping for. Whether you’re new to the market or just looking to give your resume a bit of an edge then don’t worry – we’re here to help!
Guy, our Games & Interactive consultant, has used his 5 year’s of recruiting experience in the industry to create 7 tips that will change the way employers see your CV, and get you the attention your skills deserve!
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VR is set to dominate over the coming months – but is this a platform worth developing for now, or should devs wait to see how the tech beds in first before committing valuable time and resources?
Recruitment agencies may hold the answer.
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FEAST or FAMINE?
Most articles you will read on the subject of recruitment will tell you there is a recruitment famine and candidates are hard to find. Although that might be true in many sectors it’s not true of all – if I placed an advert right now for a generic freelance Project Manager I guarantee I will have close to a hundred in my inbox within 24 hours and the majority of them will be excellent.
Depending on whether your skills sit in the Feast category or that of Famine will determine how you need to engage with recruiters.
OK for those of you in a market where there are still plenty of candidates to choose from you, perhaps, have the most work to do. The first truth to swallow is that although you will send your cv to recruiters you often won’t get a call back! I know it’s not ideal from a customer service perspective but with the volume of roles that most recruiters are tackling at the moment there often just aren’t enough hours in the day to respond to everyone.
– If you believe you are genuinely perfect for the role look then you’ll need to engage directly rather than just responding to the advert. I always appreciate it when an applicant takes the time to find my email (recruiters aren’t shy of promoting their contact details) and approaches me directly with a personalised email referring to the job. It stands out from the very beginning as it simply looks different in our inbox compared to the standard job board template response we receive.
– Call us! I know some recruiters won’t call back and I find that unforgiveable but the majority will and it gives you the chance to state your case in person. It might also help you jump the queue – there could be 20 cv’s in an inbox ahead of you and by the time the recruiter gets to you they may well have the role covered unless you do something to draw a recruiters attention to your skills and suitability.
– When presenting yourself always offer a cover note alongside your cv. Make the recruiters job easy by explaining why you are suitable for the role – show them which areas of your cv are relevant by signposting them. Offer any detail beyond the spec that may be relevant to the role.
– Ensure that anyone you speak to who says they are sending your profile to a client follows up with an email confirming that you have been sent and confirming the key elements agreed around your submission (rate/salary, start date, interview availability etc)
– Follow the interesting recruiters on social media. Follow the company and the individual. Recruiters rarely turn down a LinkedIn request to connect but also include twitter and Facebook. Engage when you see something interesting and get your voice heard…….
Now some Do Not’s:
Do not send your cv’s to roles where you know you aren’t really a match or there is a key requirement of the job that you choose to ignore – it frustrates the hell out of recruiters.
Do not be that person that sends your cv in to absolutely everything advertised by the same agency. You quickly lose your credibility and become that person a recruiter will never ever touch even if a role is a good match.
Do not chase feedback daily if you have been submitted. It’s OK to chase but agree a follow up date and time with the recruiter
Those whose profiles are in demand face a very different challenge. You can cherry pick the opportunities and might well be overwhelmed by recruiters approaching you.
– Find out who the best few recruiters are in your space and align yourself with them. Connect with the recruiters and follow them and the company socially and engage with them. If a recruiter is specialist in your space they are likely to be sharing lots of relevant content to you so feel free to comment.
– Work with those recruiters to create a shopping list of the ideal places that you’d like to work. Even if they don’t have a live job at that client they will definitely have contacts there and be able to make an approach on your behalf. Be wary of double representation.
– Consider what you really want from your next move beyond skills. It’s easy enough to match a cv against a spec but that doesn’t reflect many of the reasons people move jobs and aside from money this covers elements such as work/life balance, career prospects, the team, the boss, company culture, interesting projects or the company mission. Make sure the recruiter knows what’s important to you.
– Manage recruiter expectations about how quickly you might be looking to make a decision. Recruiters work fast and clients are responsive to moving fast in the current market situation. Don’t end up with an offer tabled when you are at first stage with other interesting roles as any delay will lead to you losing opportunities. Try and manage the process so all the interesting roles get to final stage so no-one gets offended by you trying to stall an offer
The famine Do Nots are:
Do not engage with too many recruiters as you’ll be overwhelmed
Do not treat recruiters like dirt – firstly there is simply no need and secondly the market moves in cycles and someday you’ll need those people to help you and some of us….well we have long memories
All that’s left now is for me to wish you good luck in your job search – here’s hoping you land the career opportunity you deserve