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Skillsearch at GDC 2018 Careers Advice

Skillsearch at GDC 2018

Skillsearch are at GDC 2018, and we're bringing along a couple of things you'll definitely want to hear about! Take a look at why you should find us

Remote workers: A Born Again Trend? Careers Advice

Remote workers: A Born Again Trend?

Are we dismissing remote work out of hand without really weighing up the positives and the negatives? Or is this genuinely an inconceivable option for the vast majority of studios?

Graduate Scheme Insights: Creative Assembly Careers Advice

Graduate Scheme Insights: Creative Assembly

Skillsearch speaks with the studio behind the classic Total War series and survival horror Alien: Isolation to get their valuable insight into what it takes to qualify for their innovative graduate scheme. Graduate schemes have something of a ‘patchy’ reputation in the industry. For instance, critics argue that game degree courses are not current or […] The post Graduate Scheme Insights: Creative Assembly appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

Writing the Ideal CV for the Games Industry Careers Advice

Writing the Ideal CV for the Games Industry

For the past few years we at Skillsearch have been regular speakers at various universities around the UK which offer degrees in Computer Science, and other games industry related academia. Predictably we often find that attendees are particularly interested in the ‘CV writing’ section of the talk – everybody knows the importance of having a […] The post Writing the Ideal CV for the Games Industry appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

Workday: Sticking to its Game Plan Careers Advice

Workday: Sticking to its Game Plan

Over the past few months, Workday has continued to add new functionality to its products while consolidating its business operations; Skillsearch’s Workday specialist Adam Leaver examines what the recent developments mean for contractors working within the Goliath’s ecosystem. It was news that Workday partner Cornerstone probably didn’t want to hear even though it would have […] The post Workday: Sticking to its Game Plan appeared first on Skillsearch Technology.

Game Development: Graduates Not Welcome? Careers Advice

Game Development: Graduates Not Welcome?

A recent survey has revealed that work placement opportunities at game devs are at worryingly low levels; Skillsearch’s Games & Interactive Manager Giles Fenwick examines the key issues that are preventing the next generation of talent from getting a foothold in the games industry.   It’s a genuinely eye-opening stat for anybody reading Creative Skillset’s ‘Workforce Survey […] The post Game Development: Graduates Not Welcome? appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

Mobile Salary & Satisfaction Survey Careers Advice

Mobile Salary & Satisfaction Survey

We have recently conducted a Salary and Satisfaction Survey across the Mobile Industry and are pleased to be able to publish the results. The post Mobile Salary & Satisfaction Survey appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

A View on Indie Development from the Inside… Careers Advice

A View on Indie Development from the Inside…

    A View on Indie Development from the Inside… By Guy DeRosa The games industry is packed with developers interested in making a jump over to indie development, but where to start, and how do the successful ones do what they do?  Skillsearch Games & Interactive Recruitment sits down with the co-founder of Just […] The post A View on Indie Development from the Inside… appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

So, you want to be a Unity Freelancer? Careers Advice

So, you want to be a Unity Freelancer?

    Skillsearch Digital are the only recruitment agency which specialises in providing games & interactive studios worldwide with experts in the industry’s most dynamic development engine: Unity3D (… Cue heated debate with UE4 enthusiasts)

Negotiate A Better Salary With One Simple Technique Careers Advice

Negotiate A Better Salary With One Simple Technique

Negotiate A Better Salary With One Simple Technique After 20 years of working in recruitment there is a fundamental truth when it comes to negotiating a salary – the client always wants to negotiate at the point of making a formal offer. With more and more clients preferring to negotiate direct with the candidate at […] The post Negotiate A Better Salary With One Simple Technique appeared first on Skillsearch Technology.

Negotiate A Better Salary With One Simple Technique Careers Advice

Negotiate A Better Salary With One Simple Technique

After 20 years of working in recruitment there is a fundamental truth when it comes to negotiating a salary – the client always wants to negotiate at the point of making a formal offer. With more and more clients preferring to negotiate direct with the candidate at offer stage it can put the jobseeker in […] The post Negotiate A Better Salary With One Simple Technique appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

6 Best Practice Tips for Smart Watch Developers Careers Advice

6 Best Practice Tips for Smart Watch Developers

6 Best Practice Tips for Smart Watch Developers The tech giant’s latest addition to its family was launched at the end of April and according to CEO Tim Cook is proving to be a massive hit with developers. But what key design guidelines should devs practise to ensure their Watch apps are hitting the mark? […] The post 6 Best Practice Tips for Smart Watch Developers appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

Time – The biggest Challenge to Bringing on Talent Careers Advice

Time – The biggest Challenge to Bringing on Talent

Time – The biggest Challenge to Bringing on Talent   Imagine dating. You’ve met someone, been out a few times, and you like them. You like them enough to view it as more than a fling – this is someone you can see yourself in a long term relationship with. Perhaps they are even “ […] The post Time – The biggest Challenge to Bringing on Talent appeared first on Skillsearch Technology.

CRM Rollout: How To Avoid Implementation Failure Careers Advice

CRM Rollout: How To Avoid Implementation Failure

CRM Rollout: How To Avoid Implementation Failure The benefits of a successfully implemented CRM platform are well-documented but to achieve them, companies must first consider their rollout strategy – and who will be responsible for creating and implementing it. When implemented correctly, a CRM system can transform a business and how it operates. It has the […] The post CRM Rollout: How To Avoid Implementation Failure appeared first on Skillsearch Technology.

Staff Retention: Game Development’s Biggest Issue by Giles Fenwick Careers Advice

Staff Retention: Game Development’s Biggest Issue by Giles Fenwick

Committed, talented employees are the lifeblood of any game developer, so ensure you’re creating the best possible environment to retain them – or run the risk of losing key staff to your competitors.   Staff retention is a critical issue for any industry as companies vie to secure the best possible talent for their projects. But […] The post Staff Retention: Game Development’s Biggest Issue by Giles Fenwick appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

5 Ways to Help You Get a Job in the Games Industry Careers Advice

5 Ways to Help You Get a Job in the Games Industry

As a Recruitment Agent I often find myself discussing how different the computer games industry is to recruit for versus any other. That’s extremely fortunate as I don’t think the other industries would tolerate me, and perhaps vice-versa (potentially because when I typed the word ‘versus’ I experienced an uncontrollable urge to shout “FIGHT” in […] The post 5 Ways to Help You Get a Job in the Games Industry appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Accept a Counter Offer Careers Advice

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Accept a Counter Offer

In 2014 after a decade in recruitment, my candidates received more counter offers to stay than in any previous year in the industry and it looks like the trend is set to continue this year. I believe there is a famous statistic that 90% of candidates still leave employment after accepting a counter offer in […] The post 5 Reasons Why You Should Never Accept a Counter Offer appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Accept a Counter Offer Careers Advice

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Accept a Counter Offer

In 2014 after a decade in recruitment, my candidates received more counter offers to stay than in any previous year in the industry and it looks like the trend is set to continue this year. I believe there is a famous statistic that 90% of candidates still leave employment after accepting a counter offer in […] The post 5 Reasons Why You Should Never Accept a Counter Offer appeared first on Skillsearch Technology.

As a leading Oracle consultancy we initially engaged with Skillsearch around 2 years ago when they were just part of our recruitment supplier network. Over that period they have demonstrated a consistent level of delivery in the niche Oracle space that has led us to dispense with our other recruiters and work exclusively with Skillsearch. We have taken the relationship to the level that they come to us with potential sales leads and in turn we are happy to promote them, when appropriate, directly to our clients.

UK Award-Winning Oracle Consultancy

The folks at Skillsearch are all you could ask for in a recruitment agency: polite, enthusiastic and thorough. Working with Giles, Guy and Katie has been a real pleasure and I would definitely turn to Skillsearch to help me in the future, as either an employer or candidate. Thanks!

Antony Woods, Software Development Engineer | Simworx

Skillsearch has been a great help in finding and securing my position at GTI. They were brilliant for advice and that meant the whole application and interview process went very smoothly for me, and ultimately ended with me getting the job.

Toby New, Developer | GTI

Giles and the Sillsearch team exceptional recruiters, on multiple occasions he has delivered more potential hires (high quality relevant candidates) to interview than any other tech agency I have worked with. I especially appreciate his capacity to understand our need, and adjust as the process moves forward, with minimal need for how intervention.

Gil Teixeira, Head of Production | Arkavis Siam Co. | Bangkok, Thailand

We have worked with the Skillsearch team for almost three years now as our only recruitment supplier, and with great success supplying staff across all disciplines. They are the only agency that seem to truly understand the interactive space and have a genuinely broad network within it! It is also always a nice touch when we bump into the Skillsearch team sponsoring and attending various social events surrounding cutting edge technologies. Highly recommended!!

Daniel Cheetham, Head of Interactive | Happy Finish

Through my work at Unity Technologies, and as organiser of the London Unity Usergroup, I have a very close connection with Unity developers throughout the UK. A common theme amongst Unity developers is a call for Unity jobs. On the flip side to this, I visit many studios that are looking for Unity developers to fill vital positions for the development of exciting new projects. It was clear that communication between individual developers and studios needed improving. It's great that Skillsearch have taken the initiative and are focussing on improving the communication between Unity developers and studios.

Russ Morris, Product Evangelist | Unity Technologies

Skillsearch work in a very unique way compared to many recruitment companies in the industry. They take the time to understand the candidates and through this have developed a strong network, certainly everyone I have worked with speaks of them very highly. They have put me forward for roles only where there is a good match in skills, so taking the time to understand the in depth roles they fill. Which is echoed in the comments from the companies I have worked for. The proof of this is the contract and a permanent role that they have placed me in, during which time they always act with the utmost professionalism. I look forward to working with them again.

Senior Cognos Consultant

I have worked with Skillsearch for the duration of my project on a number of recruitment opportunities. Skillsearch offer a professional and collaborative service providing a quick turn around with quality resource. When defining a resource requirement, Skillsearch worked with me to ensure they understood the full requirements and thus eliminated the submission of inappropriate type candidates. I would gladly use Skillsearch for future resource requirements, knowing that their professional, collaborative and honest approach ensures that a good working relationship is created.

Stuart Entwistle, Global Payroll Project Manager

I think it's not an understatement to say, I would still be looking for new opportunities without Skillsearch’s help and determination. Their relentless pursuit of my interests with employers never kept me far from their attentions. This led to the lining up of several interviews within days of making contact with Skillsearch. Not only were they quick in finding interviews, but the suitability was spot on. They matched both mine and my employers requirements so well that after my first interview I landed a role. I'd barely made it to the train station on my way home as I was receiving an excited call giving me the good news. The friendliness and the genuine care they had for my success was unmatched from other recruiters I had tried. I can't recommend Skillsearch enough!

Adrian Walton, Senior Game Designer | DR Studios

Giles is the best recruiter I had the pleasure to work with. He is very talented and has all the good contacts, he also is unstoppable, once he finds out what you are looking for, he won't rest until he delivers. Thanks again for helping me finding my dream job

Caina Leao, Senior Flash Developer | Endemol UK Limited