GameJobHunter - personalize your application

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Hope all of you job hunters are enjoying this holiday weekend (if you're in the US, anyways). Here's
 

GameJobHunter

November 26 · Issue #13 · View online
Get ahead in your game industry job search. We follow all sorts of news and social sources to bring you leads and updates you might have missed.

Hope all of you job hunters are enjoying this holiday weekend (if you’re in the US, anyways). Here’s something to consider if you’ve been sending out loads of applications and not getting any results. It might be your approach - if you’re sending out the same form letter that’s slightly tweaked for every studio, it can show that you’re not giving each application the attention it deserves. Recruiters read cover letters all day. They can spot a form letter a mile away, and it’s a great way to get your application ignored. They’ve read sentences like this hundreds of times - “I believe my mix of skills and experience would make me a wonderful addition to YOUR COMPANY NAME.”
So on this long weekend, try something a little different. Pick a handful of companies, or better yet, pick just one. Spend a few hours researching the company. Read about the people who started it, download and play some of the games. If your budget is tight, find some Youtube videos of people playing the game. Note what you like about the game and what you don’t. Note what reviewers liked or didn’t like about the game, and how you might be able to help address some of those issues.
Once you’ve done your research, write a cover letter and send in your resume. It doesn’t have to be long, keep it short and to the point. But let your knowledge of the company shine through when you write it. That type of personal touch is far more likely to get you noticed by the recruiter. It’s no guarantee that it’ll get you hired, but it will put you in a better position to get a call or an email back, which is the primary goal when you’re sending in your resume.
As always, good luck on your job hunt, and enjoy the long weekend!

Spotted - Job Leads
We keep an eye on lots of sources for game leads so you don’t have to. Here’s some recent openings that we’ve spotted.
Owlchemy Labs
NCSOFT West
GameJobHunter on Twitter: "Looks like there are several paid internships available at @Arkadium right now - https://t.co/JsWAoovVGk"
Visual Concepts
Double Fine
Amazon Game Studios
inXile Entertainment
GameJobHunter on Twitter: "It’s not just Seattle - @epictalent is hiring at several of their locations: https://t.co/5wxwRKcfdo #gamejobs"
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