- Write Your Resume
- Build Your Portfolio
- Search for Jobs
- Apply and Interview
- After the Interview
- Relocate to a New City
So you’ve worked hard for months – maybe years – learning how to make games. You’ve got serious game dev skills under your belt, and whether you went to school or you’re self-taught, it’s finally time to start looking for a full-time job making games.
Congratulations, because all that hard work is about to pay off. You’re soooo close to becoming a professional game developer. (That’s got a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? “Professional game developer.”)
The only thing standing between you and a job making games, is writing a good resume. And building a portfolio. And applying for jobs… and doing all those interviews… Well, okay, I guess you’ve still got some work to do.
But you’re in luck, because what you see before you is the Internet’s most comprehensive guide to mastering your video game industry job search. The opportunities are out there, and I’m here to help you find them and make them yours.
You can thank me later, once you’ve been hired and your dream has become a reality at long last. Until then, check out the articles below to help you on your way.
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- How To Build a Great Resume for Games
This is your chance to make a great first impression on potential employers.
- Real Resume Examples That Worked
These 3 resumes got real people hired in the video game industry.
- How can I write an effective resume for a job in video games?
Podcast episode #24
- Build a Winning Art Portfolio
These 7 pro art portfolio examples will make your online art portfolio rock.
- Building Your Online Art Portfolio
Advice from a Game Art Director on building a strong online art portfolio and interview.
- Art Degree vs. Portfolio
How important is a degree vs a portfolio when applying for an art position?
- Video Game Graphics Programmer Portfolio
How can a video game programmer make an online portfolio that’s visually interesting?
- Video Game Job Search
Search for all game jobs using this job search aggregator service.
- How can I get an internship at a video game development studio?
Podcast episode #13
- Video Game Internships FAQ
Tips for getting your first game dev internship
- The best job websites to post your video game resume or CV
Podcast episode #11
- How can I tell if a video game jobs website is a scam?
5 tips to identify and avoid job site scams.
- Should I take a video game job I don’t want, just to get my foot in the door?
3 reasons why starting in a different job can boost your career.
- Are You Ready for All 3 Stages of Interviewing?
Find out what they are, why each one is important, and tips to ace them.
- Best Cities for Video Game Development Jobs
Why you should consider moving to a “game development hotbed” city.
- 7 Tips for Interviewing at a Video Game Company
What to do (and not do) to make it through your interview at a video game company.
- What to Wear to a Game Job Interview
Surprising tips on what to wear to your game job interview.
- Master Your Telephone Interview
Before your phone interview, update your phone skills in these 4 key areas.
- 5 Phone Interview Mistakes to Avoid
The fastest ways to fail your phone interview.
- Negotiate for a Higher Salary
Job offer? This is your chance to get more.
- Why the Recruiter Didn’t Call You Back
Why some companies delay, and how you can use it to your advantage.
- How To Cope With Job-Search Rejection
Turn rejection into a positive and keep your search moving forward.
- Top Cities for Video Game Development Jobs
When it comes to game development jobs, not all cities are created equal.
- How can I move to the United States to get a job in game development?
Ready for an international adventure? The U.S. has more game dev studios than anywhere else.
- If I land a game dev job in a new city, can I get help with moving costs?
Moving is expensive. Why not get help from your new employer?
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