Resources for helping game programmers find and get their dream job
Securing your first game programming position can be a daunting challenge even for the most skilled and knowledgeable students. Internships, portfolios, resumes, websites, programming tests, programming interviews, and even simply negotiating compensation are all new experiences for most. I’ve gathered links, references, and advice below to help you on the path.
Mark Zammuto’s website is a great place to get started learning about resume’s, cover letters, job searches, and preparing for an interview. It includes links to videos and templates. Champlain College students and alumni can even book an appointment to get one-on-one help.
Game Career Guide
The Game Career Guide is brought to you by UBM Tech, the same folks responsible for Gamasutra.com, the Game Developers Conference, and the GDC Vault. The focus of the Game Career Guide is to provide information to those starting their career in all fields of game development, although much of the content is focused on finding the right educational institution.
Creating a template that just replaces the company name will look pretty obvious and if not, it will be clear during the interview process if you’re not particularly excited about the position.
If not, then it is likely a trial position for entry-level employment and you should definitely go for it. Just make sure that after the trial period is over (usually 2-4 months) that you’re not hanging on indefinitely. If they don’t offer you a full-time employment at that point, then know you have some great experience to land your next job.
On the other hand, there may be possibilities of reaching a little farther than you might otherwise. Here are some examples of some cases it would be worth applying:
- a job asks for at least one shipped title and you’ve successfully placed a game title on a digital marketplace (like Steam Greenlight or XBLIG) or worked on a shipped title at the Emergent Media Center
- a job lists out ten requested skills or programming languages and you have all but one or two
- a job asks for one year of experience and you’ve had two 3-month long summer internships
- GameDevMap: Interactive map of game developers
- Resume and Portfolio Advice (PDF): 2012 presentation by Eidos Recruiters
- The Secret Language of Resumes from Mary-Margaret.com
- Status Chart: A New Resume for freelance and project based
- Status Chart: Direct Link