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  • Putting Together a Compelling Resume and Demo

    [07.11.05]
    - Robin McShaffry
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    If your employment history is not relevant to the game industry, it's okay to include it anyway, within reason. Employers want to see that you have been employed successfully and that you are a reliable worker. It's not necessary to go into a lot of detail about non-related job history, except where management and responsibility are concerned.

    Chart of Projects

    Once you have been in the industry for a few years, you will have a list of projects. These should be included either after the skills checklist or after the employment history. If your list of projects is long enough, you may want to include it as a separate document. Again, for the most punch, they should be bullet pointed, preferably with a single bullet point line for each project worked on. An effective format is: Title (Role) - Publisher/Developer (Platform). ["Die Commie Die" (Co-designer) - Great Games/Total Entertainment (PS2)]

    This is a great place to list out student games or mods. Make sure to discuss your contribution as well as what tools were used in the creation of your project. [Student Project "Die Commie Die" (Level Designer) - Unreal UT3 Technology, 3DStudio Max, Photoshop - 5 person team]

    Education

    If you have a degree that is of utmost importance to the job for which you are applying, you will want to emphasize that fact. If you are a recent graduate, you may even choose to put your education at the top of your resume. You do not need to include the dates of your degrees, academic honors (unless relevant to the position), or memberships in collegiate organizations.

    Attending a game-related school or achieving a game-related degree is a great way to front-load a lot of relevant training and experience to your career. No particular type of education is a guarantee of a game industry job, though. What you bring to the party -- your talent, your determination, your involvement -- is what gets you the job you are seeking.

    Other Relevant Experience

    This is where you can bullet point list things like being on a relevant board or committee.

    Omit items such as unrelated organizations and activities, publications and memberships, outside interests and anything else that does not directly relate to the job you seek.

    Finally, the most important thing to do before submitting a resume is proofread, proofread, proofread! Have a trusted friend (or several) read your resume and give you honest feedback. Never ever submit a resume with spelling errors. Always perform a virus check on any files you email.

     

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