幫助你進入電子遊戲產業的5個建議

作者:Gerardo Garcia

這真的是一份夢想職業。或許你是一名程序員,美術師,聲音工程師,廣告人員,作家或設計師之類,而不管你的工作是什麼,致力於電子遊戲對於許多人來說都是一個夢想。

當你在這個產業獲得一份工作時有人可能會說:“你真幸運”。但是我並不相信運氣,我更相信機遇與機率。如果你真的想獲得這樣的工作你便可以通過各種方法去提高自己的機率。

通常當我發出招聘信息時總是能夠收到50到100份求職信息,但很遺憾我沒有那麼多時間一一面試這些應聘者,所以我只會選擇那些留給我最佳印象的人。而你肯定希望自己是這樣的人。

電子遊戲產業的競爭非常激烈,所以你必須努力去證明自己的價值(即使你剛剛起步),所以我將和你們分享可能毀掉你在此獲得工作的機遇的一些問題,你們應該努力避免這些問題:

1.什麼都能做,但卻什麼都不擅長

人們總是有這種錯誤想法,即如果自己的簡歷越長便越能吸引別人的注意。其實大多數情況下當我看到一份長達4頁的簡歷時,我會發現裏面的大多數信息都和我所招募的工作崗位不相干。或許你真的做了很多事,但如果Elon Musk(遊戲邦注:企業家同時也是SpaceX的共同創始人)能在一頁紙內講述自己的專業故事,你應該也可以。比起那些學了50門不同語言,軟件和引擎但卻不能專攻於其中一項的人來說,我更願意接受只會Unity的程序員。

你應該清楚你的簡歷必須足夠簡潔明朗能夠快速閱讀,這不僅是一種禮貌的表現也是一種有效率的做法(這能夠告訴對方你是一個能在較小的空間內傳達所有重要信息的人)。你何時讀幼兒園或初中是根本不重要的。你只要說明你的大學學位或所學課程(與工作相關)便足夠。

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Twinflames3(from gamasutra)

2.糟糕的描述

糟糕的描述方式有很多種,而最顯著的便是你的拼寫。糟糕的文本會讓人覺得你對這份工作不感興趣且讓人覺得你缺少專業性。

或許你不在意,但你使用的字體也很重要。可能有人跟你說過要避免使用Times New Roman或Comic Sans這兩種字體了,因爲這就相當於將求職信息呈現在一件夏威夷花T恤上。你應該選擇讓人舒服且容易閱讀的字體。像Georgia,Helvtica和Calibri都是很棒的選擇。

當你接到面試電話後,你應該準時參加面試並表現得足夠親友善。現在因爲我已經見過許多具有創造性且非常外向活潑的人,所以我對各種髮色,刺青,紋身等等已經見怪不怪了。但這卻不能成爲你邋里邋遢地去面試的藉口。

說話也是非常重要的一點。即使你回答不出一些問題也沒關係,但總是有很多人會抱怨自己之前的工作。爲什麼你就不能專注於一些好的東西呢?比如你將在這份新工作中獲得怎樣的成長,你可以帶給團隊什麼幫助等等。不要直接詢問薪酬,午休,假期等問題,招聘者自然會在該說的時候和你說這些事。

當我在面試一個新人時我經常會讓他們說說自己的缺點。通過這個問題我可以發現兩點:應聘者接受自己犯錯的能力以及糾正這些錯誤的能力。

3.未經篩選便將所有作品全盤呈現

不要將你做過的所有東西都呈現出去。在看完4頁內容後大多數人都會對你失去興趣。你必須記得,就像一部優秀的電影一樣:好東西總是要優先呈現。你必須總是問自己是否只添加了最出色的內容。如果你是一名插畫師,你就應該選擇自己最出色的畫,如果你是一名音樂師,你就應該選擇自己最出色的音樂,對於動畫師和作家來說亦是如此。如果你是一名程序員,你最好提供自己手上所擁有的原型架構(遊戲邦注:如果你已經創造了一款遊戲那就再好不過了!)。

如果可以直接在網上看到你的作品就再好不過了,而如果需要下載你也要確保其大小不要超過10兆或15兆。同樣你最好能通過博客,社交媒體等方式去分享並推廣自己的作品以提高曝光度並去吸引開發社區的注意。

4.不介紹自己

說“你好”是打破僵局最有效的方法。有些人發郵件只附上了自己的簡介或作品集但卻未說其它任何一句話。如此我怎麼知道我該僱傭你而不是其他人?不要害羞請勇敢地推銷自己。也不要說“我來這裏是未了學習”,而是換種說話如“因爲什麼所以我是有價值的。”避免使用像“我認爲”,“我想”,“或許”等短語,因爲這些都在說明你缺乏安全感。

這不僅是評估你的工作與經驗的一個標準,也是評估你作爲人類的標準。從中可以看出你爲人如何,是否講禮貌,是否有趣,是否具有創造性等等。當然了你也不要過度表現出自己的自信,不要太過魯莽也不要顯得自命不凡。你必須明確其中的基準並根據你所交流的不同對象進行調整,這也將引出我的最後一點內容。

5.不做任何功課

你至少要在谷歌上搜索你所聯繫的對象。如果那是一家公司,那就去了解該公司,比如他們喜歡什麼樣的內容,做過什麼,優缺點是什麼等等。當你基於同樣的文本內容給許多公司羣發送簡歷時,你更應該謹慎。因爲這會讓人覺得你不夠用心。你最好小心檢查是否將其它郵箱地址也暴露在抄送內容中。

去了解你所聯繫的人,但也避免變成一個不斷奉承的人,太多恭維會讓人覺得你很假。所以儘量表現的自然些,如果你是對方的粉絲也儘量說得隨意些,如果你不是對方的粉絲也不要假裝是。瞭解他們的業務範圍是最重要的。

但只有1/10的人會去做這件事,他們都不知道做好功課是非常加分的一點。

希望這些建議能夠幫助你獲得你真正想要的工作。雖然有些要點再顯著不過,但卻都是值得你牢記於心的。你應該始終專注於你想要的東西並努力去爭取。

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5 tips to get in the video game industry

by Gerardo Garcia

It’s a dream job. Maybe you’re a programmer, an artist, sound engineer, advertiser, writer, designer, etc. no matter the position, working in video games is a dream come true to a lot of people. It’s no wonder that when a job opens somewhere, a lot of people send job requests.

Some people may say that “you got lucky” when you land a job in the industry. Well, I don’t believe in luck, I believe in chances and odds. And there are somethings you can do (or don’t do) to increase your odds in order to get the job.

I usually get 50 to 100 requests whenever I post an offer, and sadly, I don’t have the time to personally interview every one of the applicants, so I only call those who make a great impression. You want to be one of those.

The video game industry is highly competitive, so you must prove your worth (even if you’re starting out), so here are a few of the most common mistakes preventing people from getting their dream jobs:

1 – Good for everything, excels at nothing

There’s a false misconception that a the longer the CV, the more impressive it will be. In most cases, when you see a 4 page long CV, most of it is filler or information that is really not important to the job you’re seeking. Maybe you’ve don a lot of things, but I’ll put it this way, if Elon Musk can tell his professional story in a single page, you can too. I’d prefer a good ol’ fashioned Unity programmer than someone who is learning 50 different languages, software and engines but can’t focus on a single one.

Bear in mind that your CV must also be read very quickly, and saving the person who’s doing it is not only polite, but pretty effective (it shows you can accurately convey a lot of information in very little space). Where you attended kindergarten or junior high is not really that important. Just your university degree or courses taken (relevant to the job) are more than enough.

2 – Bad Presentation

There are a lot of things that can be considered bad presentation, in written form, the most obvious one is your spelling. A poorly written text shows that there’s no interest and that you don’t consider yourself a professional.

You may not think of it, but the font you use is a pretty big deal. You may have been warned to avoid Times New Roman or Comic Sans (the equivalent of showing up to a job interview in a hawaiian shirt), and there’s a good reason. Pick nice and clear fonts that are pleasant and easy to read. Georgia, Helvetica and Calibri are nice and sure choices. So remember, no matter how much you love Undertale, avoid Comic Sans, Papyrus or Wingdings.

When you get called and finally get an interview, show up punctual and be nice. Now, I deal with a lot of pretty creative and outgoing people, so I get to see a lot of different colored hair, piercings, tattoos and I don’t have a problem with those. But that’s no excuse for showing up dressed innapropriately or having poor hygiene.

What you say it’s also really important. It’s not a big deal if you can’t answer some of the questions, but a lot of people tend to rant and complain about their last jobs. Why don’t you focus on the good things? How much you’ll grow with this new job, what great things you can bring to the team, etc. Quick tip: don’t be one of those who immediately asks about salary, lunch breaks, holidays, etc. That will come in their due time.

When I interview new people, I often like to ask them what’s their mayor flaw. With this question I seek to find out two things about the person: their capacity to own their mistakes and their ability to correct them.

3 – Not filtering your portfolio content

Don’t put everything you’ve ever done. After 4 pages, most people lose interest. Remember, like a good movie: the good stuff goes first. You must always ask yourself if your really putting only the best of the best. If you’re an illustrator, send your best pictures, if you’re a musician, send your best songs, the same goes for animators, writers, etc. If you’re a programmer, it’s always a good idea to provide a build of a prototype you have at hand (or if you already made a game, that’s even better!).

It’s preferable if your work is viewable online, and if it absolutely must be downloaded, don’t exceed a 10 or 15 mb limit. Also promote it and share it in blogs, social media, etc to get it exposure and get you noticed in the dev community.

Chrono Cross

Chrono Cross, an awesome game with to many bad characters, do you remember all of them?

4 – Not introducing yourself

“Hello” is one of the best ice breakers. Some people just send emails with their CVs or portfolios attached without saying a single thing. Why should I hire you and not other candidates? Don’t be shy and sell yourself. Don’t say “I come to learn”, change it to “I can be useful because of this and that”. Avoid phrases like “I think”, “I suppose”, “I may”, etc. those denote insecurity.

It’s not only your work and experience what’s being evaluated, it’s also YOU as a person. How nice you are, how polite, funny, creative, and all those things. Of course, don’t overstate the confidence, don’t be rude and don’t be smug. There’s a fine line that you must always keep in mind and it will depend a lot on who are you talking to, which brings me to the last point…

5 – Not doing your homework

At least google who you’re contacting. If it’s a company, learn about them, what they like, what they have done, the good, the bad, everything. When you send your CV to a lot of companies with the exact same text, they’re gonna notice. And this shows a lot of disdain and minimum effort. Just copy pastin’ those addresses into your CC it’s not gonna cut it.

Learn about the people you’re contacting, but don’t be an adulator. Too many compliments or flattery often come off as fake. Be natural, if you’re a fan, tell it casually, if not, you don’t have to lie about it. Knowing what they do is more than enough.

This step is only done by 1 out of 10 people, so doing your homework gives you a huge boost!

Hope this little tips help you to get that job you’ve always wanted. Some may be a bit obvious, but they’r important to always keep in mind. Focus on what you want and go for it. Do you have tips for other people? Have you done something different or have a funny story to share? Tell us all about it!(source:gamasutra