January 15th has been officially classified as Blue Monday 2024, said to be the most depressing day of the year. This date marks the moment when the holiday festivities have faded into distant memories, and New Year’s resolutions can begin to feel like burdens. However, rather than succumbing to the gloom, let’s turn the tables and make Blue Monday an opportunity for personal and professional growth. Liz Prince, Business Manager at our Corporate Ambassador Amiqus, offers some invaluable advice on how to seize the day and consider new career opportunities in 2024…
The phrase ‘New year, new job’ may sound like a cliché, but it holds truth. The dawn of a new year often motivates us to evaluate our professional and personal lives and contemplate making positive changes. This is particularly relevant in the games industry, which has seen its fair share of tumultuous months with redundancies and studio restructures, forcing many to search for new roles.
The good news is that despite the challenges, numerous game studios are actively hiring. However, in a competitive job market, it’s essential to stand out from the crowd. One common challenge, especially among women, is a lack of confidence in highlighting their accomplishments. So, let’s explore how to address this and boost your chances of landing your dream job.
The Women in Games Careers, Development & Networking Expo is an excellent opportunity to meet studios that are hiring, gain inspiration from other women in the industry, and build valuable connections through networking. The next event takes place on Thursday March 7th, it’s free to attend and the virtual nature of the event means that it’s accessible for all.
Craft an Outstanding CV
Your CV serves as your initial introduction to potential employers. In the games industry, creativity and innovation are highly prized, so use your CV to showcase your skills in these areas. Describe your responsibilities and achievements in previous roles, emphasising the skills you utilised. If you lack work experience, highlight relevant projects where you played a significant role, such as personal projects or participation in game jams. Don’t forget to include your contact information – a surprisingly common omission.
Craft a Tailored Cover Letter
Your cover letter or personal statement is a powerful tool to set yourself apart. Customise each one for the specific role and company you’re applying to. Research the company’s culture, mission, and recent projects. Explain why these resonate with you and how you can contribute to their success.
Emphasise Teamwork and Communication
In games development, collaboration with others is crucial. Showcase your teamwork and communication skills by highlighting experiences where you successfully worked within a team or even led one to achieve project goals.
Ace the Interview
Preparation is key when you land an interview. Stand out by demonstrating a deep understanding of the company, its games, audience, values, and competitors. Show that you’re not just interested in a job but in becoming an integral part of their studio.
During the interview, don’t shy away from asking insightful questions about their workflows, team dynamics, or upcoming projects. Dive into your role in past projects, emphasising the challenges you faced, how you overcame them, and the outcomes. Telling a compelling story will leave a lasting impression on the interviewer.
After the interview, send a brief thank-you note expressing your appreciation for the opportunity and continued interest in the role. This simple gesture will help you stay on the recruiter’s radar.
Remember, standing out among other candidates isn’t about being drastically different; it’s about authentically presenting yourself. Showcase your unique blend of experiences and skills that can enrich their team and contribute to their success. However, remember that the job search process is a two-way street. Evaluate whether the studio culture aligns with your aspirations, and ask questions throughout the process to ensure it’s the right fit for you.
So, this Blue Monday, instead of feeling down, take it as an opportunity to embark on a new chapter in your career. With the right mindset, preparation, and determination, you can turn this allegedly depressing day into the first step towards a brighter professional future.