How to Apply for a Video Game Job, by Naughty Dog
For Did You See This Wednesday, we’re talking about a subject that I know is near and dear to many of your hearts: applying for a job in the gaming industry, as brought to you by Naughty Dog. I resisted the urge to make a doggy style joke in the title, in case any of you are wondering. Puns!
Naughty Dog, creators of games such as Uncharted and the upcoming Last of Us, have released an amazingly helpful guide for game industry hopefuls. Resumes and Portfolios: The Naughty Dog Way breaks down what the developer expects to see from potential employees, including a list of what they like in a portfolio, and the kinds of qualities they’re looking for. In a beloved industry with a notably small pool hiring only the best talent, this kind of guide is more than welcome.
The most important thing you can learn from this list? Be yourself, highlight what makes you unique, and don’t be afraid to stand out. That sounds like simple advice, but when you think about how many talented people are applying for the same position, you have to be able to showcase how you are different from everyone else. A couple of excerpts I liked:
We prefer reels to be no more than 4 minutes in length. We strongly recommend putting your best work first, since (as they say) you only have one chance to make a first impression. Your reel and/or portfolio should give examples of your abilities and style – don’t be afraid to highlight what truly makes you shine! And please keep download sizes small so your reel loads quickly. Lastly, you should only include material that is approved for release.
So if any of you are looking to start careers in the games industry (and I know a great many of you are), hopefully this gives you some kind of a template for the future. I wish I had had something like this when I applied for some industry jobs in the past, rather than going with a standard cookie-cutter resume that I’ve sent out my whole life.
Have any of you been looking for a resource like this? What kinds of jobs are you looking for in the games industry and what places would you love to work?
Source – Naughty Dog