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by Netraraj Pun
2 hours ago

Awesome. Really great tips for beginners like me to start working correctly.

Very interesting article, thanks for sharing!

astounding work there - hope someone important notices! I'm just jrpg fan. . . somebody needs to hire you!

GDC Survival Guide
14 March, 2018
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Are you attending this year’s GDC? Is this your first time? Check out an awesome guide by Mike Sellers with tips and tricks on visiting the event. The post is based on the author’s 21+ years of attending GDC and supplemented by many suggestions from others. This is especially useful for those going for the first time, so give it a look.

Here is a small piece of guide to get you interested: 

Before You Go

  • Set up meetings via email if possible
  • Reach out to people you’d like to meet with. Remember, you’re not asking for a job, just getting their advice on how to proceed in your career (this takes a lot of pressure off of them, and may make them more likely to meet with you).
  • Believe it or not, a lot of people are just getting their GDC schedules together now, so you’re not too late.

Research some of the companies you’re interested in before you go.

  • Find out what games they make so you can talk about it with some degree of knowledge (but don’t come off like a know-it-all)
  • Find out where they’re going to be at the job fair. Go there early to drop off your resume. Make good eye contact with the HR people
    • You should walk away knowing the color of their eyes (that’s how you know you’ve made good eye-contact).
    • The best swag is gone early

Get business cards

  • Simple, professional, lots of white space (on the back is fine) for others to write.
  • Get good quality card stock (not thin). Matte, not glossy.
  • Use vistaprint, overnight prints, or similar.

Make sure your LinkedIn listing and your portfolio are in good shape.

Refine and practice your elevator pitch – brief, high-level intro

  • For yourself: who are you, what do you do, what are you looking for?
  • For your game (“your game in a tweet”)

If you’re looking for a job, print off resumes (10+/day). Remember: 1 page per 10 years’ experience.

Mike Sellers 

Make sure to check out the full article here.

Source: Mike Sellers

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