Game developer skills

It can be a nerve-wracking experience to apply for your first job as a game designer. There can be so many fears that will float in your head. You may be worried your application will be overlooked and you may not be given a chance at all. Here are some tips you should consider to help make your application stand out above the rest.
• Make sure this is the right position or job for you. More often than not, people will just skim the job description that comes with the job posting. However, it’s important that you thoroughly read the description to see if you are the right candidate for this job. Don’t be that person who will talk about a skill that has nothing to do what the company is looking for. If you don’t have experience in a certain topic or area, then make sure your application points out how your past experiences will help you to quickly learn on the topic.
• Make sure your cover letter is impeccable. Before you even score an interview, your cover letter and application will be your first impression. Sometimes a cover letter may even convince an employer to look at an application that may be lacking in skills. Most strong cover letters convey your personality and most especially express why you want a career in a certain field (in your case it would be a game designer). Your main focus however, would be why you want this certain job and how you would be a great fit for the company.
• Don’t go overboard with displaying your passion. Every employer wants someone who is passionate about the job but there are people who can go overboard. Don’t agree with your potential employers just to get on their good side. Instead, you should express why game design is important to your life and how you truly wish to make it a career. You want to convey why you are passionate about being a game designer and why you are excited about the work you will be doing.
• Don’t bore your employer with every intricate detail of your past experiences. While you want to make a great impression and you want to make sure your potential employer knows you are capable of certain skills, you don’t want to go through every small detail of your past career experiences. List the important facts and explain why these skills would be ideal or useful for the current position you are applying for. Find a balance between being thorough and being concise.
• Know about the company you are applying for. Some people will go into an interview without researching any information about the company they are applying for. You don’t have to know their entire history, but you should know some basic information. Again this shows passion without overdoing. That being said, don’t go into the interview blurting out random facts about the company. If there is an opportunity to showcase what you know, then by all means take it. It’s especially important again to be enthusiastic without overdoing it.
Sources:
1. https://www.nyfa.edu/student-resources/apply-for-game-design-job/

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