Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Game Tester Job Openings

Prior to starting to enquire about game tester job openings, take a moment to confirm your r?sum? is up to date and suitable for the kind of work you are investigating.

There is a lot of debate on how to prepare a perfect r?sum?, but here are a few things to keep in mind when building a r?sum? to be used when investigating game tester job openings:
If you like playing games, drop it in! Don't ramble on about it though. A couple of sentences under "free time" is probably enough. Maybe mention your favourite game and give an explanation of why you like it.
Include your previous jobs. This is typical practice when making a CV, but I'm acknowledging it now as if you have no
actual experience as a game tester or have never been employed in the technology sector, you're going to have to be prepared to
explain why you're adjusting career path.
Include any programming or design skills you may have, as progr
ammers and designers are likely to be seen as excellent candidates (as they're likely to be acquainted with finding problems). A portfolio is always a good idea.

Are you willing to relocate?

Sometimes game tester positions will give permission to you to work from home if you have the correct equipment, which is an awesome gig if you can acquire it!
However, a considerable amount of positions will require you to be at their premises for testing, so you need to decide on where you'd be prepared to travel to.

Large towns are likely to have game tester job opportunities available, so if you live nearby one you may not have to commute that far to find work.

On the flip side, if you live in the countryside or anywhere without a growing information
industry, you may have to commute a fair distance to any place of work, or think about relocating if you are offered a position.
Seeking positions

Now is the tricky stage; actually finding positions to apply to.

There are a few ways you could hunt for jobs as a game tester:

Research gaming businesses within the towns you are willing to work. Make a list of them, and check out their websites to see if they have any positions available. If they do, apply for positions you have the skills for. If not, see if you can find out if they accept covering letters/CVs/r?sum?s anyway.
Scout online job boards, upload your CV/r?sum? and specify what type of game tester opportunities you are searching for. Set up email alerts for searches that match what jobs you are after.

Getting an interview and the position

Now that you've surely found some positions or businesses to enquire to, it's time to try and score an interview, and hopefully a job.

Before applying for each position, make sure you analyse each start-up thoroughly. Make certain you're not emailing covering letters to start-ups that specify not to do so!

In your covering letter,inform them about why you want to work for them specifically. Tell them about the talents you can bring into their start-up (don't lie!). Don't forget to include your CV and your contact information so they can follow up if they like you!


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