Gaming Jobs: Building your game development portfolio
Want to stand out in your search for gaming jobs? Working within gaming development, companies won’t only want to hear about your achievements. They will want to see a body of work that aligns with their own requirements. So, it’s time to work on your game development portfolio!
In today’s job search climate, recruiters and hiring managers will want to see a well-curated portfolio right at the start of the process. It will help them to immediately begin a shortlist of the most relevant candidates for the advertised position. If you’re not sending a portfolio, or it has been a while since you updated it, you are selling yourself short.
So, we want to share our quick wins for a stand out game development portfolio. As with any popular video game, you want to set the stage right away, capture the audience and show what you are made of!
Adapting to the audience
By now, you already know that each advert for gaming jobs will be different. While you will have plenty of technical know-how, one job spec might call for certain skills while another focuses on different areas. Quite simply, it will require you to dedicate good time to adapting the portfolio for each application. After all, they say job hunting is a role in itself.
The best place to start is to pinpoint the specific role or type of game development studio you aspire to join. With this, it will help you refine the portfolio in a more concise way. If there are certain technical skills that are absolutely essential, move these to the front of your portfolio. If a company really needs coding proficiency, they will want to see this right away.
Don’t forget, it’s not just about the technical requirements. Gaming is a dynamic industry, so companies will want to see evidence that you’re on top of industry trends. Demonstrate this knowledge or suggest ideas in line with upcoming trends. Finally, company culture matters – include a section about your overall work ethic and how your values align with the studio.
Showcasing your technical skills
This is a little obvious, we know – you don’t want to apply for a gaming job without a solid showcase of course! However, it is your chance to do things differently and stand out. You won’t need to list your proficiency in the likes of programming language, project source code and data structures. That is what your CV is for. Instead, show these skills of in exciting ways.
Bring your technical skills to life by incorporating interactive elements into your portfolio. If possible, embed playable demos or prototypes of your projects directly on your portfolio website. This provides recruiters with a hands-on experience, allowing them to interact with your work and gain a deeper understanding of your coding abilities.
For programmers, one of the most convincing ways to demonstrate your skills is by sharing snippets of your project source code. Create sections in your portfolio where you showcase snippets of code that highlight your successes.
Design and creativity – it’s not just about technical skills
The gaming industry is full of content and products. It means the gaming experience has to be memorable and visually captivating for audiences. If you’re a you’re a 3D artist, concept designer, or UI/UX specialist then your visual assets are your ticket to the next stage in the process. Present high-quality images, concept art, or screenshots that vividly demonstrate your design aesthetic.
Recruiters will also want to learn about your creative process, from concept to finished project. How do you approach a brief? How do you interpret this into stunning visuals or storytelling? The journey is just as important as the destination after all.
You also want this creativity and accessibility demonstrated in how you craft the portfolio. Make it eye-catching of course, but make sure the key skills and career successes are plain to see. It should be easy to navigate and also mobile friendly so that a wider audience can discover your talents.
This is your career story – be personal and provide commentary
It’s easy to get lost in the desire to really highlight the pinnacles of your career. It’s good to want to show this off, but it’s important to retain a personal touch when explaining your body of work. Your own personal anecdotes will provide a great commentary for your work while giving recruiters more insight about you. When talking about a specific project or demonstration, you shouldn’t shy away from talking about the challenges faced. We are human, so every project will come with obstacles. How you overcame these will catch the attention of the hiring team, showing your passion and dedication to the craft.