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Old 10-03-2007, 04:00 PM   #1
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Hello,

I am a Game designer/ Level designer; I have a shipped AAA Title. I have a good portfolio and I also have some great references from leads at the company I was working at. I am also a graduate of the VFS game design program. I left my previous employer on very good terms due to our project completion.

I have been using my contacts and applying for many jobs in the Vancouver area and yet most companies won’t even email me back. I meet the requirements for many of the jobs and yet I still hear nothing. Some companies say they will get back to me in the future when more jobs open up. Even though they are posting jobs, which I am qualified for.

I was just wondering if this is common and if anyone else is having the same problems. Does anyone have any advise? I have been looking now for almost 3 months and I cannot wait much longer. Thanks!
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Old 10-04-2007, 09:39 PM   #2
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It can be hard to stomach, but it sounds like this process generally takes a bit of time. I don't have any experience with applying yet, but I have heard that getting accepted can be a lengthy process.
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Old 10-04-2007, 11:16 PM   #3
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I guess im just spoiled since I got my first design job a few weeks before I graduated. I still have a couple months before Im out of money,
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Old 10-09-2007, 07:15 AM   #4
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It's a tough economy no matter what field you're in. And especially in game design. Most VG companies get a dozen resumes a day of people wanting to break in. It's a hot field right now. Try to get to know a few of the guys there as well and keep working on your portfolio. And lots of companies have what are called "open positions". They keep posting jobs but aren't really hiring. It (A) makes the company look good, even if they're laying off and (B) there's always the chance some genius will come walking in through the door (aka John Romero). Also some HR Geek once told me that they need to post a certain number of jobs in a 12 month period due to some H1B visa program thing or such, so they really aren't hiring because they have some other reason to post jobs. AND THEN there's the ones who have too high of standards. They want all this experience, education, a PHD, etc. I know a guy who's been doing this for 10 years and even he wouldn't be qualified for some of these jobs. Sheesh. Either way, fun, fun, fun. Good luck.


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Old 10-11-2007, 03:53 AM   #5
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You may have already tried this, but have you checked out the IGDA chapter for your area? http://www.igda.org/vancouver/devlist.htm . It may be of some help.

Just out of curiosity, what AAA title did you ship?


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Old 10-11-2007, 09:20 PM   #6
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I have three interviews next weeks so things are looking up. All of a sudden I guess its getting hot.
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Old 10-28-2007, 05:03 PM   #7
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Thanks for the advise. I have just accepted an offer from a great innovative company. It is a game design position. It is a great opportunity and was my first choice for all the jobs I have seen.
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Old 10-29-2007, 10:40 AM   #8
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Congratulations. Hope it all works out for you.
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Old 10-30-2007, 11:01 AM   #9
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Glad it is working out for you but if they don't email you back within a week, use the phone and call them. Don't just rely on email, it is far too easy to ignore an email but not a phone call.
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Old 10-31-2007, 12:34 AM   #10
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I have already accepted an offer.
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