Hey there, folks: IGDA Seattle has had some recruiters and members of the local game development community contact us with resources to help you through this period of reductions and layoffs we seem to be experiencing. We’ve compiled the information into a few sections below. We hope this is helpful to you in your search, and we wish you the best as you move forward.
Please contact us if these help, you want to add to the list, or if you’d like to speak to the chapter board.
Karen Rice at Mainz Brady Group, Inc. reached out with:
Do you have a few years of experience working on PC or console games? Do you have a passion for FPS and Action Games?
If so, let’s connect!
• 2 years of experience working on PC or console games
• At least 1 shipped PC or console game
• Previous work with large scaled engines (Unreal or other)
• Understanding of game development lifecycle and process
• Strong applied C++ programming experience
• Create clean, efficient, and well tested code
• Experience with Unreal Engine programming
• Create technical specifications for gameplay systems
• Analyze, organize, and optimize code
• Work with our designers to design and implement various gameplay systems
Are you available? I would love to hear from you today!
Please send your most current resume to Karen @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Margaret Walker reached out to IGDA Seattle with this laundry list of resources. FYI: Mary is a charter member of the IGDA – badge #1992-15, the 15th member to join the organization.
Layoffs & Getting New Jobs – NO FEE TO COMPANY OR TO CANDIDATE – WE HAVE A DIRECT PATH IN TO ALL COMPANIES HR and HIRING MANAGERS.
Earlier this year, I helped The Amazing Society and Zipper Interactive with their layoffs and quite a few people were picked up by local companies as a result of our direct connection.
1. Please have any and all layoffs wanting help with their job search to send their resumes to email@example.com as quickly as possible with COMPANY NAME clearly marked in the subject line.
Each resume should be named LastNameFirstNameResume.doc or .pdf.
We are going to be helping three different companies at the same time with layoffs so it is necessary for them to put their company name in the subject line. The more people in the folders the more thoroughly the HR and Hiring Managers are compelled to look at all resumes.
2. We will send a direct email to all of the hiring managers in the local area, and then, in a week or so, we will share the info to a wider audience geographical HR and Hiring Manager group. We know you don’t want to lose people from the area (and they don’t want to move), which is why we hit the local area first.
3. Each Hiring Manager or HR Rep will receive a direct email with a link to folders for all of the resumes and project charts submitted to us. The email will clearly state that we are doing outplacement for PopCap. We will, of course, make it clear to all hiring managers that there is no payment to us for hiring any of these candidates so that they can look at the resumes and reach out directly to each person that interests them. They will be familiar with this process.
4. This is a free service on both ends with no obligation from anyone. Each person should have all of their contact info on their resume to be reached directly by a potential employer.
5. I am also communicating with all of the HR people at each company having layoffs, and they are happy that their people are being helped.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: Please make sure that everyone understands that we are putting their resumes in a folder for hiring managers to review and hopefully hire. We are quite happy to perform this service for the individuals and for the industry.
HOWEVER, what we are unable to do is to respond to direct questions, review resumes, discuss goals, etc. (All of those questions may still be sent, but I can’t guarantee a timely answer.) If job seekers really need that kind of help, we have a free downloadable resume format, and we offer all of those services on our website. Hopefully, everyone will understand that we have work to do with clients filling retained positions, but the process we have laid out takes almost no time at all.
This page has general advice and direct access to our downloadable resume format and project chart: http://www.mary-margaret.com/career-consulting-services/
All My Best!! M&M
Neiha Arora at Aquent is looking for Animators, UI Developers, Level Designers and 3D artists. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Susannah Skerl from Eastside Games and Vancouver ACM SIGGRAPH also reached out with these tips and resources:
I think the big thing is networking and making sure they have a professional website with work samples. Not sure what disciplines got laid off, but there are big companies coming to Vancouver, and they’ll need engineers here, at least.
I am friends with the guy starting the GREE office here, and I can always pass along CVs to him- they also have an office in the Bay area. If anyone wants to add me on LinkedIn, Facebook and network through me for new gigs, I am happy to connect with them.
Rodney Dolorin, a recruiter with Robert Half Technology, added that they’re seeking Game Devs for mobile app development roles. Feel free to contact him at:
Robert Half Technology
Epic Games has opened a Seattle Studio and they’re hiring!
Studios in the Seattle area:
Gamejobs.com jobs listings for Washington state:
Information on COBRA insurance: