How to Find Game Development Jobs
There are many job boards and resources that you can access to find game development jobs. Some of the resources that will help you find your dream job are listed below:
Websites and Job Boards
To know the available job openings, check out the websites like Naukri, Gamasutra, LinkedIn and Indeed, and the International Game Developers Association.
Gamedevmap is a website that helps you find all the game development jobs in companies in a geographical location. It tells you the name of the company, gives a link to its website, and other details like type of company, city, state and country where it is located. This kind of search is useful if you are looking to work in a particular city. By clicking on the company’s name, the website of the company opens. You can go to the “Careers” page to look for job opening posted by them.
The job portals like Naukri, Gamasutra, LinkedIn, Indeed, Shine, Glassdoor also list jobs in gaming companies.
These websites give detailed job description, company information, and employee ratings.
You can use additional filters like date posted, industry, company and size of the company to narrow your search. Also, you can opt to receive job alerts from these websites regularly by email to keep track of the latest available employment opportunities.
Most companies hire through referrals. Therefore, it makes sense to build your professional network even while you are studying. Both your personal and professional networks help you find your dream job.
You can build your network when you participate in game jam competitions, alumni networks, and gaming forums. By attending these events and competitions, you meet and network with other game programmers, artists and game developers. You collaborate with other gaming enthusiasts to make games. Many of the indie game companies have started this way.
There are online and offline gaming forums. You can enrol and participate in these gaming forums. These gaming forums build gaming communities that help each other, share knowledge and discuss current trends in gaming.
An internship gives you first-hand experience of working in a company.
Most companies offer the full-time job to students who completed an internship at their organisation. Choosing your internship well and performing well during the internship will land you in a job at the company.
Read this article to know how to choose an internship in gaming.
In India, you can also network at industry events like game developer conference, game jam competitions, industry seminars, workshops.
Make friends with people in the industry by talking to people who do the same thing you want to do. These people will help you land a job in your favourite company.
The NASSCOM Game Developer Conference will be held in November in Hyderabad. Don’t miss the action here.
Use LinkedIn to build your professional network by connecting with people you met offline at industry events and conferences. You can add your portfolio and projects and seek recommendations from your other connections on LinkedIn. Your connections endorse your skills and expertise. LinkedIn is used by people throughout the world to find job opportunities and build a professional network.
You can also go to websites of game developers and indie game companies to check out job openings.
Though not a complete list, you can use it as a starting point to find your dream job.