Are you a die hard gamer? Do you spend hours a day building your guild in World of Warcraft? Maybe your more comfortable obliterating your hapless opponents in the latest version of Half-Life. Whatever your gaming passion, I’m sure at some point in the mind numbing process you have pondered the following thought. “Is their anyway that I could get paid to test unreleased games?” The answer to that question is yes you can! The next question is; are you prepared to chase down your dream or are you going to give up at the first rejection? You are the only person on earth that can answer this question.
As video games become more and more complex larger teams are required to put them together. Gaming companies are hiring more and more testers while joystick jockeys are lining up just to get their foot in the door. You will need to get your resume in order if you want to land an interview. The first thing you need to remember is that this is considered a professional job. Stay away from words and phrases that include ” man,dude, awesome and kick ass”.
Many companies will process resumes through a scanning system in order to log your personal data into their system. A basic resume built from a simple template will do just fine. You will just be wasting your time if you are considering doing a loud resume with cut outs and multicolored paper in order to get spotted. Items such as these will not get scanned and will end up on the scrap heap.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t let your heart and soul speak for you in your writing. Make sure that you do more than just talk about your love for video games. Be specific and tell them about your high level character in your favorite RPG or how you dominate your favorite FPS online. Describing in detail your obsession with a particular title certainly won’t hurt on your resume.
Here are a few more pointers to remember.
- Be sure to include the actual job title that is being offered by the gaming company. This goes back to what I mentioned about the scanning system the companies use. If your resume doesn’t include your keywords it may never see human eyes.
- Always try to fit your resume onto one page.
- Double and triple check your grammar and spelling. Have someone that is a grammar whiz look it over for you.