Total War developer Creative Assembly offers advice on how to impress future employees with that all-important CV – and the key mistakes you should avoid if you want to set yourself apart
At Creative Assembly, we have a constant inflow of CVs all day, every day.
However, when we see a fantastic CV highlighting a truly talented developer, it really stands out from the rest.
Our hiring managers always take the first look at the applications we receive. We keep it that way because they have the best possible handle on exactly the kind of person they want to see, but are also able to keep a watchful eye out for CVs with exceptional potential. They are always keen to find a superstar developer in the making.
So with that in mind, we have a few hints and tips direct from the team at CA.
Jonathan Court, senior producer on our console team, suggests a CV that is concise and easy to read is by far the best way to be noticed.
“Get to the point and show your most recent experience first,” he says.
“Call out key skills up-front so we can easily get you shortlisted.”
Tim Regel, development director for the Total War team, finds that those who include a concise cover letter can help him to find the right candidate.
“Applicants that have demonstrable, specific interests and present a suitable attitude for working at our company will really set themselves apart from others,” he recommends. “Show us what you have achieved, not just what you’ve worked on.”
A common mistake is in missing out or not sufficiently highlighting relevant experience that relates to the job description.
Making it clear that you suit the role reflecting the job description is crucial to being considered for the next stage.
Sophie Malik, one CA’s HR business partners, recently spent time giving advice to art graduates.
Sophie suggests that you “put your portfolio link front and centre”.
“A well-constructed CV and/or portfolio site with a strong personal statement can speak much louder than a minimalist CV and a long cover letter,” she states.
A QUESTION OF CHARACTER
We would also suggest graduates look to support their CV with extra achievements and activities, such as blog writing or getting involved in game jams.
Not only does this help improve game development skills and personal networking, but it also gives a great impression of the character and dedication that the candidate could bring to our studio.
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