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Carlos Gabriel Hasbun Comandari
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#15601 Question: How can I stand a chance when applying for jobs in the programming industry?
3 weeks, 6 days ago Edited by Carlos Gabriel Hasbun Comandari on June 21, 2018, 2:57 a.m.

Don't apply like the herd to Human Resources departments, but rather find out who the technical directors of the game companies you want go apply for are, search for their contact information and send them your résumé and cover letter. Also be willing to relocate to another country.

Another option is to start your own, small company, but in that case you would have to apply for loans or venture capital and be ready to take higher risks.

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Miles
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#15651 Question: How can I stand a chance when applying for jobs in the programming industry?
2 weeks, 5 days ago

Sorry to hijack your thread, but I'm wondering about a few things. A lot of people have suggested looking for jobs in other fields, which makes sense, but that makes me wonder - what other fields are game programming skills relevant in? When I look around for non-game-dev jobs, all I see is web dev, web dev, web dev, and more web dev. It's either making websites/web-app frontends, or programming server software, or both. There's a huge mismatch between the skills those jobs want (web languages/frameworks, network programming, database management, distributed programming, etc.) and the skills I actually have (low-level programming, optimization, graphics programming, etc.).

It's also extremely rare for me to find non-game-dev jobs that don't list a bachelor's degree as a hard requirement. I get the impression that I have no choice but to take on a mountain of student debt while spending years learning an entirely new technology stack I'm not interested in, just so I can work in a field I don't feel good about.

Is there an alternative? Somewhere I should be looking for work that I'm not already?