Thursday, July 13, 2006

Getting a games programming job - Tip 4 - Create a Website

I’ve eluded to this in earlier posts, but once you’ve written a demo or two, why not put them on a web page?

  • It shows you have the technical skills involved in building a web page.
  • It shows off your communication and presentation skills.
  • It makes your resume stand out, and be more memorable.
  • It increases the likelihood that you’ll spend your interview talking about your demos, which is better than answering questions you’ve never heard before.

Here are a couple of tips to bear in mind while making your site.

  • Keep it reasonably professional. We don’t need to know your 100 top films, see your family album, or follow links to your favourite comics.
  • Some words are good, but avoid big essays. Pictures and a few words are enough. We can ask for more details during the interview.
  • Use screen grabs and video as appropriate. It’s a lot easier for people to look at pictures or a video, than to download executables and struggle to get things to run. That said, if it’s a good demo, why not offer both pictures and a download.
  • Get your friends or perhaps teachers to look at the site and give feedback. As with your resume, it’s good to have a few people proof read it.

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