You can’t get the job without the experience but you can’t get the experience without the job – is a challenge you will meet at every step of your career, whether you’re trying to break into the work force or you are vying for a promotion.
It’s particularly painful for recent graduates who may also lack the understanding of the video games industry to find creative and alternative solutions to the problem.
Everyone in the video games industry (including myself) started without any experience so there are obviously ways to get around this, but hiring managers can make it very difficult. Very often, getting an interview without prior industry experience is down to personal connections or desperation (if the company can’t afford to pay for experienced candidates). Neither of these are bad, but they don’t happen often enough to be part of a winning strategy.
This book explains the problem faced by hiring managers to help you understand what you are up against, and it gives you detailed instructions on what you need to do in order get hiring managers to focus on your skillset - and give you a chance at an interview like any other candidate.
While your suitability for the job is a point of discussion between you and the hiring manager, what I want to do is get you to have that discussion, to get you the interview – and you can take it from there.