Jobs and Careers

Stop Stating the Obvious, and Make it Obvious!

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A good resume writer, like a skillful storyteller, knows when to leave something unsaid, but still communicate the idea effectively. He or she also knows how to avoid contradicting what was said with the way it was said. Position your resume a cut above the crowd by paying attention to what you can and should leave out. Far too many ... Read More »

You are a Free Agent and That’s Not Bad News

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Do you have a job, or do you have a career? If you work in the games industry, then you probably have a career. It is unlikely you are working in this industry by accident, or that you think of your life as a series of jobs. So if you have a career, are you managing it yourself? If you ... Read More »

LinkedIn Profiles – The Simple Stuff

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Have you checked to see how many profiles you have on LinkedIn? No, I’m not kidding. When I look up someone on LinkedIn and I find more than one profile, I learn a lot – and so does anyone who looks you up on LinkedIn. I have found two or more profiles for almost every type of professional on LinkedIn. ... Read More »

Navigating your Career – Anticipating Changes and Opportunities

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How should you prepare for a job search?  The best answer to this question is that you should already have all your bases covered. Being primed for a job search in the 21st century is a combination of increasing your value through growing a wider network, leveling up your skills and branding yourself with personal marketing. CREATE A ROUTINE You ... Read More »

Be the Teacher

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Be the Teacher By Ellen Beeman “Those who know, do. Those who understand, teach.” – Aristotle I’m a frequent guest lecturer at DigiPen Institute of Technology. I really enjoy lecturing for the college students, who are invariably bright, inquisitive, and fun to talk with. This, like mentoring, is part of my “pay it forward”. But part of the reason I’m ... Read More »

Layoff First Aid

With each round of layoffs, even after 18 years as a game industry recruiter, I can’t help but feel a sense of crisis. Because of this, I like to spread the word on the specific career help that Mary-Margaret Network can offer those affected: Anyone laid off can send an email to jobs@mary-margaret.com with the NAME OF COMPANY that laid ... Read More »

Send Your Resume, Don’t Hand It To Them

Or, How Not to Approach Potential Employers – Part Two It’s common knowledge that you don’t go anywhere without your business card, but what about resumes? I’ve seen countless hopefuls try to hand out printed copies of their resumes at conventions. Here’s why that’s a bad idea – why you shouldn’t be going anywhere with a stack (however small) of ... Read More »

Conversations Are Not About You

Or, How Not to Approach Potential Employers – Part One One of the most common mistakes people make when they meet a potential employer for the first time is talking too much about their own needs: “I’d need X to even consider working for you,” for example, is an immediate turn-off. You may indeed have such requirements in mind, but ... Read More »