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How to network to progress your career during lockdown

11/06/20

The games industry is a very sociable business with expos, conferences, networking events and parties held throughout the year – great opportunities for networking and building your contacts whilst looking to progress your career.

Of course, the lockdown, travel restrictions and the ban on mass gatherings have meant that live events are on hold for the time being. But the games industry has responded brilliantly and swiftly, with virtual events such as PG Connects and the Careers Week we’re honoured to be part of, all offering good alternatives at this time. So, networking during lockdown is still possible. Here are some tips on doing it well…

Social Media
As a digital industry, the games industry is very active on social media. But before you dive in, firstly ensure that your profiles and bios are on point and portray you in the way you would like to be viewed by potential employers aswell as friends and relatives. 

There is more opportunity to ‘present’ yourself on LinkedIn, so use your page wisely. Include all relevant experience and skills, but keep it succinct and easy to read. Add endorsements and recommendations if you can – from Course Leaders, companies you’ve worked for, etc.

On LinkedIn and Facebook there are groups dedicated to games industry professionals. Check them out, ask to join the relevant ones and then spend some time watching the conversations. Look at the topics being discussed, the language and tone being used and if you have anything you’d like to add to the conversation, pop in and say hello, introducing yourself at the same time. Similarly, if you want to ask a question to the group, don’t be nervous. The industry is generally a very friendly place!

As we all know, Twitter can be a bit more of an interesting place! It’s much easier to ‘meet’ people as they don’t have to accept an invitation to connect, but be wary of being drawn into controversial debates - however strong your views are on a particular subject. Always be sure that if your comments and profiles are viewed by someone who doesn’t know you they reflect who you are and what you represent. It’s likely that when you apply for a new role someone will view your social footprint so make its something you’re proud of and not something that you regret. 

 

Virtual Events
There’s a multitude of events that are emerging that you can attend virtually. Some will require you to buy tickets, but often there are concessions for students and independent/sole developers. Keep an eye on the key trade media websites such as Gamesindustry.biz, MCV and Pocketgamer.biz for listings.

These virtual events are great for networking and will allow you to ‘meet’ and talk with new contacts. The same advice applies as it does for social media – ensure your avatar photo is appropriate and professional, introduce yourself and be polite.

Many of the virtual events also include a learning and development aspect, giving you the opportunity to learn new skills and tactics, or even take part in thought-provoking discussions.

We are all looking forward to the time when we can all get together again, network and celebrate the industry we love working in. But in the meantime, use this time to get to know more people, broaden your contacts and expand your career opportunities – virtually.

PG Connects Careers Week

Liz Prince from Amiqus will be speaking as part of the Best Practices for World Class Recruitment round table tomorrow morning (12th June) at 10am. Be sure to visit PG Connects and get involved.

 
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