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Getting Hired with a Personal Touch

David Ventura  (Creative Director / CEO, Ichigoichie)

Location: Room 215, South Hall

Date: Thursday, March 21

Time: 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Indie Games Summit Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Game Career Development, Production & Team Leadership

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

Getting hired is tough! Hiring is tough! The global pandemic and rise of AI has thrown even more roadblocks into the process of helping companies acquire new talent. There are lots of ways for your budding job application to die on the vine, and almost all of them are about communication. In this talk, a 15-year recruiting veteran takes you through the journey of getting employed, and the myriad of ways to turn off the hiring manager. Not only do they share what to avoid and how to impress, but they explore using empathy as a tool to form deeper connections and improve your professional standing.

The talk provides concrete examples taken from hundreds of anonymized job applications for programmers, artists, and managers at the entry and veteran levels, providing insight to how applications are received and opinions formed.


Attendees gain insight into how their application materials and interviews are received, along with a set of techniques to provide value in the hiring relationship. Communication as a skill in particular is examined, drawing from exercises in empathy and negotiation to help develop the ability of self-representation.

Intended Audience

The intended audience is developers looking to land a job in the industry and build a solid foundation in their next employment. The advice is inclined to first and second job seekers, but can be useful for anyone who is looking to diversify their career options through improved communication.

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