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Skillsearch at GDC 2018 Careers Advice

Skillsearch at GDC 2018

Skillsearch are at GDC 2018, and we're bringing along a couple of things you'll definitely want to hear about! Take a look at why you should find us

Remote workers: A Born Again Trend? Careers Advice

Remote workers: A Born Again Trend?

Are we dismissing remote work out of hand without really weighing up the positives and the negatives? Or is this genuinely an inconceivable option for the vast majority of studios?

Graduate Scheme Insights: Creative Assembly Careers Advice

Graduate Scheme Insights: Creative Assembly

Skillsearch speaks with the studio behind the classic Total War series and survival horror Alien: Isolation to get their valuable insight into what it takes to qualify for their innovative graduate scheme.

Writing the Ideal CV for the Games Industry Careers Advice

Writing the Ideal CV for the Games Industry

Drawing on five years’ experience partnering with some of the biggest, smallest and most interesting Games & Interactive studios in the world, our manager Giles notes down his best tips on what you can do to get noticed in the games industry.

Workday: Sticking to its Game Plan Careers Advice

Workday: Sticking to its Game Plan

Over the past few months, Workday has continued to add new functionality to its products while consolidating its business operations; Skillsearch’s Workday specialist Adam Leaver examines what the recent developments mean for contractors working within the Goliath’s ecosystem.

Game Development: Graduates Not Welcome? Careers Advice

Game Development: Graduates Not Welcome?

A recent survey has revealed that work placement opportunities at game devs are at worryingly low levels; Skillsearch’s Games & Interactive Manager Giles Fenwick examines the key issues that are preventing the next generation of talent from getting a foothold in the games industry.   It’s a genuinely eye-opening stat for anybody reading Creative Skillset’s ‘Workforce Survey […] The post Game Development: Graduates Not Welcome? appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

Mobile Salary & Satisfaction Survey Careers Advice

Mobile Salary & Satisfaction Survey

We have recently conducted a Salary and Satisfaction Survey across the Mobile Industry and are pleased to be able to publish the results. The post Mobile Salary & Satisfaction Survey appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

A View on Indie Development from the Inside… Careers Advice

A View on Indie Development from the Inside…

    A View on Indie Development from the Inside… By Guy DeRosa The games industry is packed with developers interested in making a jump over to indie development, but where to start, and how do the successful ones do what they do?  Skillsearch Games & Interactive Recruitment sits down with the co-founder of Just […] The post A View on Indie Development from the Inside… appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

So, you want to be a Unity Freelancer? Careers Advice

So, you want to be a Unity Freelancer?

    Skillsearch Digital are the only recruitment agency which specialises in providing games & interactive studios worldwide with experts in the industry’s most dynamic development engine: Unity3D (… Cue heated debate with UE4 enthusiasts)

Negotiate A Better Salary With One Simple Technique Careers Advice

Negotiate A Better Salary With One Simple Technique

Negotiate A Better Salary With One Simple Technique After 20 years of working in recruitment there is a fundamental truth when it comes to negotiating a salary – the client always wants to negotiate at the point of making a formal offer. With more and more clients preferring to negotiate direct with the candidate at […] The post Negotiate A Better Salary With One Simple Technique appeared first on Skillsearch Technology.

Negotiate A Better Salary With One Simple Technique Careers Advice

Negotiate A Better Salary With One Simple Technique

After 20 years of working in recruitment there is a fundamental truth when it comes to negotiating a salary – the client always wants to negotiate at the point of making a formal offer. With more and more clients preferring to negotiate direct with the candidate at offer stage it can put the jobseeker in […] The post Negotiate A Better Salary With One Simple Technique appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

6 Best Practice Tips for Smart Watch Developers Careers Advice

6 Best Practice Tips for Smart Watch Developers

6 Best Practice Tips for Smart Watch Developers The tech giant’s latest addition to its family was launched at the end of April and according to CEO Tim Cook is proving to be a massive hit with developers. But what key design guidelines should devs practise to ensure their Watch apps are hitting the mark? […] The post 6 Best Practice Tips for Smart Watch Developers appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

Time – The biggest Challenge to Bringing on Talent Careers Advice

Time – The biggest Challenge to Bringing on Talent

Time – The biggest Challenge to Bringing on Talent   Imagine dating. You’ve met someone, been out a few times, and you like them. You like them enough to view it as more than a fling – this is someone you can see yourself in a long term relationship with. Perhaps they are even “ […] The post Time – The biggest Challenge to Bringing on Talent appeared first on Skillsearch Technology.

CRM Rollout: How To Avoid Implementation Failure Careers Advice

CRM Rollout: How To Avoid Implementation Failure

CRM Rollout: How To Avoid Implementation Failure The benefits of a successfully implemented CRM platform are well-documented but to achieve them, companies must first consider their rollout strategy – and who will be responsible for creating and implementing it. When implemented correctly, a CRM system can transform a business and how it operates. It has the […] The post CRM Rollout: How To Avoid Implementation Failure appeared first on Skillsearch Technology.

Staff Retention: Game Development’s Biggest Issue by Giles Fenwick Careers Advice

Staff Retention: Game Development’s Biggest Issue by Giles Fenwick

Committed, talented employees are the lifeblood of any game developer, so ensure you’re creating the best possible environment to retain them – or run the risk of losing key staff to your competitors.   Staff retention is a critical issue for any industry as companies vie to secure the best possible talent for their projects. But […] The post Staff Retention: Game Development’s Biggest Issue by Giles Fenwick appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

5 Ways to Help You Get a Job in the Games Industry Careers Advice

5 Ways to Help You Get a Job in the Games Industry

As a Recruitment Agent I often find myself discussing how different the computer games industry is to recruit for versus any other. That’s extremely fortunate as I don’t think the other industries would tolerate me, and perhaps vice-versa (potentially because when I typed the word ‘versus’ I experienced an uncontrollable urge to shout “FIGHT” in […] The post 5 Ways to Help You Get a Job in the Games Industry appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Accept a Counter Offer Careers Advice

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Accept a Counter Offer

In 2014 after a decade in recruitment, my candidates received more counter offers to stay than in any previous year in the industry and it looks like the trend is set to continue this year. I believe there is a famous statistic that 90% of candidates still leave employment after accepting a counter offer in […] The post 5 Reasons Why You Should Never Accept a Counter Offer appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Accept a Counter Offer Careers Advice

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Accept a Counter Offer

In 2014 after a decade in recruitment, my candidates received more counter offers to stay than in any previous year in the industry and it looks like the trend is set to continue this year. I believe there is a famous statistic that 90% of candidates still leave employment after accepting a counter offer in […] The post 5 Reasons Why You Should Never Accept a Counter Offer appeared first on Skillsearch Technology.

I met Giles and Guy at Develop and in the months since the event, Skillsearch has visited the campus on two occasions and worked with our students collectively and individually on improving their CVs and what goes into making a good portfolio. Our students respond well to their positive energy and encouragement, and their passion for games development. Giles and Guy are mad for Unity and because of them, I have encouraged all our games students to become proficient on the engine, and pushed the business case for the university purchasing 20UnityPro licenses. And, best of all, Giles and Guy do what it says on the tin – find our students jobs in games.

Hope Caton, Lecturer, Games Technology Leader | inKUbator

Skillsearch work in a very unique way compared to many recruitment companies in the industry. They take the time to understand the candidates and through this have developed a strong network, certainly everyone I have worked with speaks of them very highly. They have put me forward for roles only where there is a good match in skills, so taking the time to understand the in depth roles they fill. Which is echoed in the comments from the companies I have worked for. The proof of this is the contract and a permanent role that they have placed me in, during which time they always act with the utmost professionalism. I look forward to working with them again.

Senior Cognos Consultant

Skillsearch helped me find my first contracting role in BI. They were very polite, helpful and enthusiastic. They found a very good position for someone with my skills and I was placed immediately. A wholly enjoyable job finding experience and I would definitely recommend Skillsearch to any skilled data analyst.

Data Analyst Candidate

We have worked with the Skillsearch team for almost three years now as our only recruitment supplier, and with great success supplying staff across all disciplines. They are the only agency that seem to truly understand the interactive space and have a genuinely broad network within it! It is also always a nice touch when we bump into the Skillsearch team sponsoring and attending various social events surrounding cutting edge technologies. Highly recommended!!

Daniel Cheetham, Head of Interactive | Happy Finish

Giles and the Skillsearch team are unbelievably helpful and accommodating, even in the face of last minute requests and difficult-to-fill roles. Highly recommended.

Tom Page, Studio Director | PLA Studios

The folks at Skillsearch are all you could ask for in a recruitment agency: polite, enthusiastic and thorough. Working with Giles, Guy and Katie has been a real pleasure and I would definitely turn to Skillsearch to help me in the future, as either an employer or candidate. Thanks!

Antony Woods, Software Development Engineer | Simworx

The Skillsearch team did a fantastic job and were a real pleasure to work with. Their in-depth knowledge of the employers they work with, their recruiting processes and key staff was a real boon in both finding the right position and the subsequent application. Having worked with Skillsearch both as an employer and as a candidate I would thoroughly recommend them as being among the best in the industry.

Dan Borthwick, Mobile Technical lead | King

Giles and the team recently helped me find the perfect role in central Brighton. Whilst working with him I was highly impressed with his knowledge of the industry, diligence and professionalism. A cut above many other recruiters I've worked with; every step of the way he showed an impeccable understanding of my skills and requirements and was able to leverage his contacts to find the perfect match in no time at all. I won't hesitate to recommend Skillsearch to my friends and colleagues in the future.

Pete Gunter, Senior Developer | Mediatonic

Through my work at Unity Technologies, and as organiser of the London Unity Usergroup, I have a very close connection with Unity developers throughout the UK. A common theme amongst Unity developers is a call for Unity jobs. On the flip side to this, I visit many studios that are looking for Unity developers to fill vital positions for the development of exciting new projects. It was clear that communication between individual developers and studios needed improving. It's great that Skillsearch have taken the initiative and are focussing on improving the communication between Unity developers and studios.

Russ Morris, Product Evangelist | Unity Technologies

Giles and the Sillsearch team exceptional recruiters, on multiple occasions he has delivered more potential hires (high quality relevant candidates) to interview than any other tech agency I have worked with. I especially appreciate his capacity to understand our need, and adjust as the process moves forward, with minimal need for how intervention.

Gil Teixeira, Head of Production | Arkavis Siam Co. | Bangkok, Thailand