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#1 K4nkur0u   Members   -  Reputation: 158

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 04:35 PM

http://www.ericmcconnell.com/

I am currently working in games for health (physical rehabilitation) and I am looking to make the leap to the industry as a designer. Can I get some feedback on my web portfolio and specifically:

Should I take anything out?
Am I missing something important?
Should my games have design docs with them?
Does it look really bad to have halfway finished projects on there?
etc.

Any feedback is greatly appreciated, thanks!

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#2 frob   Moderators   -  Reputation: 22736

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 09:21 AM

The web site is interesting.

I can't think of anything specific I would change, other than the "everybody is a critic" mentality. Overall it looks reasonable, the content is compelling, and nothing feels objectionable to me.



Even though the web site is great, the resume "Technology Summary" needs to be cleaned up.

Kill the "Technology Summary" section. Move the keywords into the "relevant experience" and "personal projects" section. That type of section is generally useless and may mean anything from being a language lawyer on one extreme to having just read a primer tutorial on the technology on the other extreme.

Move those keywords into the personal projects and experience sections.

I'm torn between if you should put the extra space in your experience (in which case you would move education to the bottom) or put the extra space in education by detailing some projects or master's thesis notes. I'm more interested in your projects, so I think I would add extra details that showed design details about the projects.


Your resume looks like you are applying for a programmer position. It does not look like a designer position. I think if you put the reclaimed 'technology summary' space into designer-specific details, it will be great.


Are you willing to move (on your own money, not relocation costs) ?

Check out my book, Game Development with Unity, aimed at beginners who want to build fun games fast.

Also check out my personal website at bryanwagstaff.com, where I write about assorted stuff.


#3 K4nkur0u   Members   -  Reputation: 158

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 11:03 AM

The web site is interesting.

I can't think of anything specific I would change, other than the "everybody is a critic" mentality. Overall it looks reasonable, the content is compelling, and nothing feels objectionable to me.



Even though the web site is great, the resume "Technology Summary" needs to be cleaned up.

Kill the "Technology Summary" section. Move the keywords into the "relevant experience" and "personal projects" section. That type of section is generally useless and may mean anything from being a language lawyer on one extreme to having just read a primer tutorial on the technology on the other extreme.

Move those keywords into the personal projects and experience sections.

I'm torn between if you should put the extra space in your experience (in which case you would move education to the bottom) or put the extra space in education by detailing some projects or master's thesis notes. I'm more interested in your projects, so I think I would add extra details that showed design details about the projects.


Your resume looks like you are applying for a programmer position. It does not look like a designer position. I think if you put the reclaimed 'technology summary' space into designer-specific details, it will be great.


Are you willing to move (on your own money, not relocation costs) ?

Thanks for the reply and advice!
Yes I'm willing to move on my own dime, should I also include that in my resume?

#4 Tom Sloper   Moderators   -  Reputation: 10160

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 11:33 AM

Yes I'm willing to move on my own dime, should I also include that in my resume?


You may not even get an interview, if you aren't local. "Location, location, location."
Read these:
http://www.igda.org/games-game-march-2010
http://sloperama.com/advice/lesson27.htm

-- Tom Sloper
Sloperama Productions
Making games fun and getting them done.
www.sloperama.com

Please do not PM me. My email address is easy to find, but note that I do not give private advice.




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