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Interactive Selection’s David Smith Speaks on Gender Diversity at Quo Vadis in Berlin, April 25

QVDoing games biz in Germany this week? Interactive Selection’s CEO David Smith will be speaking on gender diversity at the Quo Vadis games conference in Berlin on Thursday , April 25. David will share insight on how to recruit, retain and support the progression of women in the games industry. Other featured speakers at this year’s conference include Richard Garriott, aka Lord British and founder of Portalarium, Ed Fries with Microsoft Game Studios and Charles Cecil, founder of Revolution Software, amongst others.

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Interactive Selection is co-hosting the Game Portfolio & Interview Round-up with MassDigi and IGDA Becker College, April 19

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Game Portfolio & Interview Round-up is scheduled for Friday, April 19 at Becker College in Worcester, MA. Students from all over Massachusetts are joining working professionals in the games industry for a special day of portfolio reviews and mock interviews. Game designers and game artists from various MA-based game studios will review portfolios, provide advice and conduct mock interviews with students.  Review team includes game pros with current and prior game credits at Turbine, EA, Sony Online, Proletariat, Disruptor Beam, Fire Hose Games, Deejoban Games, Zynga Boston, Stomp Games, Giant Spacekat, Hitpoint Studios and Creat Studios. More info at: http://www.massdigi.org/events/game-portfolio-reviewmock-interview-round-up-april-1

Interactive Selection is now posting news and jobs updates on Facebook. Like us!

Like Us on facebookInteractive Selection is now posting news and jobs updates on a page on Facebook. To receive these updates in your Facebook timeline, you need to click that you “like us”. We already have feeds through the Linked In and Twitter but we don’t want Facebookers to miss out if this is how you to choose to keep up to date with what is happening in the world of global games recruitment and jobs. Try liking us today for the very best of news aimed at the busy Facebook audience. You can see all the current postings at http://www.facebook.com/Interactive.Selection

GameCareers.biz will be GDC in San Francisco 26-29 March to interview game industry leaders

GDC 2013 LogoWill you be at Game Developer Conference in San Francisco this year? It is not long now. Can Game Careers interview you in San Francisco for this leading career site? Join the likes of David Helgasson (CEO, Unity), Dan Pinchbeck (Creative Director, thechineseroom), Dave Ranyard (Studio Director, SCEE), Nils Holger-Henning (CCO, Bigpoint), Ana Kronschnabl (CEO, Fluffylogic), James Brooksby (CEO, doublesix), and 100 other senior game pros over the last 3 years who have already spoken about their career and how to get a job either at their companies or in the industry generally.

GameCareers.BIZ is a popular news site that has 30,000 visitors a month looking for information about careers in the games industry. The interview is on camera and should take no longer than 10 minutes of your time. This is PR opportunity and a chance to give back to those that have still to join our industry in the future. Please say that you are available for an interview? Contact David Smith or Fiona Cherbak from Interactive Selection if you are interested. We have a conference room at the Hotel Bijou, about 4 blocks from the Moscone.

David Smith to speak on gender equality at GIS Support Panel at Game Connection America

Games Industry Support PanelThe 6th edition of the Games Industry Support (GIS) Day is officially on at Game Connection America in San Francisco on Tuesday March 26th ! It will be a 2-hours meeting reserved for associations and association members only.  By banding together all related organizations in the industry, the GIS board will provide useful resources and information to better articulate, discuss and confront issues inside the interactive entertainment community.

Among the subjects to discuss at this meeting are  next-gen consoles, tax breaks (UK coming up), gender equality, academic research collaboration and fraud. David Smith, MD of Interactive Selection and Founder of Women in Games Jobs will be leading a discussion on gender equality in the games industry, a hot topic of debate. Other panellists include Per Strömbäck, Managing Director at Spelplan (Association of Swedish Game Developers), Ian Kelso, President & CEO Interactive Ontario and Mikko Kähärä, Head of ICT Growth Services at Cursor Oy.

 

 

Interactive Selection approved to participate in UK@GDC Showcase 25 March by UKTI

Interactive SelectionInteractive Selection will be joining a select group of UK game industry pioneers at the UK@GDC 2013: Showcase & Lunch on 25 March at Game Developer Conference in San Francisco , the world’s largest and longest running professionals-only game industry event. UK Trade and Investment invited the most promising UK exporters as participants to showcase their business to key decision makers from leading game Portals, Publishers, Distributors, Investors and Media, with the purpose of exploring market opportunities and crafting strategic relationships.

Interactive Selection is the world class executive search and recruitment specialist working only in games and interactive entertainment. Interactive Selection works with over 200 clients including Sony, UbiSoft, Activision, NCSoft, Disney, Epic, Codemasters, Eidos, 2K Games, Rockstar, Digital Chocolate, NaturalMotion, Gameloft, Havok, Rebellion, Blitz Games, Electronic Arts, Warner Bros, Rovio, CCP, and Unity 3D. Interactive Selection does not advertise its jobs in the trade press. Both clients and job seekers are attracted to the company by reputation and word of mouth.

Interactive Selection was short-listed for the prestigious TIGA Awards in 2012. The TIGA awards celebrate and honour the best games, the best people and the biggest contributors to the games sector. They highlight best practice and reward those in the industry contributing to its long-term innovation

In January 2013 Interactive Selection announced the opening of their new U.S. division, headed by senior game staffing professional, Fiona Cherbak. Cherbak will support the talent acquisition needs of current Interactive Selection clients, while identifying and driving new business and strategic partner relationships in the U.S. and Canada. She will provide career development opportunities for job candidates in the North American market, as well as in foreign territories. David Smith, managing director of Interactive Selection, states, “We already represent a global marketplace in the games space, but recognize the need to better support our existing clients by reaching out to a deeper community of qualified job candidates in North America. By establishing an on-the-ground presence there, we have access to a broad swath of both candidates and clients. And there was no question that Fiona Cherbak was the right person to put this objective in place for our firm. We are looking forward to having a bigger presence across the U.S. and Canada”

 

Interactive Selection welcomes Fiona Cherbak as Director of US Operations

Fiona CherbakInteractive Selection, the game industry’s first and only global game recruitment firm, today announced the opening of their new U.S. division, headed by senior game staffing professional, Fiona Cherbak.  Cherbak will be serving as Director of U.S. Operations for the agency.

Cherbak will support the talent acquisition needs of current Interactive Selection clients, while identifying and driving new business and strategic partner relationships in the U.S. and Canada. She will provide career development opportunities for job candidates in the North American market, as well as in foreign territories.

David Smith, managing director of Interactive Selection, states, “We already represent a global marketplace in the games space, but recognize the need to better support our existing clients by reaching out to a deeper community of qualified job candidates in North America. By establishing an on-the-ground presence there, we have access to a broad swath of both candidates and clients. And there was no question that Fiona Cherbak was the right person to put this objective in place for our firm. We are looking forward to having a bigger presence across the U.S. and Canada.”

Cherbak has worked in the games industry as a staffing professional for over 10 years, and previously as senior international recruiter for Disney Feature Animation.  She has developed and implemented candidate strategies and recruiting campaigns for a broad cross-section of top game clients such as Activision, Disney, Electronic Arts, LucasArts, NCsoft, Sony and THQ.  Cherbak has been a regular speaker at GDC’s Game Career Seminar series around the U.S., plus a five-year advisory board member and speaker at SXSW Screenburn/SXSW Interactive.

Cherbak is currently co-producer of Boston Festival of Indie Games, and has provided production and publicity support to indie game events IndieCade and Fantastic Arcade. She is former chairperson for IGDA Women in Games SIG, and a former committee chair for Women in Games International. She was previously Senior Staffing Specialist for Irrational Games and Senior Talent Acquisition Manager for Tencent Boston.

Based on a 16-year history serving over 200 clients around the world, Interactive Selection is a market-leading global search and recruitment company in games and interactive entertainment.  Based in London , and offering a network of offices to support the hiring needs of their diverse clientele, Interactive Selection develops and maintains a vast community of qualified candidates through its extensive online presence, including social media, news groups, bulletin boards and trade events.

Interactive Selection expands with representative office in USA.

Happy New Year from Interactive Selection!

We are pleased to announce that we will shortly be better positioned to find you North American staff as we open a representative US office in January. 2012 saw recovery continuing in the games recruiting market with activity levels 27% up on 2011. We helped clients find staff in 22 different countries – a truly “world class,” global operation.

If you or your HR/ recruiting team have not been in contact with us in recent months, please let us know about any critical roles that you need help with. We expect to be working on the most challenging assignments.

Interactive Selection is also expanding its recruiting team in 2013. If you know any games industry recruiters that would welcome the chance to work on the global stage, please contact us.

To work in the USA, most foreign nationals need a H1B visa but annual cap is only at 65000.

It takes 6-10 years to wait for an American “Green Card”. In the meantime, sponsoring games and other companies can apply for a H1B visa in behalf of foreign nationals wanting to make games in the USA. However, insurmountable problems now exist as only 65000 visas are issued each year compared to a US labour force of 154 million. You can catch up on the problems facing the Obama administration in this interview with Stuart Anderson on H1B Visas on C-Span Washington Journal. The career advice from Interactive Selection is to look at other locations like Canada as you simply will not get a US games company to put in for a H1B visa in the current climate. Talk to your Interactive Selection consultant to get all the advice.

Linda Carlson, Director of Global Community Relations for Sony Online Entertainment, talks to Game Careers

Linda Carlson, Director of Global Community Relations for Sony Online Entertainment, talks to David Smith of Interactive Selection and Game Careers at GDC Europe in Cologne. Linda has been involved in gaming since her very first, photocopied D&D manual arrived in the mail several decades ago. Over the years, she made the transition from tabletop to online to media to industry… and now serves as the Director of Global Community Relations at Sony Online Entertainment. SOE maintains over a dozen online titles, including EverQuest, EverQuest II, Star Wars Galaxies, Free Realms, Clone Wars Adventures and DC Universe Online. Whether delivering lectures at conventions, hosting SOE Webcasts as “Brasse,” (her garrulous Dwarven alter ego) or working on SOE Community Team projects, Linda is constantly inspired by the passion of the people who create and play games. “In no other field of endeavor do we see such rapid evolution of society, technology and communication,” she explains, “The gaming world is one incredible, organic social experiment, and I can hardly wait to see what’s next!” Her advice to those thinking of applying for a job with Sony Online:

“I warmly encourage anyone who is interested to contact me directly. In a nutshell, what we are looking for is passion because we are a company of gamers who make games. So passion for the product is very important, keeping in mind you may switch from product to product every year, but the joy of making things whether you are coming to the company as an accountant, or a public relations representative, or joining the community team, or if you come to us directly as a programmer or a developer of any type, we are looking for passion, so that’s the most important thing.

When you write a covering letter when you apply for a job make sure its not a farm letter, we have to know who your are. You have one chance to convey yourself, and if you blow that you are going to be lost in the sea of resumes we get. Make sure the resume is up to date and detailed. If you are coming from an artistic background or sound engineering or anything like that, make a portfolio and post it online, or if you are a programmer include examples of your code, post it online and give us the links so that we can review the cases easy for the people who are looking through 150 resumes to make yours stand out.

Understand as well that if you really want to get your foot in the door, one of the best passes to Sony Online Entertainment is to join our Quality Assurance or Customer Service teams. You start out at a fairly low wage, but it gives you direct access to everyone in the company and if you prove yourself there I can guarantee you your manager in CS or QA will recommend you for position when they come up.” See the full clip here: