6 Tips for Securing Your Next Job in the Video Game Industry
If you are a veteran looking for a career in the video game industry, then you’ve come to the right place. Our mission is to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment, and we know that veterans like you bring the experience and skillset to drive high impact performance in businesses like ours.
To help more military veterans join our ranks, we’ve just published our newly revised Veteran’s Guide to Activision Blizzard, which provides insider information to help you understand who we are, what we do, and how to join our team. Continue reading for our top six tips for landing your next job with Activision Blizzard, or skip to the bottom to download the full report.
We know veterans – you’re not just patriots, but essential contributors to our economy and society, and we’ve experienced this first-hand through our long-standing commitment to the veteran community.
For example, we support The Call of DutyTM Endowment, which funds the placement of Veterans into high-quality jobs. As of April 2021, we’ve worked with the Endowment to place over 85,000 Veterans into high quality jobs across the economy. We’ve also learned this through the Veterans Day of Service (VDOS), our company’s global volunteering event that gives back to local veteran communities across the globe. Last year, more than 1,000 employees participated in VDOS.
Through this commitment, we know that you bring leadership, loyalty, teamwork, resilience, technical acumen, and cross-cultural experience. Each of these attributes are critical to making our epic entertainment for the global player community we serve, which is why we want you to join our ranks. If you’re interested, follow these steps to help you land your next job working with us:
There are two broad career tracks at our company – Content Development and Business Operations (or corporate roles). This breakdown is analogous to maneuver and support, line and staff, or expeditionary and HQ. At Activision Blizzard, studios and operating units produce the game and media content while other parts of the company handle functions like marketing, finance, legal, IT, infrastructure, and support.
While we have Veterans in every area of Activision Blizzard, from entry level to senior executives (for example, our vice chairman is a Veteran of the Austrian military helicopter corps and our Chief Administrative Officer was a Ranger qualified U.S. Army infantry officer), we tend to see clusters of Veterans in the following areas:
Art programs can provide great training, but keep in mind that higher education art programs can fall in and out of favor depending on ebb and flow of their administrations and priorities. If you choose to attend an art program with the goal of working at Activision Blizzard, make sure that your program maintains contact with the Activision Blizzard Early Careers Recruiting Team. Doing this will ensure you’re on the right track and will expedite an interview/portfolio review upon completion of your program. (You can download our guide for a list of schools that we frequently work with.)
Also, as much as we value education, for some roles, our studios have hired self-taught talent without formal industry education because they exhibited truly exceptional skills through other companies, mods and/or portfolios.
Your resume represents you as a professional, and it is your primary tool for getting a foot in the door. It should be clear, straightforward, tailored, and comprehensive. Be proud of your military experience but highlight what is pertinent to the role you’re seeking. To be successful in breaking through recruiters, your relevant work experience must mirror the responsibilities and requirements in the job description. That’s why it's important to always customize your resume to each job you pursue.
If you’re not confident in the resume you have developed, don’t hesitate to take it to someone who can help. Throughout the country there are free resources to get help, and the Call of Duty Endowment will happily connect you with the best non-profits in the U.S. and UK that do this work.
If you’re interested in art or animation roles, we’ll want to see a portfolio of your work! We’re looking for anatomy, mood, and a strong perspective. Your artistry should also match the feel of the game you’re looking to be hired for (e.g., Call of Duty and World of Warcraft look and feel very different from an artistic perspective). To have the greatest impact, ensure that you edit your reel with the best examples of your work strategically placed at the start and the end as those are the areas that will have most impact.
A cover letter provides a voice to your resume. You can provide more context to your work history that may be misunderstood in a resume. If you have gaps in your employment (e.g., due to a reserve mobilization), changing careers, or relevant (but not recent) experience, then you should consider using a cover letter to provide context or share your current interests.
If the job description specifically requires the submission of a cover letter, use your cover letter purposefully to highlight your passion for the role or company that you might not be able to express in your resume. If the job description doesn’t ask for one, then you may only want to include one to explain any experience and background information about you that is relevant to the role but doesn’t fit into your resume.
When you interview with us, be prepared to speak in detail about your accomplishments and hard-won knowledge. We are interested in understanding not only your specific skill set, but how you execute those skills. We’ll dig into career decisions and your motivations for applying with us.
We appreciate it when you come prepared by researching us too. Come ready with a couple of questions that will clarify what the most successful people do here, where we see this position’s greatest impact, and perhaps the make-up of the team.
We’ve shared just some of the tips outlined in our latest Veteran’s Guide to Activision Blizzard. If you are looking for more information about our company, tips on how to design a knock-out resume, or help with reading a job description, then you should download and read the full guide here.
Of course, when you’re ready to pursue a career with us, then you can apply using the following sites: Activision Publishing, Blizzard Entertainment, King Digital, Activision Blizzard Consumer Products, and Activision Blizzard corporate roles.
Thank you for your service.