Looking for a job (or a new job) in the industry at Game Developers Conference? In the latest Gamasutra feature, game HR veteran T.J. Summers pinpoints the key things
you can do to maximize your efficiency and accomplish your objectives at this year's show.
In this excerpt, Summers gives advice on how to "work the show," and "not let the show work you," saying attendees shouldn't be afraid to approach speakers before or after their sessions:
Attend as many of GDC sessions as possible that are within your scope of interest. GDC offers conference sessions with some of the best and brightest minds in the games business. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from those who are successful.
Introduce yourself to the speaker before or after the session. Generally speaking, game industry professionals are very approachable.
Remember that the spirit of GDC is designed to encourage learning and innovation via collaboration. Don't be intimidated to converse with the speakers, as they'll be willing to help when they can.
Don't sit at home! Attend Suite Night, The Career Pavilion Booth Crawl, company parties and other sponsored events. Take advantage of the opportunity to interact socially with industry professionals. The game industry employs some really cool people that like to have a good time. Get out there and have some fun.
Identify someone who is better connected than you, and hang out with that person. This will allow you to meet new people that could lead to a new step in your career.
You can now read the full feature
, with more from Summers on using GDC to maximize your job hunt.