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Interactive Selection interviewed live on BBC News and featured in Edge Magazine

Can you think of 2 more prestigious institutions than the BBC and Edge Magazine? David Smith, MD of Interactive Selection, found himself live in front of BBC News anchors Simon McCoy and Carrie Gracie at 10.43 on September 21st for an interview about the games industry and the topic of start ups and jobs. For a full 3 minutes he fielded questions on the state of the games industry today, how it may fare providing new jobs moving forward and how the unemployed may want to find a job within computer games. For a more detailed report see the Games Job Blog.

On September 21st Edge Magazine’s feature Get into Games 2010 was published and David Smith again found himself the firts external recruiter to be interviewed in the history of Edge Magazine. You can click through to the full report: Get Into Games 2010: David Smith, Interactive Selection

2 questions about the role of the modern recruiter from the Edge interview are repeated here:

Edge: Thanks to things like forums, modding and trade shows, the game industry gets closer to its audience by the year. How does that affect the job of the recruiter?
David: You haven’t mentioned social networking, which is probably a bigger influence than the other three. Sites like LinkedIn are a godsend for internal recruiters in particular, as well as for people with their own LinkedIn profile who want to talk directly to employers. But in terms of the role of the recruiter – and yes, it’s changing all the time – I’d say that recruiters these days are much less a necessary middleman than a necessary guide or confidante, or even a trusted professional advisor. That can be for employers as well, not just jobseekers. We offer that extra bit of expertise in what is a very fast and changing market.

Edge: But aren’t developers trying to step into that mentor role themselves to an extent?
David: The difference between that and a jobseeker talking to a recruiter is that developers only have the one job to offer, which is with their particular company. Recruiters are paid to have a knowledge of the overall market and don’t just offer a portfolio of potential jobs – they can also talk to jobseekers on a job-by-job basis. If you’ve got a job with Quantic Dream, they’re not going to offer you a job at Ubisoft down the road – they’re interested in their immediate needs, so they’re never going to be able to offer the advice that we give, which is really to look after people over their whole career.

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EU - South Korea Free Trade agreement brings opportunities for games developers.

South Korea is home to 50 million people and is the world’s 13th largest economy. The EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement will liberalise goods tariffs and open up new business opportunities in areas including services, public procurement, intellectual property and sustainable development – and analysis suggests the UK could benefit by up to £500m. A new report “South Korea – Open for Business” produced by UK Trade & Investment lists 100 opportunities for UK companies in South Korea. 2 of the 100 projects relate to games. #58 talks about the joint development of gaming projects in Korea and the opportunity to jointly undertake R& D to provide expertise and technology and services. Reference is made to UK companies making training tools in healthcare, education, the military and teaching. Opportunity #59  talks about the South Korean skill base that can help develop gaming technolgu  in the UK with a suggestion that South Korean labour can travel to the UK  to work in the software and gaming sectors. Interactive Selection was present at the launch of this government initiative with David Smith listening to presentations from Sir David Wright – Chair of the Korean British Business Council,  Richard Lambert, CBI Director-General and Choo Kyu-ho, Korean Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Only Interactive Selection has the experience in providing staff to Korean companies and bring Korean developers to the UK and Europe.

The Korea-EU free trade agreement is Korea's biggest trade deal.

The Korea-EU free trade agreement is now the biggest trade deal that the country has ever concluded. For the European Union, the largest foreign investor in Korea, this is the first major trade deal with an Asian country. Trade negotiators from Korea and the EU traveled a long and bumpy road before reaching this final agreement.

10 Job Search tips from global games recruiter Interactive Selection

1. ALWAYS REGISTER WITH AT LEAST ONE AGENCY

You cannot know of all the vacancies that exist in the marketplace. It is our job to know. We don’t promise to know every one, but we do know of 95% and more importantly, we know exactly who to get your resume or CV to. Don’t assume that all resumes or CV’s sent to a company find their way to the right person’s desk.

2. SELECT YOUR AGENCY CAREFULLY

Who has given you a good service in the past? Which agencies have a good reputation and which ones have appalling reputations? Ask around. Study testimonials on site like LinkedIn.

3. BEWARE REGISTERING WITH MULTIPLE AGENCIES 

Candidates good at their jobs need only work with one agency (to help organise interviews for them). Candidates only average at their job should register with different agencies in different areas of expertise – they will need more help. Do NOT register with as many agencies as possible. Some companies reject resumes or CVs if received from more than one agency because they do not want to risk disputes with different agencies. Also individual recruitment consultants value the trust of exclusive relationships and will not spend as much time on candidates that they know have registered with multiple agencies.

4. PUT TOGETHER A PROFESSIONAL RESUME OR CV

Speed isn’t everything in finding your next job. Even top artists can design adisappointing resume or  CV. Get your agency to advise you on your resume or CV. They are probably writing resumes or CVs every day of the week and they know what makes a good one. You may only do it once every few years.

5. THINK ABOUT YOUR JOB HUNTING STRATEGY

Think about what you realistically want from your next job. Apply for jobs that you stand a chance of getting! A senior artist job in one company may be just as prestigious and well paid as a lead artist in another company. Be flexible about the location that you want to work in. Don’t rule out relocating for the right job. This is expected more and more.

6. COMMUNICATE YOUR STRATEGY TO YOUR AGENT AND MAKE SURE THEY FOLLOW IT

Discuss your strategy with your agent to make sure it is realistic. If it is, don’t let your agent send your resume or CV just anywhere. It may damage your credibility and could cost you your existing job!

7. KEEP A RECORD OF WHERE YOUR RESUME OR CV HAS BEEN SENT

By all means allow your agent a free hand in selecting companies for you – only if you want your agent to have this freedom. Remember that you will get a bad reputation in the marketplace (as well as the agent) if you resume or CV goes to a company that already knows you or which you subsequently have to disappoint.

8. TALK REGULARLY WITH YOUR AGENT

A good agent will always find time to talk to you. If they cannot take the call immediately, they should at least be able to return your call. The best agents are extremely busy and do not have the time for everyday chats, but they should be able to take a call every 2 weeks or so. Beware of agents that never return phone calls!

9. DONT TOLERATE POOR STANDARDS FROM A BAD AGENT!

Find a good agent and develop the relationship with him or her. If you hit a serious problem, you can terminate your relationship with an agent at any time, provided that you let them know of this, preferably in writing. You are the principal and they are working for you! Most agents are professional and doing their best. But don’t tolerate bad practice or sloppy behavior. Your reputation within the marketplace is at stake.

10. DON’T PANIC!

The economic climate is not good but it is improving slowly. There IS demand for game professionals provided you show a little flexibility in salary and location. Your time will come, so stay calm. A good agent will not stop working for you. You have someone looking after your interests. Work together and in 6 months time you will be wondering what all the fuss was about!

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