JOB HUNTING: EGGS AND BASKETS
When you’re searching for a job, keep an open mind during the process. Don’t keep all of your eggs in one basket, that is, don’t just follow one lead, hoping it will be the opportunity you want. Be smart: even though jobs can be tough to come by, the right candidate is a valuable thing to find. The more tied down you are to particular things, the harder it can be to find a position. For example, if you really want to live in a specific city or part of the country, then the pool of jobs that you can apply for gets smaller.
Hardy Says: When I got my break into game development I moved from New York City straight to Los Angeles. That was a big shift in culture, but that willingness to follow the work helped me find some terrific opportunities and had a positive impact on my career.
I also recommend being flexible about particular companies, or even job titles. People like to ask me about the best team I ever worked on, and I always say the same thing. “Every team I was ever on was the most talented team I ever worked with.”
I’m not being glib—it’s true. Every team has unique strengths that can be leveraged to make a terrific product. Even small teams with very little experience can produce miraculous results if they have a strong culture and teammates who are committed to a shared project vision. Great work is going on all over the place—on large teams and small, at established companies and start-ups. Don’t limit yourself. Be open, and then do your part to help make whatever team you end up on into a dream team.
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