I was laid off from my job at Jet Morgan Games on Friday. That’s all right. Things never quite worked out at Jet Morgan the way I hoped, and it was time to move on.
I didn’t waste time lamenting my situation. Instead, I sprang into action as soon as I came up and didn’t let up through the weekend.
Here were the steps I took to get myself back into the job market:
- Filed for unemployment insurance. I did this online, so that there would be minimal delay in receiving my unemployment benefits. There is always some delay, as the agency checks to make sure that the termination qualifies for benefits.
- Updated my resume. This included not only listing my most recent job, but also rewording some of my responsibilities and accomplishments in previous positions still sounded relevant.
- Emailed a copy of my resume to the in-house recruiters for every significant game publisher and developer in my area. Over the years, I’ve made sure to connect with all the local staff recruiters, at Activision, Disney, EA, etc. through LinkedIn, just so I would have their contact information should I need their services, which now I do.
- Emailed every close friend and manager I knew in the game industry and asked them if they were aware of any job leads they could pass on to me. Some have already responded by saying they knew of some possibilities and wanted a copy of my resume.
- Posted my availability for new work on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus, etc.
- Went to the job boards of all the big local companies and posted my resume and set myself up for job alerts for positions I in which I might be interested.
- Lastly, I contacted my favorite executive recruiters and let them know that I was looking for work. I’ve never gotten a job through a recruiter before — it’s all been by employee referrals or my direct contact with the company — but you never know. I use recruiters to find opportunities that are, for whatever reason, are hard to find myself
Job hunting can be even more exhausting work than job-doing. How quickly will my efforts pay off? You’ll be among the first to know!
On Thursday I started my new position as Producer at Jet Morgan Games (my title was originally to be “Managing Producer”, but I insisted on just being called “Producer” until there were other producers for me to manage.
The whole thing happened rather quite suddenly. I answered an ad on LinkedIn about ten days ago and sent in my resume. The next day I received a call from the owner, who after a brief conversation with me, invited me to come into the office a couple of days later.
The office, housed in a building that appeared to be originally designed for medical offices, is located in Rolling Hills Estates, a very wealthy community along the beach, just south of Los Angeles. It was a long drive for me, fifty miles one-way, about ten miles of which is surface streets. However, I’ve long since given up the dream of working anywhere close to home.
The company was currently comprised of six people — the owners, Chris and Jenn Cutltr, and four employees. Chris interviewed me for about an hour, telling me that he and his wife were originally employees at Mattel, and then they went off to form their own company, creating casual games and websites for Mattel and other clients. At the end of our talk, he introduced me to the rest of the group, and I made the trek back home.
The next day Chris made me a job offer, and I accepted it. Although the drive was horrendously long and the company was much smaller than I was used to, I thought that they could really use my help to grow. Plus, they were about to start work on a large project for a big-name client that was just too good to pass up…