Hello fellow Developers and Indie Companies.
I wanna give the community something, to help out, so that these forums might become more friendly, and more professional, even for your average joe!
Now, I've found myself reading many threads here, and they are often poorly formatted giving off a very non-serious vibe even if it was not intended. A lot of people does not have English as their native language. Just like me. I am from Denmark! Some people here (I am looking at you Fragfest, juguefre and Ironbelly) seems to get ticks whenever they see a badly formatted thread and respond to it. I can understand them, but we need it to stop for both their and the communitys sake
So below I will make some easy to understand descriptions of what you should include to make a proper formatted thread.
Looking for a Job
So you are looking for a job? Obviously you want to tell your future boss how you work, what you expect from payment (That is why we have the three prefixes PAID, NON-PAID and ROYALTY. Please remember to use them!!! Can't stress this enough!) and what kind of person you are. You also want to show some kind of showreel or portfolio, so that people can see what kind of work you've done in the past, so they know what you are capable of. Always, ALWAYS show your very best work.
Tell them your name.
Tell them your craft, and if you studied to get there or if you are self-taught.
Tell them a little about yourself.
Tell them what you expect (if you have any expectations like activity etc).
Show them your website (You can make free blogs on a site like Wordpress.com).
Show them your portfolio or past work.
Show them otherwise interesting things that relates to getting a job.
If they wanna contact you, it's always good a idea to include an email that you actively check. If not, and you are confident that you check the site often enough, then let them PM you here.
Skip the weird jokes.
Rule of thumb: Cut the chase, get right to the case.
To state things about yourself, for example:
My skills include:
- 3D Modelling
- Texturing of Models
- Rigging of Models
Looking for Employee(s)
Looking for an employee or more employees for your team can be tricky, as you want to attract people who knows what they are doing. In order to do this, you need to have a certain appeal. Almost anything in life is about first impressions. The first impressions that people get from you and your company, is usually through your recruitment thread(s).
- How well worded is it written?
- Does your company/group and it's goals seem legitimate and realistic?
- Do you have the required knowledge to begin your project? (unless you already got an ongoing one which is doing well!)
When you make a recruitment thread you wanna include the following. These are essential:
- Name of your Company/Group
- A little about your group/company
- What you aspire to achieve
- Story for your project or at least Concept.
A little note on the story:
Your story is not unique and original just because you think so. There is about 90 % chance that your idea have already been done. So take something you might know, and add a twist, or try and add other elements to make it more original. An example of this, would be something like Sanctum. FPS and RTS in one.
All of these needs to be worded so that person reading is no in doubt at any time what is it you wish to achieve.
The rest are of these are very good to have, and recommended to have, but not necessary to attract people, given the first part is worded right!
- Concept Art
- 3D Art
- In-Game pictures
- Playable Demo or Video of Game in Action
And finally what it is you are actually looking for! The job description(s) should be short and precise. Remember: Cut the Chase, get to the Case.
A job description could look something like this:
- Needs to know UnrealScript fluently
- Needs to be able to show past work
- Optional is good knowledge of C/C++
It doesn't have to be a long novel of what you expect. Just enough to let the person apply know, that this is what you need.
And of course, always remember to give an email or website to contact you by!
I hope this has helped just a little bit, towards a more professional forum!
If you like what you just read, then please make sure this thread stays at the top, by bumping it. Perhaps it will be stickied one day?