Pour One Out
On Monday 21st March 2o16, 5TH CELL laid off most of its remaining people, just a fews days after I updated this site; I’m not sure if that is terrible, or great timing?
It was my first job in the Seattle area and I met a bunch of young and experienced people who made me better. I also got to live in one of the most beautiful states I’ve visited in the USA; No regrets there.
I think my biggest disappointment, was that I’ve walked away from a company after three years, without the released of a product for my efforts. It’s a bitter pill to take.
This was another stark reminder of just how volatile the games industry is, but it also highlighted the positive nature of developers and how we band together in such times. Immediately after the announcement, people were collating and sharing contacts, recruiters, job searches, useful links, resources etc. which was great to witness.
10 Job Search, 20 Goto 10
Although data and information is more freely accessible and the world is so much smaller, I still find the whole process of job searching way more tedious and long-winded than it should be. It feels that is hasn’t progressed, at least externally to those looking for positions, for many years.
Applying for a position at a large publisher via their website, feels like ejecting your information out, into outer space; who knows if it’ll even make it’s first orbit to the right people. It’s much better to contact the company’s recruiter directly, or even better, being able to email somebody you know who already works there, works wonders.
So all my 5TH CELL colleagues and friends, good luck with whatever you do.