posted on Jul, 19 2011 @ 01:24 AM
reply to post by dragnet53
I have had to sort through literally hundreds of applications and interviews over the years and, in the end, what I want to know from the applicant
1) can you actually do what you say you can do (and be able to prove it)
2) are your skills a fit for this particular project and the needed deliverable
Most employers have a very tight budget, an even tighter timeline, and a very specific deliverable in mind. They don't want to get part-way through a
project and find out that one of their team members can't cut it. That would entail expensive corrections in order to get the project back on track.
Most of the time there just isn't any room for "unknowns", learning curves, or mistakes. There is no time to bring a project to a grinding halt in
order to sift through 200 more applications and interviews.
This is why sometimes yes it is about who you know. It is so much safer to hire someone when a trusted colleague can vouch for their skills and work
ethic....they can show actual results. It is also true that a killer portfolio helps tremendously. If you can show that you have already done (and are
very proficient in) what the employer is in need of, then they will be more willing to take a chance on you.
OP, I know it doesn't seem fair when it feels like no one will give you a chance. But you have to give yourself a chance by showing the very very
very best of everything that you have (no race card, no excuses about lack of tutorials, and no excuses about film girls who didn't do good work). It
would be 100 times worse to get hired to a position which you are really not qualified yet to hold, and then let the team and the employer down. It
makes everyone feel terrible all the way around. And the incident would follow you everywhere in your industry.
I have seen a lot of people in this thread offer to help you. And I have seen some brutally honest and good advice given to you. It is fantastic that
you are proud of the work that you have done and that you believe in yourself and what you know you can achieve. It sounds like you have chosen an
extremely difficult industry in which to progress. Your confidence in yourself will hopefully continue to drive you as you learn and acquire the
skills needed to get the positions which you want.
And yes...I think a person can find racism at just about every level of society. It has nothing to do with gaming. It has everything to do with human
beings and all of their faults. Never use it as an excuse for failure. Figure out what you personally need to do to succeed.