Back in November, I created a Job Application Tips In 60 Seconds series on my YouTube channel and now as we head into a new month/year/decade you might be thinking about applying for a new job. I have summarised the five videos below, let me know if you find the advice useful!

THE COVER LETTER

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1g5KR8HHXA

Write a hyper-personalised cover letter and make sure to make it the first page of your CV to guarantee that everyone involved in your hiring process reads it.

FOLLOW UP!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocb6Urfs3hA

It’s incredibly powerful following up with someone at the company, ideally a recruiter or the hiring manager if…


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5fTuzufK3M&feature=youtu.be

In this video, I explain how I got a job at EA as well as provide advice for getting into the wider games industry. Enjoy!


www.youtube.com/joeburridge

Back in January, I set a goal of launching a YouTube channel. After 8 months of procrastination, I’m pleased to say that today I did it!

I had been putting this off for so long using excuses like I don’t have the right equipment, I don’t know what editing software to use, I don’t have a good setting for the video etc. But, in all honesty, I was nervous about putting myself out there on video.

Throughout my career as a Recruiter, I have hired hundreds of people and interviewed thousands more. The aim of my channel is to use all this experience to provide hiring tips, career advice and interview guides. Enjoy!

www.youtube.com/joeburridge


When I joined Electronic Arts in September 2017, it meant saying goodbye to my life in Central London. Getting the tube to work every day meant I could blast through so many books and articles (I was one of those people who would read my Kindle one-handed even when crushed between a few dozen other commuters) but that all changed when I left the city and I started to drive to work.

Very quickly I discovered the delightful world of podcasts and I have been iterating on my subscription list to the point where now I am really happy with…


Finding time to write when you’re a parent can be a little tricky. But possible.

Louis L’Amour — “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on”

My sister Becky has been suffering from Ehlers–Danlos syndrome for the past 4 years. It’s an incredibly debilitating condition and one where we know very little about the cause or, more importantly, the cure. It’s a condition that can’t be seen and, for that reason, at times it can been difficult for even her closest friends and family to provide the empathy and support she needs.

So, she started to write.

I encouraged her to start a blog like I did…


Joe Gebbia (Co-Founder of Airbnb) — “You use it yourself; you eat your own dog food. Every time we do that, we discover something that we can improve”

I want to be clear from the start that “dogfooding” is a metaphor and I won’t be held liable for any recruiters who, after reading this article, use dog food as a new source of protein. OK, now that I’ve legally covered myself, let’s get into a definition.

According to Techopedia, “the term “dogfooding” is…slang for the use of one’s own products”. There are two possible origins for this concept. The first…


In November 2018 I hopped on a plane to Berlin to present at Tech Rec 2018; a conference “dedicated to tackling challenges in finding and hiring tech talent”. This was the first time speaking at a conference abroad and I was so freaking excited! My talk wasn’t filmed so instead I’ve written a summary with my slides (link to full presentation here). Whether you’re involved in hiring (as a candidate or otherwise) or just interested to see what tools we’re using at EA I’m hoping you will find this post useful. …


I’m incredibly excited to announce that I will be flying over to Berlin to speak at Tech Rec 2018 on Friday November 23rd (but I will be there for the full 2 days on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd).

“Tech Rec Berlin is the unique industry-driven conference fully dedicated to tackling challenges in finding and hiring tech talent. It is the first platform in Europe that brings together thought leaders and experts in tech recruiting, talent acquisition, employer branding, sourcing and talent analytics from enterprises, start-ups, tech companies and many more”.

You can find a full list of the speakers here: https://www.technology-recruitment.com/speakers/

If you’re going and would like to meet up, my email is jburridge@ea.com.


Earlier this week (11th September 2018) marked one year at Electronic Arts and what an incredible year it has been. Joining EA, and the video games industry, has far exceeded my expectations and I’m so glad I put the time and effort into chasing my dream job (I wrote about that journey here). I have also discovered what it’s really like to work in a corporate, how to drink the right amount of Kool-Aid and use the support of my team to help balance fatherhood and work.

I admit that I was little nervous when I started at EA. I…


It was incredibly fun working with the folks at LinkedIn on a post for the Talent Blog: “I Love It When Candidates Do These 8 Things”.

I hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think!

Joe Burridge

Senior Recruiter at Epic Games | Gamer. Blogger. Father. | joe.burridge@epicgames.com

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