February 6, 2023

How do you write the perfect CV for gaming?

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Many of us have pondered this question and it will still be pondered for years to come. In fact the answer to the question is simple. As long as you stick to a couple of guidelines, there is no right or wrong way to write a CV.  It is how you present it which is the key! Here is our advice on how to write a CV that will get you the right gaming job.

Your CV is usually the first and sometimes the only opportunity that a potential employer will have to find out about you and the knowledge, skills and attributes you have to offer. It is your one opportunity to really sell yourself.

Many professionals will have more than one CV in order present themselves in different ways to different audiences. As a recruiter; information is key. I would rather know about the smallest detail on a CV than not at all. However an employer will want factual information so will require a shorter CV.
Set out below is a guideline to creating a “Perfect CV” which is based on years of experience searching through thousands of CVs from all over the world. I have tried to make it relevant to gaining employment within the European Online betting and gaming market.

Guideline to the “Perfect CV”

Length

Employers are busy people. A long CV will be skimmed over and if the information is not clear then you would have missed your opportunity. The most effective CVs are usually between two and four pages long and highlight factual information.

Layout

When choosing your layout you may be tempted to show off your talent with lots of boxes or graphic’s. DON’T!  An employer will spend about 30 to 45 seconds scanning your CV so it needs to remain easy to read and clutter-free.  Try to avoid the temptation to cram as much information in as possible by extending the margins or reducing the font size. Your CV should be easy on the eye, factual and clear for the reader to quickly skim for key strengths, experience and knowledge. Remember to keep these relevant to the betting job you are applying for.

Suggested CV format

• Personal Details
• Profile
• Education & Professional Qualifications
• Technical Skills & Knowledge
• Work History and Experience
• Languages & Other Information
• Hobbies & Interests

Section 1: Personal Details

This should consists of your Name, Address, Contact Details (phone and email), Nationality, and Work Status (eligibility to work in location).

Section 2: Profile

Your CV should start with a short profile setting out your key skills and attributes. More and more employers are selecting candidates on the basis of the skills and attributes that are necessary in order to be effective in the role. Irrespective of the length or breadth of experience, can the person ‘do the job’? Your profile should be a clear and positive statement of you as a professional. It will be the first thing the employer will read.

Section 3: Education & Professional qualifications

It is increasingly common for employers to request degrees or a certain professional qualification. When skimming over a CV, an employer will tick this off a check list. Therefore your academic record will need to be clear and easy to understand. Include any other relevant professional training that you have completed.

Section 4: Technical Skills & Knowledge or Key Skills & Experience

As mentioned previously, employers want factual information using clear and easy to read text. Set out your main skills with years of experience alongside to show your levels of knowledge and experience.
Technical professionals should mention software programmes, languages and databases in which you have worked or had experience, highlighting your level of experience and skill.

Section 5: Work History & Experience

Starting with your current or most recent job. This will normally have the most relevant information.  Any employer will want to know key facts such as your current employer, job title and the date you started the position.  They will also want to know what your duties and responsibilities are, or were. You should not assume that the job title says it all. Words like ‘Manager’ or ‘Director’ are used in many different contexts and can mean very different things.

Writing about your work can be tricky so try to be factual in the information you provide. Day to day duties followed by key achievements in the role should feature. Employers want to know you can perform the role successfully, so let them know you can! The best way to start is to think “What have I personally done in this role?”

Include a short paragraph explaining the position with bullet points with heading such as ‘day to day duties’ or ‘responsibilities and key achievements’ should catch the eye and keep your CV looking clear and readable.

Simply setting out the scope of the role will not highlight your personal contribution. What value have you added? How have you made a difference?

Section 5: Work History & Experience continued…

Working backwards from your current position, set out your CV with continuity. Make sure space, paragraphs or highlighted words are formatted the same.

Do not provide substantial detail about jobs that are not relevant to the role, or roles, you are now applying for. The employer is not likely to be interested in temporary or casual jobs you have held a long time ago.

Your employment history should demonstrate consistency and progression. If you have held a number of different positions in different organisations and different sectors, it may be useful to include the reasons why you made these career choices.

Include the key facts, summarise the key responsibilities and your personal achievements.

Bear in mind that we are working within a niche sector where relevant betting and gaming knowledge or skills are at a premium. Make sure that you include all relevant references to poker, casino, sportsbook or other industry experience.

Section 6: Language & Other Information

In this section on your CV, if you speak different languages, bullet point this information with a clear description of your level of fluency. Include any other information which you feel may be relevant to an employer; driving license etc.

Section 7: Hobbies and Interests

This section is not a compulsory section so think carefully about what you put down as an interest or hobby. If you feel it may not add to the ‘picture’ of you, why include them? Include any gambling-related pastimes as this is the sector you will be working in. However, if you are using only one CV to apply for gaming and non-gaming jobs, this information might not be so useful. Employers outside of the online gambling sector will not see these pastimes as relevant!

And finally…

Including your date of birth is optional, as is your marital status.  Photographs are not a requisite so it is really down to personal choice.

Just try to remember your CV is about you and your skills, knowledge, experience and employers will be interested in this first and foremost.

 SOURCE: https://betbubbles.com/

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