21st Oct 2018 by Cam Brierley
Updated 5th Sep 2019
Apply for the perfect esports job
If you're happy that your application materials are in a great place then you're ready to find the esports job that's right for you. We take a look at the best way to use the Hitmarker website to find roles, as well as explaining how to match your specific set of skills to every esports job description you read.
Finding the right esports jobs to apply to isn’t always as easy as it sounds, or at least it wasn’t until Hitmarker came along!
Our comprehensive career advice for esports aims to rid you of the questions you had about secruing an esports career
As an individual, you always have a lot of variables to consider. Chief amongst these are your location (or the locations you could relocate to), the sector that your personal and professional attributes fit best to, and the contract type you need.
1. Find an Esports Job
Did you know that you can search for jobs using all of the things mentioned on our website?
Let’s start with the first, which is often the most important
You could have great skills, the best cover letter and resume combination in the world, a bucket load of esports experience behind you and be amazing at interview but if you’re not in the “right” location you could be in trouble.
In one of our previous career advice articles we discussed the current popular locations of esports career opportunities in depth, but just to recap you tend to find most roles on the West Coast of the USA (specifically in Los Angeles and San Francisco).
If you’re located almost anywhere else you won’t find things come as easily, but the good news is that the rest of the world IS catching up and we’re posting more and more esports opportunities from Texas, the East Coast and from the rest of the globe too.
So a good way to start your esports job search is to decide on the locations you’d be able to work from (and don’t forget that Remote jobs where you can work from anywhere are becoming more prevalent, too!)
You should have a pretty clear idea of where you fit into the esports landscape already, but if you’re not completely sure then we’d be more than happy to help guide you if you reach out to us (we have open DMs and live chat functionality on this very site).
So, once you have the locations you can work in chosen, it’s time to narrow your search by choosing the sectors that you think you’d enjoy working in and would be best suited to.
This will give you a pretty good shortlist of opportunities, to begin with, and you can narrow them down even further by choosing the contract type you’re interested in.
We discussed contract types in depth in an earlier career advice post, but you’ll know better than anyone what you’re looking for in terms of a contract.
If you need an esports job that will pay your bills then full-time work is where it’s at, but if you’re just looking for something to top up your existing income or to do on the side while studying then part-time and freelance jobs are your friends.
If you’re a student looking for some solid work experience in a specific sector (or even with a particular esports organization) then don’t rule out an internship - more and more of which are offering small pay, or at least some benefits.
Finally, if you’re in the fortunate position of not needing to earn any money at all while gaining experience in the esports industry then you can keep volunteer roles active too!
At the end of this, you should have a great list of esports jobs that will be a fit for your location, skills and monetary needs.
Now, it may come as a surprise to you to learn that not every esports job in the world is featured on Hitmarker. While we do have hundreds of companies signed up and posting their roles, a good number of esports organizations still prefer to hire through social media.
While that upsets us (just a little bit) you’ll often find the @HitmarkerJobs Twitter account liking or retweeting these posts, just so you won’t miss anything. Give us a follow if you don’t want a single esports career opportunity to pass you by!
2: Read the Job Description
At this point in the article, you should have your Hitmarker searches nailed down and be following us on Twitter.
This is because we’re at the point where we need to turn your esports jobs shortlist into a REALLY short list, filtering out all of the esports jobs that have made it to this stage but aren’t totally ideal for you.
This could be because the seniority level of the job is too high, the experience demands are unrealistic or the specific requirements/responsibilities of the role are not what you want.
To learn this information you’ll obviously need to READ the job descriptions that you’ve been left with, so hop to it and then come right back to us...
2a. Job level
When we speak about “level” in relation to esports jobs we’re talking about the seniority of the position on offer, which can range from Junior, through Intermediate, to Senior.
A Junior role in esports is typically for someone who is a recent graduate or even still studying and should not ask for more than one or two years of work experience.
An Intermediate esports role is typically aimed at a candidate who is already a professional, rather than a student, and who has at least two years of experience in a specific sector.
A Senior role in esports is exactly what it sounds, a serious position aimed at someone who has been in the scene for a long time and probably has strong management experience.
This largely goes hand-in-hand with job level, but it’s really important to state that we know of a number of esports candidates who have NOT had the “required experience” demanded by an esports job description and who have still made it through to interview!
If you come close to the demands, have similar experience in another sector (or outside of esports altogether), or just think you’re still an exceptional candidate despite not having years of time served behind then you should still consider sending in an application.
A lot of times the experience requirements on an esports job description are just hugely unrealistic and become prohibitive in the hiring process. There are even some writers in the recruitment space who are suggesting that demanding a certain number of years of experience in anything could be seen as being discriminatory when it comes to employment.
It’s how good you are, not how long you’ve done something for. Don’t forget that!
Esports job requirements aren’t always just as cut and dried as having a set number of years of prior work experience.
Most esports organizations will ask for roles that demand a specific skill or piece of knowledge for their ideal candidate to have.
If you see things in the list of requirements (especially near the top) that you absolutely know you cannot do, then it may not be worth your time applying. This is one of the fastest ways to find your resume in an esports company’s e-trash can.
However, on the other side of the coin, it is VERY rare for someone to tick absolutely every box being demanded by an employer. You’ll need to exercise sound judgment here, but if you feel you come close to the whole list and/or could learn a skill that you don’t have quite quickly then don’t be put off from applying altogether.
Think to yourself, “how many other people in this space will have EVERYTHING these guys are asking for?” If the answer is “not many” or “none”, then you should definitely still be applying.
The next big thing to look at on an esports job description is the list of day-to-day responsibilities offered. There are two big reasons for this…
The first is that you want to apply for jobs where you can see yourself being happy in your day-to-day work. Job titles don’t ALWAYS match up well with what an employer is expecting you to do in the role, so make sure to read the entire list of responsibilities before considering whether you’d be happy doing it.
The second is that you need to feel comfortable that you have the capability to perform the day-to-day responsibilities. Regardless of whether you’d enjoy the work or not, can you really say you can do what the employer is asking of you?
If you’re satisfied that both of these boxes are ticked after reading the job description, then that’s another green light to an application.
2e. Application Instructions
The final thing to be mindful of on an esports job description is any application instructions that are tagged onto the end of it.
At times just submitting a cover letter and resume won’t be enough. You could be asked to provide examples of past work, which could be a link to your portfolio or highlight reel (depending on the types of roles you’re applying to).
At other times the employer may ask you to apply via email, attach files in a specific format or to follow some other route to the job application (sadly not everyone likes to do their hiring through Hitmarker!)
Just remember this, though: a real cardinal sin when applying for any esports career opportunity is to not follow these instructions to the letter! If you’ve been asked for a cover letter, a resume AND a link to your past work make sure you provide them ALL.
3. Send your Application
Hopefully, you’re now at a stage where you’ve found some perfect esports jobs on Hitmarker, you’ve read the application instructions and you’re ready to put our many thousands of words of career advice into practice.
It’s now time to do your research on the companies you’re going to be applying to so that you can write the best bespoke cover letter for each of them.
It’s also time to tailor your resume to each of the roles, making sure to adjust your specialty or to rewrite your summary section depending on the opportunity.
If you’ve got all of this down, there’s only one thing left to do...
Hit that big orange "Apply Now" button and make your mark!
An important thing to know here is that if you’re instantly directed to some input boxes then the esports company you’re applying to is a Hitmarker member and will be managing their hiring process through our website.
This means that we’ll probably be on speaking terms with them, so please feel free to reach out to us to tell us that you’ve applied (or to ask for some further guidance if you have anything you’re not sure about).
Unfortunately, a lot of times you may also need to get in touch with us because you haven’t heard anything back, but we’d be happy to chase people up for you if that ends up being the case.
If you’re directed off-site or your email client opens up a draft message then that means the esports company is handling the hiring process through another source. This means we have less overall involvement in the advertising of their role and probably can’t help you track the status of your application.
At the end of the day what we really care about is helping you put together the best application pack possible and making sure it gets to where it needs to go. This is what we get up for every morning, and so you know that if you apply for any role on Hitmarker that the person hiring for the role will receive your application.
With that being said, we think that’s pretty much it.
Thanks for reading and best of luck in your esports job hunt, although if you’ve read every single article in this career advice then you shouldn’t need it!
Go get ‘em!
Image credits: DreamHack / Ole Sollie
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