Thursday, July 31, 2014

Speaking on Two Video Game Panels at Wizard World Comic Con in San Antonio 8/2/14 and 8/3/14


I have been lucky enough to speak on one of Genese's panels at a previous Comic Con in Portland so I'm very excited to be part of this one as well. Thank you, Genese!

If you make it to the San Antonio CC, come by and say hi, even if you don't make one of the talks. I'll be there geeking out with my kids I'm sure!

Here are the descriptions of the talks:

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VIDEO GAMES AND OUR FUTURE: WE’RE ALL GAMERS
Saturday, August 2nd
1:00 - 1:45PM
ROOM 214

Veterans of the video game industry join forces for this highly-anticipated panel. Don't miss Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion; MMORPG.com; The Gamer In You) Billy Joe Cain (Wing Commander: Prophecy) Joe Currivan (Producer - BattleCry Studios) and Antonia "Toni" Phillips (Live Producer - Electronic Arts; BioWare) give their insight on everything ranging from creating futuristic video games to delving into themes that span the most prevalent elements of pop culture. Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at video game story details, gameplay features, and the influence video games possess in both video game culture and pop culture at large. These high-power panelists will discuss the past of video game culture as it compares to today and how "gamification" is making it possible for everyone to become a gamer.

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WHAT VIDEO GAMES CAN TEACH
Sunday, August 3rd
2:00 - 2:45PM
ROOM 212

Join this high-powered panel divulging how much of an impact video games can have on people's lives in-game as well as offline. Parents advocating for a learner-centered approach often bring up the question, "Won't my kids just play video games all day?" Although the answer to that is multi-faceted, we know that no experience is devoid of learning. And, in fact, some may have more opportunities for development than we first believe. Join our featured panelists Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion; MMORPG.com; The Gamer In You) Robert Bell (Minister of Games - Enspire) Billy Joe Cain (Wing Commander: Prophecy) and Garry Gaber (Game Designer; Artist; Director; Founder - Escape Hatch Entertainment) as they discuss the benefits and potential drawbacks to video games and how to navigate both. This high-powered panel will plunge into video game culture and its social development divulging how video games affect our lives and education.

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Wizard World - Billy Joe Cain

Monday, July 21, 2014

How to Reach the Hiring Manager

​​Do you need more than one resume?​ ​Do you need to tailor your resume to the job you are applying for? 

Help the Hiring Manager
As a hiring manager, a custom resume is always a help to see how someone specifically fits the job role. The easiest way to get a hiring manager to cut to the chase is to make the resume tailor-fit to the role.

Why does a Hiring Manger Need Help From ME? 
Hiring managers are overwhelmed and have a lack of time to read between the lines. They may have a stack of other resumes that have been customized with specific details clearly delineated so they can match them to the job, and if your resume requires them to guess about your skills at all, you get tossed. 

There can be a disconnect between the job role and the resume's "soul." Your resume needs to emphasize your strength in that job specifically, not in the general career. They can tell if you really want it. Prove your interest in the job through your intent toward how you build your resume. Otherwise, you get tossed.

What if the Hiring Manager Isn't Reading Resumes First?
Often, an intermediary, such as a HR representative, is used to "filter" out the "obvious" resumes that aren't fits before they go to the hiring manager. The intermediaries are your biggest critics and the single biggest chance you will get tossed (by a human. See Applicant Tracking System, below).

When your resume goes through a human intermediary, this creates additional levels of communication breakdown. This means someone perfectly qualified gets tossed in the trash

Applicant Tracking System (ATS)
These are programs that "read" your resume automatically and dissect them. There is so much to say here, it would need its own blog. This is a constantly changing effort between applicants and employers, so the effort put into this challenge is ongoing.

Top Reasons You Get Tossed Into the Circular File
  • The intermediary may not understand the position or qualifications well enough to know how items on your generic resume are really relevant to the position.
  • The intermediary may not understand what "equivalent experience" means to the hiring manager. Find a way to make equivalent experience match up with the job description. 
  • The intermediary may be going down the job description top to bottom and if your qualifications are like "Where's Waldo?", they may give up looking. Make it easy to find the relevant parts. Ideally you can even reorder your resume to make it even easier.
  • Applicant Tracking Systems. (See above).

Think About it From Their Point of View
They are trying to winnow down a huge stack to a manageable number, and they may be sorting through a huge stack of resumes. Make it easy to get in the "yes" or even the "maybe" pile. Has that candidate seemed to care enough about your opening? Do they care about working here? Get someone else to pretend they are the hiring manager. Get someone else to pretend they are you, and you role play as the company representative. 

Final Thoughts
You want this job. You want this salary. Hiring managers want to hire someone that solves their pain. They are trying to make the best decision for their team, and are ready to spend a lot of money for it. You have one chance to get their attention to get them to BUY.  Get really serious about this. Then go back and edit your resume to make it custom. 

Your Career is More Than Your Next Job - It's Your Mission. Want Help?
For those of you that are attending Casual Connect in San Francisco, you can come get the answers to the above questions and get advice to navigate your own career. 

On 1pm, July 24, 2014, at Casual Connect in San Francisco, CA, Mary-Margaret Walker shares the best practices in resume writing and formatting at an exclusive workshop on July 24th. This workshop focuses on helping you build your resume, express your accomplishments and maximize your confidence.

Most people who can articulate a path to their goals frequently find they do not need to leave their current job in order to meet their goals. If you are already seeking your next role, let us make your resume land in the YES stack.

Specific Topics Covered: 
  Resume Mechanics (What’s an ATS?)
 • Keywords
 • Formatting
 • Content Layout
 • How to speak about accomplishments
 • What about LinkedIn?
 • Typos, grammar, and editing.


Attendance requires a ticket, and is limited. Sign up here now!

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Billy Joe Cain is an Executive Recruiter in the video game industry and has worked for Electronic Arts and started three game studios in Austin, TX. Since 1992, he has created games such as Wing Commander: Prophecy and SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman.

Please connect with him on LinkedIn and mention you read his blog! www.linkedin.com/in/billyjoecain

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