Please note: We do not post our vacancies to any online services, and we do not consider any applications which are routed through them. If you see a SJ Games job posted with an online service, we didn't authorize it; the service scraped it off our website and reposted it to waste your time. If you want to work for us, contact us directly!
Any job application must be accompanied by a resume, attached as a PDF or Word document.
The filename must include YOUR NAME, as files named “resume.doc” are entirely too common.
Do NOT follow the common bad Internet advice to “keep your resume down to one page and list only the important things.” We’re interested in all your previous experience; we’re interested in your hobbies, skills, and interests. We have been known to recruit people for entirely different jobs, based on information we never would have gotten from a one-page resume.
Obviously, the things we look for in a new employee depend on the job we have to fill. And for any job, we want somebody who can act professionally and remember that it is a job. We don't sit around all day and play games. A lot of any staff job is administrative. Some weeks, the really cool things are few and far between.
Most people who ask us about jobs are interested in game design and development, writing or editing, or possibly playtesting. But we don't have salaried playtesters on staff. We don't have any full-time designers on staff; we work with freelancers, and everyone here who is a writer or designer also wears at least one other hat. We do, though, have a few staffers who work, part or full time, as game editors.
We always look for experience when making a hiring decision. We're not likely to hire anyone, for any creative position, unless they have experience either with some other company or as a (successful) freelancer.
Everything we do involves the computer. We use it for communication, writing, proofreading, art and graphics, and layout. Any potential employee OR freelancer must be computer-literate.
We do not offer internships.
Oh, yes. We are a non-smoking office. We have smokers, but they go outside and suffer.
We pay your premiums for health, dental, and vision insurance (there is no co-pay). You only pay for additional family members you wish to cover. The insurance company does have the right to reject an applicant, but they have yet to reject anyone we have submitted.
Paid Time Off (PTO) starts accumulating on your first day. You can accumulate up to four weeks.
In addition to several paid holidays, for the past 4 years we have closed for a week at summer and the week between Christmas and New Year’s, both of which are also paid. We review this policy each year, and expect it to continue.
Regular in-house Game Days. Yes, these are days when we eat snacks and play games all day long . . . and still get paid.
On good years there might be bonuses. No promises. If we promised, it wouldn't be a bonus.
Somewhat flexible hours, depending on what you are doing. (But this is NOT a "show up when you feel like it" job. We expect your hours to be predictable, but we can be flexible in setting your in-out times, and most employees work four long days and then take Friday off.)
Possibilities for convention travel as a game demonstrator, even if your regular work isn't related to development or marketing.
Free and discounted games, woo hoo.
Education and Experience
If you're in school, you may wonder what classes you should take to prepare yourself for a career in game design. First, of course, you should learn to write quickly and clearly. Courses in journalism are usually better for this than any type of "creative writing" class. If you cannot write quickly, you'll starve. If you cannot write clearly, somebody else will get the job. While it is possible to be a genius creative talent who cannot write a grammatical sentence, we try to avoid them. There are lots of creative talents out there who can write clear sentences, and we like them better :-)
When writing rules, it helps to have a logical mind. Any class that trains this is worthwhile. Law or pre-law courses in Legislation and Contracts are good preparation for rules writing.
How do you break into the field, then? The short answer is: by writing magazine or blog articles on a freelance basis, and working up from there. It's not the only path, but it's a sure one, provided you have the ability at all! We'll be happy to see your submissions for Pyramid, and who knows what that can lead to?
We use lots of freelancers – writers, editors and artists. The Internet is wonderful. If you have reliable email and FTP capability, we can work with you no matter where in the world you are. Anyone interested in freelancing must know everything in our Authors' Guidelines.