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Recruiting edge: Video games firm ignores resumes

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Recruiters for video games company IGN Entertainment don’t care if would-be employees went to college or have experience with another firm. They’re looking for raw talent.

The San Francisco-based media company has kicked off a “no résumés allowed” recruitment program—the Code-Foo Challenge—for the second year. The six-week program pays aspiring coders with a passion for gaming to learn cutting-edge coding languages and work on real engineering projects. IGN hires the most impressive, regardless of their education or work experience.

Of 75,000 hopefuls who applied for last year’s challenge, IGN selected 30—half without college degrees—to participate. It hired eight.

“The average age someone learns to code is 13.4, so why should we care what credentials they have?” asks President Roy Bahat.

Instead of submitting résumés, candidates write a statement of passion for IGN and answer questions that test their coding ability.

Contact: Kris Sharbaugh of IGN Entertainment, (415) 896-3450.

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