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Fran Mulhern creates Clearing for Games group to find employment for staff from closed studios

Fran Mulhern of Recruit3D has started a Linkedin group called Clearing for Games, with the aim of finding employment for staff who have been forced to take redundancy, or were previously employed by a now defunct studio.

Mulhern says he won't be taking any money from either applicants or potential employers, but hopes to facilitate an easy route back into employment for UK industry workers who lose their positions.

"With the tough times the industry here is having, I've noticed that certain of my clients go straight to distressed studios, bypassing agencies when it comes to picking up staff who have been unfortunate enough to have been made redundant," said Mulhern.

"So, with that in mind, I've been planning to come up with some kind of online meeting place where those laid off could interact with hiring studios who otherwise might not have had the chance to show what they can offer."

"Given the amount of industry people already on Linkedin, it seemed like the natural option.

"Every time a studio announces lay offs, I'll aim to make sure the details for the group are passed around internally as much as possible, so hopefully affected employees will have the chance to join the group, and use it to quickly and directly hook up with studios they might not otherwise have gotten the opportunity to hear from. Obviously, the more studios that sign up and regularly post their jobs on there, the better," he added.

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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D6 years ago
Actually had an impressive response, including HR reps from several developers (including Ninja Theory and Eurcom) who have already joined. Over 100 people on there in just two hours isn't to be sneezed at, hopefully it'll grow and be of use to you guys.

To clarify, the group is specifically for those who have been laid off in the last 12 months, or who have been told that they're at risk of being so. There are many jobs groups for the games industry on Linkedin, but this is aimed specifically at that group - otherwise it becomes just a regular jobs group and that's not what it's about.

Whether it's Sony or anyone else, good luck to all those affected. If you can find a job via that group, brilliant. If it's elsewhere, that's great too - so long as you get sorted.

Thanks for the news piece Dan, appreciated.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.6 years ago
Good idea and congrats on the quick success, Fran.




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Terence Gage Freelance writer 6 years ago
Yeah, good work Fran. Seems like a very noble cause and all the best to those affected by job cuts and redundancies.
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John Jennings Senior Producer, Machinegames6 years ago
I'd been about to shout 'ambulance chaser' until I read "Mulhern says he won't be taking any money from... potential employers".

That's very decent and public-spirited of you! Very nice work.
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D6 years ago
@ John

I don't chase ambulances - they're way too fast, I know better:)

If anyone hooks up with a studio via that group, awesome.
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Andy Payne Chair/founder, AppyNation6 years ago
Excellent work Fran. Hats off to you doing this for nothing, that is brilliant
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Bret Mogilefsky Director, Developer Services and Support Group, Sony Computer Entertainment America6 years ago
Great idea Fran. Start one for the US too? :)
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D6 years ago
I'll create regional sub groups within that group tomorrow.
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Private Industry 6 years ago
Good idea, just hope the group doens`t get to big if you know what I mean :)
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Lewis Brown Snr Sourcer/Recruiter, Electronic Arts6 years ago
Hi Fran, I will join we have a number of opening here across Criterion which could help those looking. Lewis @ EA
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D6 years ago
Lewis, you don't need to put "Lewis @ EA" at the end of your message, I can see it's you:)

Go ahead and join that group, I don't think you have yet.
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Good idea Fran. I knew you weren't all bad :)
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D6 years ago
;)
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Jason Stewart Associate Producer, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe6 years ago
Hope this gets a lot of unfortunate people back into work in these difficult times, that just seem magnified in our industry lately.

Well done.
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Steven Yau Senior Game Developer, King.com6 years ago
Nice one Fran :) Just hope it doesn't get abused like you said. Wonder if the smaller start-ups know about this?
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D6 years ago
I've already had to refuse three profiles that look very obviously fake, presumably external recruiters trying to worm their way in. All three had less than two connections, and I couldn't find any reference to them online - normally for people in games you'd find references somewhere, even if it's only credits. That's apart from the one who had no connections and also didn't put down any education or work history.

Then people wonder why recruiters are hated so much.
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 6 years ago
Fran you're nothing short of amazing. :)
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D6 years ago
Haha, cheers! I'm also very useful with a football, but that's another story:)
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