Jordan Bateman

Job Title: Recruitment Consultant

Desk: Programming & Technical

Email: jordan@aswift.com

About Me:

I’m from Barnsley and if I had to describe myself, I’d probably say ‘a big nerd.’ I like pop culture, anime and I’m a regular festival goer. I’m pretty handy, I make my own wine and I’ve built my own gaming PC. I’m a kinaesthetic learner and pretty technically minded. I lived in France for three months and I’m known as the singer and dancer of the office. I come from a pretty theatre-heavy background.

Favourite Game: Shadow of the Colossus

Favourite Game Series: Halo or Gears of War

Favourite TV Series: Community

Favourite Film: Shaun of the Dead

Favourite Book: Lord of the Rings

Favourite Song/Band: Tool

How did you get into games as a hobby?

I played them a lot growing up and found them a great tool for escapism. I’ve played fantastic titles over the years and I even ran a gaming company with a friend called Gamma Games.

What’s your career background?

Over the years I’ve been in a number of sales and marketing roles within companies such as HelloFresh, Uber, British Red Cross and the RSPCA. The idea of selling a person, rather than a product, really appeals to me and gives me much more job satisfaction. I met Glenn, our Operations and Performance Manager, two years before I actually worked at Aardvark Swift. This was at a graduate event. I went into sales at a company in France for a short while but eventually caught the eye of a recruiter and was referred back to Glenn when the company had an open vacancy that they thought I’d be a good fit for.

What’s an average day look like for you at Aardvark Swift?

Every day is different. The industry that we work in is a niche one that is forever changing as the technology and media that feeds it evolves and improves. I love adapting to those changes for the benefit of our clients and candidates.

What do you love most about your job?

That it’s focused on video games. The business itself works towards supporting and bettering individuals, with training and new experiences constantly available to us. Video games have been present in my life for a very long time and it baffles me daily that I’m looking for candidates for studios that have made games that I love. Contributing to the future of the industry is a privilege.

Favourite memory so far?

Going to Gamescom and speaking to industry experts face-to-face. They were demonstrating their projects and achievements first-hand and it’s something I’ll always be thankful for. Meeting famous faces and going to the biggest gaming event in Europe made my friends incredibly jealous, and at the end of the day, what’s more important than that?

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