August 1, 2006
The job fair at SIGGRAPH is somewhat of a hi-tech, animated (and mo-capped!) bazaar. The companies that are hiring are intertwined with the ones who are displaying their latest movie or product. Almost all of the companies here look like fun places to work at though. Some of the names here need no introduction (ILM, Rhythm and Hues, ATI), while others (the mo-cap companies, the animation schools, the smaller and innovative firms such as Cecropia) remained to be discovered.

The trouble for job seekers of course is to know how to approach and impress their potential employers. Such questions were addressed and answered yesterday by Pamela K. Thompson, a.k.a. AWN's Career Coach, during her course entitled "Resumes and Demo Reels: If Yours Aren't Working Neither Are You!" The Coach gave several helpful tips and statistics such as not to wait for a convention to hand out CVs; during SIGGRAPH a major animation or FX house could receive up to 3,000 CVs and demos, as opposed to 30 during a regular week. She also stressed a rule that every job seeker should remember: your personality traits—or your invisible resumé as she calls it—is the most important marketing tool that you have. It can make or break your reputation in the CGI/animation industry. The job fair started today, and it continues Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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