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Looking For Jobs At SIGGRAPH 2001
Audience: Conference Attendee (any registration)
 
Background
The SIGGRAPH conference is a major crossroads of the computer graphics industry. If you are thinking about or actively searching for job opportunities, there is no better place than the conference to meet the people you may want to work with someday.
 
The secret to finding a job? Know your abilities, clearly communicate them, and be honest and genuine with people. This makes all the difference in the world.
 
Essentials
  • Conference resources. Prepare yourself for the conference Career Center and Job Fair (one-day event). Registered attendees can have résumés posted in the center for prospective employers to see. Job fair participants can meet informally with companies and employers to discuss career opportunities. Job fairs occasionally have mentors who can talk to you, too. Consult your conference literature or visit the conference Web site for more details.
     
  • Research the job market. Know what types of jobs are available in your field of interest and know how you fit those qualifications. Consider your many skills and how they blend to form a unique and valuable employee. (Don't just go for the obvious glamour position; you'll be competing with everyone on the planet.)
     
  • Focus your communication. Get to your point immediately with all your media: résumés, portfolios, demo tapes, interviews, etc. Experienced interviewers can spot quality quickly. Put your best foot forward. You have only one chance to make a first impression.
     
  • Prepare your presentation. Spend time preparing your best work to shine when it's viewed. No need to apologize for quality unless it's really not there. Time is incredibly precious at the conference.
     
  • Prioritize your targets. Plan out which employers you really need to contact. Do as much research as you can about them, and make it a point to visit them at the conference if they have a presence there. Don't be shy about asking for information, either.
     
  • Talk, listen, and learn. Talk to people you meet at the conference. Ask them about their own experiences. Listen carefully. Not only can you learn more about their backgrounds, their preparation, and their careers to that point, but you can also pick up tidbits of information that become the key clues and leads you might need for a future job opportunity.
     
  • Ask questions. If you happen to interview, don't forget to think about some questions you want answers for at that time. Remember, it is your opportunity to learn just as much about them as they are trying to learn about you.
     
  • Business cards. Don't forget yours and don't forget to ask for theirs, if it is appropriate. Get email addresses if they're not listed on the cards.

Frequently Asked Question
 
Q: Where can I find more information on computer graphics job finding?
A: Review the SIGGRAPH Five-Minute Career Mentor. This information is specifically designed for guiding you in areas of résumés, portfolios, job types, education, demonstration techniques, and research resources.
 
Checklist
  • Copies of your résumé.
     
  • Portfolio and demo tapes.
     
  • Business cards.
     
  • Conference schedule (for planning interviews).
     
  • Time for networking.

Feedback
 
This information was brought to you by SIGGRAPH Pathfinders, a volunteer group dedicated to mentoring of first-time conference visitors.
 
Please take a moment to help us help you. Share with us how this information improved (or could have improved) your conference experience. You can reach us at SIGGRAPH 2001 at the Pathfinder booth in main registration or via email: pathfinders@siggraph.org. Thank you.
 


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