As we talked about how much #salary we will get in the industry, we will need find our WAY to get in there. Some of the important things we need to prepare in order to stands out are portfolio and resume.
Your 3D animations work in your #portfolio may speak for themselves, but your #resume gives you a chance to describe how you acquired your skills and other aspects of your experience that can set you apart from the competition for a position in animation. You may find it helpful to look over a resume sample to see how to include your skills and work history in addition to your portfolio or other presentations of your work.
Generally speaking, formatting and organization are essential components of a successful resume. Your resume should be detailed, informative, and easy to skim.
For a Student or #RecentGraduate: Focus on #Internships and #In-School Achievements
Because some of us do not have work experience, we will have to rely more heavily on our demo reel and portfolio - Resume can be a showcase about other skills. List about your internship experiences, projects you have collaborated with, and other technical and personal skill you possessed. Make sure to list your education before your experience (only for students and new grads), though, and list your GPA if it’s above 3.5. If you graduated cum laude or summa cum laude, make sure to include that too.
Always Include a #Website Link
You can only fit so much information into your resume and portfolio, especially as you update both over the course of your career, and someone reading your resume might not have easy access to either. They might, however, be able to easily get to your web page, where you can unite all the distinct elements of your experience and skills into a single presentation piece. You can include your resume and add further details that didn’t fit on the page; you can expand on your portfolio and online demo reel with additional images and videos beyond what was available in the sample pieces; you can also give them access to interactive works that may not have worked in demo reel format. It’s a place to give a little more personal information about yourself, too, but without venturing into the unprofessional; you should keep the same taboos in mind with your website as you do with your demo reel. Overall it should be well-designed, and should create a cohesive image of you as a highly qualified professional.
If you have a strong presence on sites like LinkedIn, you may want to include that link on your resume as well.
Don’t Forget Your List of #Skills
Depending on whether you’re a traditional or computer animator, this may be a list of areas where you have expertise (cel painting, stop motion animation, keyframing, cleanup, etc.) or a list of technical skills and software, (Adobe Photoshop CS5 ,Adobe Flash 5.5, Maya, 3D Studio Max, bump mapping, inverse kinematics, etc.). Most animation jobs require very specific skill sets or software knowledge, and to keep from being passed over you need to be sure that your resume makes it clear that you have experience in these areas.
Use Design Elements and Sample Artwork Sparingly
It is important to keep your resume with simple, elegant designs, for the most part. It will show some professionalism from your personality.
Never Go Over Two Pages
Optimally a student resume should be one page. If you can’t fit your experience and skill into one, you’re giving too much detail or focusing on things that does not really matter. Make sure they want to be interested into you and want to get to know more about things you have written in your resume.