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Topic # 150508 24-Jul-2014 23:43
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Hey guys, I'm on the job hunt. It sucks but it's gotta be done!

For the last four years I've been freelancing 3D art and animation and have had three years full-time employment as a 3D artist before that. But the freelancing just isn't cutting it anymore.
So I'm now faced with the reality that I need to get myself a permanent job.

The VFX and gaming industry in NZ is tiny. I think I should be looking for a job in another industry. Are any of my skills transferable?

I'm highly skilled with 3DsMax and Adobe Photoshop, and am generally pretty computer savvy.

Also moderately skilled in various other software like Mudbox, Motionbuilder, Adobe Premiere, MS Office.

I self-published a scifi novel in 2013 and followed it with a novella (now editing a full length sequel).

I'm pretty switched on to social media - I managed The Empire Tavern's social presence for a few months. And redesigned their menus.

Any job hunting advice or inside scoops from my favourite Geeks?

(Anything but McDonalds or Countdown) ;)

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  Reply # 1095313 24-Jul-2014 23:58
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As someone who has waded through hundreds of CVs I have some advice.

 

  • Get someone to proofread your CV; preferably a prendantic grammar nazi. 
  • Don't make it a big list of software.
  • Make sure you represent all of your non technology skills.  For example things like third party and vendor management, rostering staff et al.
If you think your writing skills are good, make a big feature of this.  I'm currently in the process of moving technical standards out of draft, and most of the content hasn't been written for a human to read.  Most technical people can't write.  A big part of people moving out of purely technical roles into architects roles is having the ability to both present information well both in writing and in person.



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  Reply # 1095425 25-Jul-2014 10:08
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Thanks, that's excellent advice! I'm pretty sure my CV is well done, and I've only included a list for the software at the end after my non-tech skills and employment history.

I wonder how I could make use of my writing? I'm not very fast (around 40wpm touch typing, no errors) but I am the resident grammar nazi.... The technical writer jobs I've seen on Seek require several years experience in their particular industry.

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  Reply # 1095440 25-Jul-2014 10:17
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I'd pitch it more around good communication skills.  That's a very marketable commodity. 

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