Vancouver’s Digital Entertainment Sector is Hiring
In preparation for our annual Digital Entertainment Career Fair we asked some our hiring studios to share their advice on how best to prep for the event. Summarized below you’ll find top tips from Vancouver’s hiring experts on how to make the best possible impression with your dream studio. Just don’t forget to register first!
Navigating a Digital Entertainment Career Fair: Job Applicant Tips
1. Do Your Research
- Find out everything you can about the participating companies
- Find out what types of roles are available in the company you’re interested in
- Come prepared with questions regarding the company and its current openings
2. Be Presentable
- Pick smart casual clothing and avoid the three-piece suit
- Wear sensible shoes — you’ll be on your feet for most of the time you’re in the fair. Make sure you’re comfortable.
3. Be Friendly
- Candidates that present themselves in a friendly, positive, professional matter will always stick out as someone recruiters would want to follow up with.
4. Go Digital
- Don’t bring paper resumes! Companies prefer job seekers to apply online through their website via the careers or job postings section.
- Bring your portfolios, demo reels and other work samples pre-loaded on a device or stored on a thumb drive. Internet may not be readily available.
- If your schedule allows, you may find it easiest to start with the employers in which you’re less interested. This will allow you to hone your approach and to be most confident when you approach the employers you’re especially excited about.
- Be sure to balance this tip with the reality that you may have little time and that many job-seekers may be interested in the same employers. Assume that you will need to wait to speak with some employers.
6. Be efficient
- Be mindful of how much of the recruiter’s time you are taking. Take the time ahead of the Fair to practice your introduction, your portfolio pitch and really finetune your list of questions.
- If you’re bringing a reel, make sure it’s ready to go!
7. Take notes
- The representative at the fair may not be able to answer all of your questions or know specifics about your job interests.
- When you inquire about next steps and the possibility of talking with additional managers, be sure to write down the names, telephone numbers, etc. of other staff in the organization whom you can contact later.
- Note specific employer information sessions, on-campus interviewing and projected hiring dates that will affect you. You will not be able to take advantage of this information if you don’t record it.
8. Bring Snacks and Water
- Granola bars are always a good idea. Try not to bring messy food that you’ll have to clean off afterwards
- Remember to stay hydrated
- Follow up within a few weeks to any connections that you made at the career fair. Don’t let all your hard networking go to waste!
10. Stay Tuned
- Many studios have open applications year-round for all sorts of positions.
- For example: Sony Imageworks is always looking for eligible candidates across all our departments and at all levels. They also have an internship and apprentice program for those with little to no film experience as well.
Thanks to all of the hiring managers that participated! You can see a full list of hiring studios on our Career Fair 2019 registration page.
??? About the Vancouver Digital Entertainment Career Fair
Presented by the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) this is North America’s largest professional recruiting event for the digital entertainment and interactive industry.
Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre East
Tickets: Free for Post-Secondary Students and Professionals