- We hire people who are directly out of school. Many studios do. Recruiters will go to schools when graduates are presenting their student projects. Attend these events.
People write job postings. Job postings are fallible. Don’t take them as hard law. They have to put some kind of filter up to stop a flood of garbage. Create a good demoreel and apply.
- Most people will hardly even read your resume, and just look at the demoreel. Many of the people involved in hiring will not know the details of 3D or tech art. We will usually skim the resume just to make sure you are using the right software.
- What you are describing isn’t a paradox. It’s a mismatch of values between job-seekers and employers.
This diagram from “What Color is Your Parachute?” illustrates the problem:
If you want to learn more about how the recruitment & job application process is broken, read “Designing Your Life” by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. Chapter 7 shows how it is broken. Chapter 8 (and the rest of the book) give a way of naturally networking with people. “What Color Is Your Parachute?” also covers these topics. Sending in resumes to job postings is the least effective way to try and find a job, but it is the most common and the most competitive.