Tuesday, April 27, 2010

AiDallas - Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Tune in Sunday night, May 2nd, as the Ai Dallas student animation project is featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition. The 90-second claymation segment that was produced by faculty and students at Ai Dallas has already starting airing as part of the promo for Sunday nights show that will air at 7pm central on ABC.

Special thanks to David Tart who lead the student team and Chas Naylor and Stephen Steinbach who assisted with the project.

The team is currently working on a documentary around how the segment was produced as a follow-up piece that may air on the ABC website.

Stephen Steinbach


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Industry Giants 2010 Student Competition

I can't believe it's that time again already! Last year, The Art Institute of Dallas was all over the Industry Giants event! We had several student volunteers working the event AND we also had 4 winners in the student competition (more than any other school). Let's make it an even bigger and better representation this year! Click here for more information on the student competition. Deadline to apply is June 1st.

Industry Giants is hosted by A Bunch of Short Guys and held at Collin County Community College, Spring Creek Campus.

Tour of Janimation Studios - May 15th

A Bunch of Short Guys has organized a tour of Janimation Studios on Saturday, May 15th. Go to their website for more information.

Monday, April 19, 2010

10 Job-Search Mistakes of New College Grads
People entering the job market (and all job seekers) should avoid these common errors.
By Charles Purdy

Although this year's college graduates are facing a tough job market (and the smart ones are facing it now, rather than waiting until after graduation), they have an advantage over other job seekers, according to Andy Chan, vice president of career development at Wake Forest University: they are among the age group most likely to be hired in coming months.
"Organizations are very interested in hiring young people because they have a lot of energy and are willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done," Chan says.

But no matter how well-positioned these young people are, they--and all job seekers--will have a better chance of success if they avoid these common job-hunting mistakes of new college grads:

1. Not being proactive enough
Emily Bennington, the author of "Effective Immediately: How to Fit In, Stand Out, and Move Up at Your First Real Job," says, "This isn't the time to sit back and be casual in your approach. Create a hit list of five to ten target companies, and really utilize your network to locate an 'in' at each."

2. Relying solely on the Internet
In a recent Yahoo! HotJobs poll, 57% of respondents said networking was a factor in landing their current or most recent job. Brad Karsh, president of JobBound, says, "When thousands of candidates are applying to the same jobs online and posting their resume to the same job boards, candidates need to stand out by making connections and networking their way into a company." Job boards are an important tool, but Karsh says new grads also need to focus energy on networking.

3. Not creating wide networks
Career expert Liz Ryan agrees: "Use your parents', grandparents', and friends' networks to help you in your post-graduation job search," she says. "Don't be shy--reach out to any long-ago Scoutmaster, choir director, or babysitting or leaf-raking boss. ... There's no statute of limitations on networking."

4. Not creating customized resumes
Ryan says, "Don't send out any resumes that simply list your courses, the degree you've earned, and your part-time and summer jobs--use this opportunity to make a stronger statement about what you want to do with your adult life." And according to Jay Block, the author of "101 Best Ways to Land a Job in Troubled Times," younger job seekers often haven't thought about what they have to offer an employer (as opposed to what they want to get from one). With this mindset, they create resumes that are "boring biographies" instead of effective marketing tools.

5. Misusing the Internet
Tory Johnson, CEO of Women For Hire and the author of "Fired to Hired," says, "New grads don't use LinkedIn--it's not sexy like Facebook or Twitter. But it's the best resource for getting names and building a professional identity. Don't overlook it."

6. Failing to follow up
Johnson says, "It's not enough to send resumes and pray the phone rings." She cautions that job seekers can't expect a resume to be discovered in that "big black online hole." "Hustle to follow up," she says.

7. Setting expectations too high
Johnson says new graduates too often focus on looking for the perfect job, instead of a first job: "Especially in this economy, the first job should be about finding a position where you'll learn a great deal, you'll be super busy, and you'll be surrounded by lots of people."

8. Appearing unprofessional
Make sure you're ready for employers' scrutiny, says Tim McIntyre, president and CEO of The Executive Search Group. That means you should "sanitize your MySpace page--right now. It will be checked," he says. He notes that many college students will need to change off-color voicemail greetings. Ryan adds, "Don't assume that Facebook's privacy settings will keep your youthful antics away from curious eyes. Rid your profile page of any photos of the 'three Bs' (beer, bongs, and bikinis)."

9. Not taking the job interview seriously
Even when you're applying for an unpaid internship, you need to adhere to common standards of professionalism. McIntyre says those standards include demonstrating you've done your research on the company and dressing appropriately. Block adds that new grads are often unprepared for tough (but standard) interview questions, such as "Where do you see yourself in three years?" and "What are your weaknesses?"

10. Not using the college's career office
"A career office can help [students] identify networking contacts, learn important job-search skills, and significantly improve their resume and cover letter," says Wake Forest University's Chan. Ryan agrees, but adds that this is just a first step. The career office's job is to "to prepare you for your job search, not to conduct it for you," she says. "Use LinkedIn, reach out to everyone you can, and begin researching employers who'd be likely targets for your job-search."

Friday, April 9, 2010

Slaves to the Art Club - PRESIDENT NEEDED

It is with regret that I announce the resignation of the Slaves to the Art President, Shawn Jones. Shawn started the club about a year ago and did a great job of leading the group, but has decided that he needs to focus on his studies at this point.

This now leaves that position open. If anyone is interested in leading the club, please email Amy Young at ajyoung@aii.edu . You must be in good academic, financial, and disciplinary standing with the school.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Career Services Week: April 19 - April 22

Career Services Week:

re·su·mé lab
Develop a great account of your educational and employment history!
Monday, April 19 Noon to 1:00pm Room 320

Job-a-palooza job fair
Find a job to pay the bills or Join a student organization!
Tuesday, April 20 11:00am to 1:00pm 8th floor

Learn to build and use a professional network within your field!
Wednesday, April 21 Noon to 1:00pm Room216

free·lance 101
Start your freelance career the right way!
Thursday, April 22 Noon to 1:00pm Room 216

*Light snacks provided*

Slaves to the Art - Spring Quarter


Mark your calendar! Spring quarter meetings begin Friday, April 16th!

Meetings will be held once a week, every Friday, from 12pm-1pm, in room 213.

Plans for this quarter include a trip to the Dallas Zoo, visiting a studio or having an industry professional visit the meeting, plus much more!

Everyone is welcome! See you there!

Questions? Contact Amy Young at ajyoung@aii.edu .