From looking through scads of resumes from artists and from hearing feedback about them from our artists ALONE, I can tell you these wee basics: * For God's sake LABEL YOUR SHIT. Put your name, the position you're aiming for, your phone number, e-mail, and street address (if it can fit) on EVERYTHING. CDs, tapes, everything. You'd be surprised how annoying this can be. I can tell you that we got literal trash bags full of resumes and such from Siggraph, and things get separated - labels help a LOT. * cough up the extra $0.50 for better packaging or whatever. Jewel cases for CDs can shatter (plastic DVD cases are stronger, and you can pick them up FOR FREE at your local Blockbuster if you go in and nicely ask them if they have any extras - same for tape cases), and tapes easily slip out of paper cases. Papers can bend and fold if you put them in crappy envelopes or folders. You don't have to try and wow possible employers with how badass your folder is - just give them something that keeps your stuff from breaking. * Please try to keep everything together. In sorting through those trash bags, I had to chase down countless tapes and CDs and DVDs that got separated from their resumes. The thoughtful people who put everything in a well-organized plastic folder-bag-thing... man, I wanted to give them a big sloppy french-kiss in thanks. That statement aside, organization might not get you hired, but it's definitely a plus, and at a base level, it ensures that all your crap will get there in one piece. Now. All the other professional stuff? Our artists echo that. Try to do: - good quality low-poly models. A lot of polys make things look nice, and make things go sloooooooooooooow. If you can make something look really awesome with a tiny amount of polys, you can practically write your own meal ticket. Or so I've heard ::grin:: - once again, don't put crap in there. If you're not 100% sure that what you're featuring is something you'd want to be represented by, just don't put it in there. Imagine that you're only going to be judged on ONE THING you put in there - you should feel that confident about all your material - don't rush yourself. There's not going to be a universal shut-down of hiring artists. Take the time you need to feel really good about your portfolio. Don't take forever to get your ducks in a row, but don't rush yourself to an unsatisfying conclusion. - remember that this is a DAMMED TOUGH FIELD, and even the most talented can take years to break in to the business. Not getting in doesn't mean you suck. I mean, you still might, but don't automatically assume this is the case. And no matter what happens, take failure gracefully. - practice all the time, and bug everyone you can for feedback. That's my limited knowledge. Best of luck to all.