Creative Arts Opportunities Conference
We welcome all students interested in creative careers to attend the Creative Arts Opportunities Conference. The Creative Arts Opportunities Conference is a career fair to connect students interested in creative industries from the College of Fine Arts and beyond. Opportunities can include, but are not limited to: Art, Architecture, Drama, Graphic & Industrial Design, Music, Animation & Gaming, Writing, Innovation, Lighting/Scene/Exhibit Design, Marketing & Advertising, Branding, Usability/User Interface/Interaction Design/Research/ Management, Teaching, Museum Management, and Public Service with employers with full-time or summer internship opportunities.
Eligible to Attend: The CAOC career fair is for currently enrolled, degree-seeking Carnegie Mellon University students and Carnegie Mellon alumni ONLY.
February 20, 2014*
University Center - Rangos Ballroom
Preparing for Career Fairs - Student Advice
Students may pre-register for the CAOC on TartanTRAK.
Select 'Events' at the top of the page after logging into TartanTRAK.
View a list of participating employers
There are other career related programs, workshops and panels geared towards specific CFA schools. For Art, Drama, Music and BXA, College of Fine Arts Alumni Career Panels (formerly making a Living, Living Your Dream) helps students explore careers, develop strategies to pursue career and artistic goals successfully, and network with alumni from throughout the country. These events feature guests from a range of artistic professions and endeavors.
Additional events for the School of Design are part of Confluence, which includes a number of ways for design students and potential employers to interact and is partnered with the CAOC.
Student ID and Nametags
Nametags are NO LONGER required for admission to CPDC Career Fairs, but will be provided to students who want them. Look for the nametag stations near the entrance.
Getting Ready - Career Fair Tips
- Update your resume and have it reviewed by your Career Consultant during Resume Blitz week
- Be sure to bring several copies of your resume (one per company in which you have interest, plus extras)
- Think about whether you will show creative work and how you will do so [printed portfolio or leave behind portfolio teaser, IPad or tablet]
- Meet with your Career Consultant to ask questions, and attend CPDC workshops.
- Review the Career and Professional Development Center Career Success Guides entitled Job Fairs [.pdf] and Professional Presentation [.pdf]
- Watch the "Preparing for Career Fairs - Advice From CMU Students" video on the CPDC YouTube Channel
- Watch the "How to Navigate a Job Fair" streaming video file (used with permission by Purdue)
- Check your coat and backpack (inquire at check in as to location)
Who can attend?
The CAOC is open to all students; however it is geared to students and alumni from the Schools of Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music and the BXA programs. Other CFA programs and Confluence are for CFA Schools only.
How can I find out which employers or organizations will be attending?
We will continue to update our online list of professional attendees. Check TartanTRAK for the most up to date list.
Do students need to register to attend the Career Fair?
Pre-registration is highly encouraged but not mandatory. Register early! You may also walk-in.
How shall I dress for the Career Fair?
Dress as if you were attending an opening night or a nice gallery opening. Imagine that you would be meeting other performing or visual artists whose work you respect (because you will). This means nice skirt or pants outfit for women and nice pants and shirt (maybe a tie) for men. If you are planning to network with the hope of securing leads for an internship or job, dress it up a little bit. If you are simply networking to learn more about career and artistic options, you can be a little more casual. Talk with your career consultant if you want more details.
What companies are offering jobs? Which are offering internships?
The online list of attendees contains this information.
What if I have a class conflict with a CFA Alumni Panels/CAOC/Confluence event that I wish to attend?
Talk with your professor. Tell her or him about the program that you wish to attend and how it relates to your professional development. If the professor will not excuse you, talk with your career consultant to explore other options.
Next Day Interviews (Feb 21)
Unlike other career fairs, the Day-After CAOC interviews offer the opportunity to be PRE-SELECTED for an interview. Interviews are live in TartanTRAK NOW and will be added as companies register.
- You must submit your resume for each company interviewing in the Jobs section of TartanTRAK (all opportunities are in TartanTRAK) separate from registration! Clicking interest button or checking the box is NOT submitting your resume to employers.
- Submit to the CORRECT RESUME SUBMISSION. Each company has a separate posting for ALL STUDENTS [non CFA affiliated primary majors degrees or programs] which any student [except CFA affiliated] may submit to, and on for CFA STUDENTS ONLY [includes CFA primary majors and the following CFA affiliated majors and programs: BXA and MPD primary majors ONLY! Others will be REMOVED. *Some companies differ if they modified their original posting we created [made them specific with titles or for internship versus full time etc…]
- All interviews on Feb 21 in the UC are CAOC/Confluence related you may submit to these as well.
- You do not have to accept every interview you are selected for. If you are not interested please allow others the opportunity. If you no longer wish to have an interview you signed up for, it can be cancelled without penalty before the Cancellation deadline.
- Not all employers will use the pre-select process. Most will pre-select some interview slots and also leave some open for students they meet at the CAOC.
- If your status still says pending after the signup State Date, or Alternate Sign up Start Date, the employers either chose not to pre-select, or not to mark you as not selected. You will still have an opportunity to speak with them at the CAOC.
- If you are pre-selected, bring a copy of your scheduled interviews with you to the career fair so that you can add additional interviews if you wish.
- Try not to over-schedule yourself and do allow yourself breaks. Try not to schedule too many interviews back to back so that you are not late for the next interview.
- PAY ATTENTION TO DEADLINES! Below is an example of individual postings which may have modified deadlines! If you are pre-selected by an employer, you must pick your time in TartanTRAK BEFORE the Pre-Select Deadline, ETC…
Interview Date: Feb 21, 2014 - Pre-select Schedule Details
Resume Submission Dates
January 16 - February 9
February 14 - 18
Alternate Sign-Up Start Date
February 14 - 18
Keep up to date with Search Agents
- Create a Search Agent
- Click advanced search and Search Agent Creation
- Check the box and name your search
- Enter criteria (Show me: All Interviews, Interviews (OCR) Interview Date: February 21, 2014)
- Click Submit
- You are able to re-run this search at any time by clicking on Search Agents
- To Schedule to run Automatically
- Click on the Search Agents button
- Click Schedule for your search agent
- Click "yes" to enable scheduling
- Pick period and multiple (for example, if you want a daily update choose Period: day, Multiple: 1)
- Decide if you want the complete list every day, or only new updates.
- Hit submit
Show Up and Be On Time for Interviews!
- Per our Interview Cancellation and No-Show Policy, your TartanTRAK and on campus interviewing privileges may be revoked
- Check-in and waiting room for interviews will be in Wiegand Gym (some of our CPDC Career Partners will interview in the CPDC, Lower Level of the UC). Signs will be posted, so make sure you are in the right place! Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes before your interview
- Before your interview, check your name off on the sign-in sheet for the organization you are interviewing with to indicate you are present and have a seat in the waiting area. The employer will come to the waiting area and call your name. Students are not permitted in the interview area unattended.