Helping creative workers find the right job

Emily Miethner

Emily Miethner (Credit: Galo Delgado)

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If "creative" isn't already Emily Miethner's middle name, perhaps it should be.

First, Miethner pulled together a Not All Artists Are Starving career panel for close to 90 of her fellow fine-arts majors at Hofstra University.

Then, she founded NY Creative Interns in Manhattan, a meetup group to support young creatives and help match them to jobs, internships and other professionals.

Now, the 2010 Hofstra grad is planning an all-day event April 21 in Manhattan for the creative crowd -- Find and Follow Your Passion, featuring speakers from the likes of AOL, Foursquare, Etsy, the Guggenheim, MTV, Mashable, LinkedIn and the television show "30 Rock."

So, why this focus on the innovative, imaginative, sometimes unconventional crew?

Miethner says she saw a lack of career resources geared to creative types, who are often in much smaller numbers on campuses and in some workplaces than, say, business and computer science majors. That's as creatives face the added challenge of finding their ways on career paths that are "much less defined," says Miethner, whose day-job is community manager for RecordSetter.com, a site that features people who've set world records. (Think fastest time to make a balloon animal or the most quarters bounced consecutively into a shot glass!)

While in college, she says, fellow students came to her for career advice, leading her to work with the school's career center on the panel of seven former arts majors who spoke on their own career paths.

That event was a springboard to forming NY Creative Interns, which has hosted more than 30 events for some 1400 attendees, she says. Attendees come from a range of backgrounds -- fine arts, marketing, advertising, graphic design, social media. Also showing up are those who've majored in, say, business or finance, but who want to work for an arts organization.

Besides weekly rundowns of job and internship opportunities, the site features posts of interest to creatives, including success stories in which one young woman wrote, "Even a boring-sounding, corporate internship can have plenty of room for a creative type. You just have to -- ahem -- be creative about it."

Here are career tips from Miethner and Marny Smith, community manager for NY Creative Interns:

-- "Competition for creative jobs is fierce, so it's important to get your name out there. Develop your online presence. Teach a Skillshare class on a topic you know a lot about. Work on a short-term project with Catchafire, which matches professionals who want to give their skills with nonprofits and social enterprises that need their help. The more you do to raise your standing as a professional, the more opportunities will come to you."

-- "Join social networks specifically designed for creatives. Some of our favorites are Behance, Coroflot, and Dribble. Joining these sites will enable you to network with like-minded creatives, share your work, and get access to creative-specific jobs and internships."

-- "Don't be afraid to post your work online, but only share your best work. Don't make future employers do the work of wading through everything you've ever made."

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