Register Now | Online Workshop: Job Hunting Strategies During the Pandemic

Register Now | Online Workshop: Job Hunting Strategies During the Pandemic
Image: Maria Villafranca, Image Courtesy: Maria Villafranca

February 18 online workshop will provide an overview of all stages of a job search during the pandemic.

Join New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) at its next online workshop, “Job Hunting Strategies During the Pandemic.” Designed to support individual artists and arts professionals from anywhere they have internet access, the webinar will provide insights into a job market that is influenced by the outbreak of the coronavirus. Maria Villafranca, NYFA Coach and Director of Marketing at Design Museum Everywhere, will present on the topic on Thursday, February 18, 2021, from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST.

Workshop Description:
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all aspects of our lives—including, of course, the job market. With many arts organizations struggling, job hunting has become more competitive and the process for finding opportunities very different with shifting job responsibilities and largely virtual interviews and networking. Whether you are an entry-level job seeker or an experienced manager, this workshop will provide an overview of all stages of a job search during the pandemic—from finding opportunities, building transferable skills, applying, interviewing, and negotiating an offer. We’ll cover arts-specific resources from a range of disciplines, virtual interviews, and how to strategically network in the field. You’ll walk away with a clearer sense of how to navigate the current job market and frame your career for new opportunities in the arts.

This workshop is geared toward arts and culture employees at all career stages, and will walk you through all aspects of searching for a job including:

  • Defining your dream job and how to develop transferable skills: We’ll discuss a range of career options in the visual, literary, and performing arts that are available now and when the pandemic is over, and key questions to consider in tailoring your search.
  • Reviewing how to locate opportunities and network virtually: In addition to an overview of arts-specific employment resources, we’ll talk about informational interviews, staying informed about the field, and virtual networking.
  • Sharing application strategies: We’ll define tips for creating and adapting your cover letter and resume for each application, including common missteps!
  • Providing interview insights: We’ll review how to prepare for a virtual interview, how to respond to challenging questions, and key questions that you should ask potential employers.
  • Previewing what comes next: Finally, we’ll talk about job offers, how to negotiate, and how to build lasting relationships in the field.

Title: Job Hunting Strategies During the Pandemic
Presenter: Maria Villafranca, NYFA Coach and Director of Marketing at Design Museum Everywhere
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST*
Location: Zoom Webinar Platform, online and anywhere you have Internet access
Program Fee: $25
Registration: Please register for the program here.
Questions: Email [email protected].

*This webinar will be recorded and shared with all previously-registered participants after the session concludes. It will be available for viewing up to three months after the workshop date.

Presenter’s Bio:
Maria Villafranca is the Director of Marketing at Design Museum Everywhere (a job she got during the pandemic!) and a nonprofit management consultant with over 15 years of leadership experience at a range of arts organizations. She specializes in supporting creatives to manage career transitions and/or navigate acute issues such as asking for a raise or handling employee conflict. She has presented on nonprofit management, creative careers, and cultural resources at organizations across the country. She has also held positions, primarily in leadership roles, at The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Asian Arts Initiative, Pace Gallery, Marbella Gallery, and the Dactyl Foundation for the Arts & Humanities. She has a BA degree in Art History and English from Rutgers University and a MFA degree in Fiction from Brooklyn College. She currently lives in Philadelphia, PA.

Our online workshops and NYFA Coaching are part of NYFA Learning, which includes professional development for artists and arts administrators. Sign up for NYFA’s free bi-weekly newsletter to receive updates on future programs.

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