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Free arts and crafts in Palmer Park, summer 2018. (Photo © Vickie Elmer)

If you are interested in working for Mint Artists Guild this summer, start by registering with Grow Detroit’s Young Talents.

Then show up, with your resume, references and at least three work samples, for an interview with Mint. Your interview will take 20-30 minutes and you may bring a parent or relative, though that person will not be part of the interview.

This is the last of our three April interview dates. All hiring will be finished by May 15.

For interview tips, read this Mint blog post.

Mint Summer job interviews 2

If you are interested in working for Mint Artists Guild this summer, start by registering with Grow Detroit’s Young Talents.

Then show up, with your resume, references and at least three work samples, for an interview with Mint. Your interview will take 20-30 minutes and you may bring a parent or relative, though that person will not be part of the interview.

We will schedule three open interview days in April. All hiring will be finished by May 15.

For interview tips, read this Mint blog post.

Mint Summer Workers spend a lot of time painting for the Paint Detroit with Generosity initiative. (Photo: © Brendan Ross)
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Make the most of your job interview: Interview tips for emerging creatives

Posture and non verbal communication makes a big statement in job interviews. Photo: MorgueFile

If you’re searching for a creative summer job, with Mint Artists or elsewhere, get ready for job interviews. 

 These may be nerve wracking or thought provoking, frustrating or fruitful. And they are generally one key to landing a job. There’s plenty of research and advice available on job search and job interviews, some of it written by me for Fortune magazine or The Washington Post.

Most of that advice focuses on adults. This advice is aimed at young people, ages 14 to 21, who are seeking a meaningful summer job.

Prepare. Prepare. Prepare.   Read the organization’s website, blog and social media posts a day or two before your interview. Check LinkedIn and professional association websites too. This will help you ask good questions during the interview – and answer a likely question: Why do you want to work here?   Hint: Find something you like, and be honest. But don’t say you want to earn money, that’s not a great answer, according to The Balance Careers.  Choose your clothing ahead of time (and go more professional and net, even for creative jobs) and select a notebook to take with you.

Practice your answers.  Mock interviews or speed interviews are worthwhile, or ask your favorite aunt to ask some interview questions. Be prepared for some offbeat questions, especially if you’re going after a creative job in a creative organization. (I’ve been known to ask candidates about their super power or what fruit they most identify with.) Review and prepare for the most common interview questions, such as this list from job search giant Indeed. It’s especially helpful to know what you will say about your best skills and strengths and your weaknesses and to practice for those tell me about how you solved a problem or rescued a project inquires. 

Connect with the interviewer.  Find out who you will interview with, and read up on them, their causes and interests. See what they share on social media, and review their professional background on LinkedIn. Jot some notes in that notebook you’re bring. And prepare a question about their career or experiences that shows you did the homework.  

And a final piece:  Listen carefully during your interview and jot notes. Your body language shows you are attentive and engaged, so drink plenty of coffee or an energy drink ahead of time and don’t slouch or avert your eyes. Smile, for research shows it helps in getting hired, except if you are interviewing for a serious job. And follow these other listening tips from Job-hunt.org .

If you are interested in interviewing for a summer job with Mint Artists, you must live in Detroit, be ages 14 to 21 and register with Grow Detroit’s Young Talent.

Our 2020 interviews are scheduled for April 7, 18 and 23 in the Mint Studios in Palmer Park. Or contact us if you cannot attend that day.

© Vickie Elmer, 2019, for Mint Artists

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Summer jobs for creative youth

Mint wants to hire at least 10 and perhaps 12 young artists for our Creative Summer Jobs program. So we open up our job interviews to any artist from Detroit, ages 15 to 21, who is registered with Grow Detroit’s Young Talent, the city jobs program funded by foundations and businesses.
Come talk to us on April 17 or April 27, or wait until May 3 for an interview.
Please bring along contact information for two references – people who know you well, such as teachers, volunteer leaders, former managers, those who attend the same house of worship as you.
Practice interviewing with a friend, and watch for our blog post on interviewing tips coming soon.

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Our deadline for raising money for Mint’s startup and summer jobs program is just around the corner. We’ve already hired one young person to work for us – and hope to hire two more. So give today, whether it’s $10 or $100 or $1,000. The first paintings created this summer go to an array of Detroit nonprofit organizations.