WorkInCulture Success Stories Podcast

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) appeals to many looking for work in the arts and culture sector. Aside from getting invites to social events and celebrations and post-festival wrap up parties, TIFF is committed to “ fostering an inclusive and accessible environment where employees feel valued and respected, and where every employee has the opportunity to realize their potential.” It’s no wonder they were selected as Greater Toronto Area’s Top Employers 2020. In this episode of WorkInCulture Success Stories, we spoke with TIFF’s Talent Acquisition Specialist, Melina Sevilla to find out how their hiring process has changed during the pandemic and how candidates can prepare for an interview at TIFF.

Melina Sevilla is a cultural worker and visual artist, with a background in arts education and community outreach. She is currently part of the Toronto International Film Festival’s People and Culture department, specializing in Talent Acquisition, after 5 years of experience working in volunteer management. In her current role, Melina is focusing on building and delivering an inclusive and accessible recruitment experience for job seekers of all backgrounds and abilities. Melina holds a BA in Art and Art History from the University of Toronto, and a post-graduate certificate in Arts Administration and Cultural Management from Humber College.

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    Have a look at the job posting and identify what the competencies are and prepare to answer based on that...don't shy away from providing examples outside of your professional life...but also articulate how the role in question fits into your career goals. -- Melina Sevilla, Talent Acquisition Specialist at Toronto International Film Festival

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    WorkInCulture is a nonprofit arts service organization that support the professional lives of artists, creative and cultural workers, and the organizations that support and engage them, through skills development, research, and career resources.

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