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A New Community Volunteer Vacancy

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 10, 2012, 5:27 PM
Do you love deviantART and its community? Do you have a lot of experience with it? Do you do a lot for the community; like featuring art and running groups, contests and projects? Do you have a positive presence on dA and leadership abilities? Are you 18 or older?

If you answer 'yes' to those, perhaps you should look into applying to be Community Volunteer for Community Projects :)

In my experience, the Community Relations team is a wonderful group of people, and if you're heavily engaged in deviantART, helping out from a CV position is one of the best experiences you can get :happybounce: This counts whether you're applying for Community Projects, or for another area.

I should make clear that I am not leaving the Community Relations team myself; I will still be a volunteer :) I will just focus more on mentoring and the chats & forums and on personal projects myself.

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A few Q&A
:eager: Please ask me your questions! I've answered a few obvious ones already below.

:ponder: by Taimotive In short, what's the main role of the CV of Community Projects?
Primarily helping and supporting other people with their contests and projects, promoting awesome projects and generally looking after the Community Projects galleries.
If you have any other specific questions about this please do ask!

=( (Sad) Why are you stepping down from Community Projects?
Because it will be best for the gallery to have someone dedicated to it. I am on a break from it to focus on my internship right now, but after my internship I will look for another job again, next to my study... and in the meantime I do many other things for the CR team and the rest of the community too. Having someone specifically dedicated to Community Projects would be much better.

Waaaah! Will you still be a volunteer? Will you still be around?
Definitely! I'll stay on the team as a Mentor and as a Chat & Forum CV. I'll also use any extra time and energy to work on other projects on dA so you'll see me around at least as much.

Bucktooth When are we going to get some blogs about your internship?
I don't have enough to fill weekly blogs and keep them remotely interesting to anyone but me xD But I'm certainly planning to write something about my experiences so far later.

:-? (Confused) Your question here ;D Please ask away! :)


Interested in volunteering for the community?
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:iconpascua-tanya:
Pascua-Tanya Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not bad that I say this but: I want to be a CV! =D.

I am saying this with full consciousness about of because I want to be a Volunteer and I know the great responsibility that comes with being in this position. I love the community and I am making many contributions, trying to help others in the best way possible. My main motivation is the community and this should be the same for those who also want to be a CV :). There are people who apply to be a CV because they love and do community work. But there are also people who apply for  have the symbol of Volunteer or to be known.

I sent lots of applications for CV (I can not remember how many are in total XD) but I never received an answer, but I know why: I did not do enough to help the community in times past. But this time I increased my efforts and I improved my contributions. I have more experience, I know I'm ready to be a CV and do not stop until I get it. I'm sending applications again and again, according I consider it necessary, to continue insisting. I do it for the community, much more than for myself. Many people whom I given help (some of the Hispanic community) think I deserve to be Volunteer for all the help I've given them. They say this, not me, and that has motivated me to continue to apply, because I would like to become the Volunteer that they want me to be. And if they could help me do that, I'm sure they would do, since many of them are willing to support me just as I gave my support and help to them ^^.

But They can not help me because they can not go the Moonbeam13 profile and beg to select me as a Volunteer, because it's not how it works. But even there I also would like to give them the opportunity to they help me on this, because it's what they want. What advice would you give me?.

I'm sorry if asking for help from others for this is something very end -_-
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Hi! Thanks for sharing your story :hug: And good job asking for help! That's an immediate +1 on your communication skills (see below) :P Sure I can give some advice! Do note that this advice comes from my perspective, merely as a volunteer mentor, I don't actually get to choose volunteers.

My advice will not be much about you personally since I don't know you and I can go only from what you've said about yourself. From what you say, you are probably already well on your way and you're building up the most important things: motivation and experience. So for my advice I'll focus on a different point that may not be mentioned a lot.

The position of Community Volunteer takes many "intangibles", skills that are hard to measure. Communication skills. Emotional intelligence. They're hard to judge or measure, especially for your biased self. (I feel like probably, one reason why many people take years before they're ready to be a CV is that they needed to mature some skills they didn't realise they lacked.)

I can think of two things that are relatively easier to judge and improve:
  • your grasp on the English language. It's obviously a large part of the particular communication skills you'll need as a CV and you probably know pretty well where you are on that scale. There's also many ways of practicing it. (This point only applies if it's not your mother tongue. Some people communicate badly even in their first language, but then there's other problems that cannot be fixed as easily.)
  • written communication specifically. This is what you'll be doing after all.
Getting better at written communication is easier for a few reasons:
  1. You might have a better base to start from. If you talk well, it can be easier to learn to write well. Largely the same rules apply.
  2. It can be easier to ask for help or feedback in writing than in person.
  3. You can take your time to think as you write, and you can look back at what you wrote before you send it.
So, based on that theory, here's a few things anyone could practice to check and improve their relevant intangibles:
  • Improve your English, probably at least until you can confidently make yourself understood.
  • Use your offline skills and pay some attention to how you apply them offline.
  • Ask feedback on things you write, talk to people about your ambition, ideally people who know you AND the specific position.
  • Write consciously and think of whether you're expressing what you mean. Rewrite some things before you send them.
  • (Oh, and google 'emotional intelligence' because I've been talking about communication skills only =P )
I want to make one thing very clear: you don't need to be great at these things. You need to be decent enough at them that you can be trusted to take a leadership responsibility. Actually, all of us have messed up, we've all made mistakes, sometimes stupid mistakes. Many of us have been "told off" so to speak, we realised we were wrong, and did it right the next time.

So maybe, what matters isn't how good you are now, but how fast you can get better. It's how quickly you can screw up and learn from it.

You don't need to be very good at all these things I mentioned, it's just that a CV shouldn't be terrible at them. And people who are good at learning, won't be terrible for long. At least not at things they care about. (Surprise: motivation is more important than anything else we're talking about.)

So my final and central piece of advice is:

Keep learning.

I appear to have accidentally written an essay. :dummy: I hope this is helpful to some.
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AikoSukoshi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Wait. I thought community volunteers had a ' next to their names o.o
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Interface Designer
The ` is for senior members (some of whom used to be Community Volunteers), current CVs have a ^ :)

(See FAQ #106: What are the symbols in front of each deviants nickname?)
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AikoSukoshi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Oh. O.o
Derp moment. Luuuul.


Another question, then. So say someone is 1 month old right, but has had an enormous influence on the community.so can that one month old deviant become a senior member? ; w;
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Technically, yes. But I don't think they'd want to give them seniority yet, usually it takes at least around a year ^^
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AikoSukoshi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Have you had any cases where you've given seniority to someone younger? o.o
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Interface Designer
I don't give seniority myself, and I don't think it's ever gone to someone that's been on dA for a lot less than a year (except perhaps in the first years of dA itself...)
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AikoSukoshi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Oh lol.
Thanks for the help.)
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Interface Designer
No problem :)

Why, do you have anyone in mind that should be a senior? :D
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:iconidjpanda:
iDJPanda Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Not 18 yet. :saddummy:

But hey! I can still help out in the community without being a CV! :dummy:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Certainly! And maybe next time :hug:
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:iconidjpanda:
iDJPanda Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student General Artist
:tighthug: :heart:
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xxHarmoniousChaosxx Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Writer
A word of advice to applicants:

Be sure this is a responsibility you want.
Be sure you are personally cut out for the post.
Be sure your public record is clean.
Be ready for scrutiny.
Be sure you can speak and represent the community without bias or judgements.
Be patient.
Be ready for the team to be amazing.
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Shadowelve Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the last point :giggle:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Thank you :thanks:
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Woohoo! I got my application sent in. :D Best of luck to everyone, and thanks for sending us this information so that I could because more involved. :dummy:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:w00t:!
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iingo Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
only two more months then i am 18 YES! I WANNA HELP I WANNA HELP LOL

I mean sure. I have dealt with all those factors of being a cv
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Good luck :)
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SonAmyFan362 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Still eagerly waiting for my Chats & Forums application, to see if I get accepted. I know I need to be patient. But, I do wish to see how well I can perform as a Volunteer. I am curious if you can make me a Volunteer, even for a day. I am extremely curious as to how it must be, to be a Volunteer.

However, I'll understand if I have to wait a long time, though. I am just really itching to see how it feels to be a Community Volunteer.
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:giggle: I can't do that no sorry! Good luck.
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SonAmyFan362 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Oh. That's ok.

Thanks. It sure would be a nice Christmas present to get on here, eh?
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Mangakawannabe7 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would love to! I just don't know what I would be doing...BUT! I actually do have time to do it unlike a lot of people who are busy with work and such. I am on dA most of the anyways; might as well do some good for the community THAT I LOVE!
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Interface Designer
That's good - love for the community and having the time are important factors :D But experience is more important than time ; if you're not sure you're ready for it yet in that way, there's many other ways to do something good for the community, that will also help you get experience for when you apply later :#1:
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:iconsourkiss:
SourKiss Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would but i am not that smart lol~
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
lol :hug:
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:iconsourkiss:
SourKiss Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
heh thanks for being comforting~
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:iconamberrant:
Amberrant Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're the CV dA needs, but not the CV it deserves.
Or is it the other way around?
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
...I have no idea? :giggle: Judge for yourself!
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:iconkevster14:
kevster14 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
nope nope AND nope >.< :P
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:hug:
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:iconkevster14:
kevster14 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: :P man you taje time in replying to everyone I like you :D
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Hehe thank you :)
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:iconpwassonne:
pwassonne Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't have enough experience ^^" oh, and I'm too busy X_x
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:hug:
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:iconpwassonne:
pwassonne Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww thanks :hug:
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Congrats on the new intern position! :party: We'll miss your input with Community Projects, though. I hope you're enjoying it. :)
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Thanks a lot. :D I am :hug:
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awesomeizzy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not 18. :c
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Aww... that means more time to collect experience :#1:
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:iconawesomeizzy:
awesomeizzy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
18 months! :#1:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:happybounce:
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:iconawesomeizzy:
awesomeizzy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Until then, I shall plot. :evillaugh:
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bradleysays Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Good luck to everyone who has applied or will. :eager:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:la:
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:iconsilentkara:
SilentKara Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I gave up on applying after my 6th application :B
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Aww. Yeah, the application isn't the most important thing in itself ^^
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SilentKara Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a nice way to tell me I'm not suitable for it :XD: :huggle:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Sorry, I didn't mean to say that you're not. I don't know you well enough to judge. You may be now. But people seem to focus too much on applications here. It's not about the amount of applications, it's about what you did before them.
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