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So you want to be a CV...

Tue Mar 6, 2012, 11:58 AM

Sometimes I like to wander through the communityrelations group, and I always come across comments from people so willing to become volunteers, I constantly come across people who say "Applied for ___ gallery!", "I can't wait to be 18 to apply!", "I so want to be on the team!", there are some who list the complete CR roster in their personal profiles, who openly say in their tagline, signatures or devIDs "Hoping to be a CV one day", etc. This is specially evident in the The Community Relations Team journal, where the opening positions are listed.

To those people: take this journal just as a personal opinion and a friendly advice from a fellow community member, someone who loves the community and is willing to contribute and give back the way one can. This comes from my personal experience, shouldn't be taken as the whole Community Relations nor deviantArt's official stance.

I think is great that people is so enthusiastic and passionate about volunteering.  I'm not Moonbeam13 and only she knows what she looks for when selecting new CVs, I'm not speaking for her here, but... if I were her I think I would take that passion people demostrate into account during my selection process . I'm pretty sure she does, after all, the process of becoming a CV starts by wanting it.

But along those "I want to be a CV" comments, there are also disappointment demostrations from people who applied for a position but didn't get selected, or when they are below 18 so they can't apply yet, when the positions they are hoping for are not open yet. etc.  I'm not condemning those, it's just logic to feel disappointment when you don't get something you wanted.

However know it's not the end of the world and this certainly doesn't mean you'll never become a CV, it just means it's not your time just yet. Maybe you do need to make some adjustments, maybe you need to work on your community involvement or even have a motivation adjustment, etc. But sometimes even if you're doing everything right, you still might don't get it. In a community this large, many apply for a position in a small group, it is obvious many people will get rejected just for a matter of logic, Moonbeam13 simply can't select all of you! But once again; be patient, your time may come soon!

Want to be a CV? Start acting like one!

Wanting and trying to become a CV is certainly not wrong at all of course, but sometimes I wonder if people is not more concentrated on becoming a CV rather than doing what a CV does. I know it sounds like it's the same thing but it isn't. It's obvious that not everybody can be a CV, but the more people do what a CV does I think this would be a better community.

We're a community of millions, and in a community as large as this, the group of volunteers needs the help of people willing to be helpful, to make others aware of what is going on, to help in giving education and exposure to others, they need your support and your help in practical ways. In short: people who act like volunteers, even if they aren't officially. Imagine if only volunteers did all that, their efforts wouldn't be that effective, they need the help of the community to make things work.

So if you think about it, applying for a CV position and don't getting it is just a bump in the road, not the end of it, if you really want to help, to contribute and give back to the community, then start doing it. Don't wait until you actually become a CV to start acting like one. You don't need to be a volunteer, not even a senior for that. I know it has been said before but it remains true; You don't need a fancy symbol to do what a CV does. Basically you can do everything a volunteer does with a few obvious exceptions, like choosing DDs or locking forum threads, but what I think are the most important things a CV does remain free for everyone to do: promoting other's art, sharing resources, hosting fun events, activities and contests, mentoring a fellow deviant and more.

What's your motivation?

Ask yourself: why do I want to become a CV?

Do you want to do it to obtain "power", to become famous or get more respect? Or going further, do you only want to get a fancy symbol that looks cool besides your username?

If you said yes to any of these, this is not for you.  

"Community Relations adhere to a series of Core Values and if you’re interested in volunteering with it’s important you are familiar with them. You can read about them in FAQ #84: What are the Core Values of the Community Relations Department?"

Note how the very first value is: COMMUNITY: "We believe that our community is our most important resource and we strive to act in ways that nurture and encourage its growth, development and ultimately its ongoing success. We err on the side of the artist."

If the community is not your main motivation, volunteering is not for you. Volunteers love this site and are willing to take some of their free time to do things for the community, sometimes with no apparent retribution at all. Yes, featuring or helping other artists can be rewarding in itself, it makes people happy and they usually give you their gratitude, that is an awesome feeling! But beyond that, you don't really get anything else. In fact, things are not always warm and fuzzy, you might even get criticized, questioned, receive complaints or just plain hate, just for being a CV. It's not the norm, but trust me, it happens.

If despite all this you still want to become a CV, you love the community so much you're willing to give back to it, we get back to the starting point: what are you waiting for? you should already be doing it!

It should be enjoyable

Something I consider very important is that I think doing things for the community should be something you're willing to do on your own and should be something you enjoy. Shouldn't be something you feel an obligation or pressure for. And this applies for everybody, both volunteers and not volunteers. If you feel you have the obligation to do these things then maybe you should step back a little, take a break and ask yourself why you're doing these things.
This, applied specifically to people wanting to become volunteers and once again taking the motivation factor into account: remember you should be doing community-driven things because you want, because you enjoy it and because you love the community, not just because you want to become a CV.

Becoming a CV is like falling in love...

I know! cheesy comparision =P but I think it helps to prove my point. Becoming a CV is like falling in love: it simply can't be forced! it should come natural, if you need to force things, you surely are doing something wrong. If you go to a girl or a guy everyday and say to their face "I want to fall in love with you!"... that's not how it works. If you go to them everytime you get rejected and say "Why don't you love me?!"... that's not going to help your case. If you really want to be with this girl/guy you need to take little steps at a time and be patient. Well, same goes for becoming a CV, saying "I want to become a CV" in every opportunity you have is not really necessary, getting angry whenever you don't get it won't help you either.

Be patient and start doing little things, feature people in your journal, give some advice to fellow deviants who ask for critiques, go to the current CVs and offer your help, spread the word about their activities with your own watchers, etc. Something important: be friendly! And even more importantly: be genuine about it!

In closing

Let nothing stop you from doing what a CV does! Not because you don't have a volunteer symbol means you shouldn't be doing all that, in fact is all the way around, if you really want to volunteer in an official capacity one day you are already a step ahead and even if you're not a Community Volunteer right now, you are already making this community a better place :heart:

No Symbol Needed Stamp by ClefairyKid

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AKFid Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Great journal, thank you. :aww:
I was thinking about becoming a CV but I'm afraid I simply won't have enough time to give as much attention to the community as I would want to.
At least for the time being. (studies, work...):iconsighingplz:
I'll help in the ways I can for now and maybe send an application in a couple of months or a year. :aww:
Thanks again! 
StardustTrooper Featured By Owner Edited Apr 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In a few months, I'll be turning 18. But that doesn't mean I can't stop helping others! :la:
This is an awesome encouragement who wants to help others in a big way.
I may not have a heart next to me, but I'll sure try to give back to this community! :earth:

Thanks for writing this! :la:
GeorgeXVII Featured By Owner Edited Feb 16, 2016   Traditional Artist
Great Article Thiefoworld . :clap:
My favorite part : You don't need a fancy :heart: symbol to do what a CV does. I agree , and i give my best every day. And i'm very proud of my Beta/Star symbol :giggle: 
regards :hug:
Cameron-Ohara Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A good look into what it is to be a CV, and perhaps more importantly what it is to WANT to be a CV.  Thank you ^^
Letupita725 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those GIF's!
Well, I agree with you here.
What's so special with being volunteer?
Of course, It's so awesome to support dA and all that but I haven't seen a person wanting to be
one for the support. What so? The heart badge? Wierd?

PS: I am 18
SolarLunix Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Hey, thanks for writing this :)
DoctorSiggy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like this post very much. Despite not being 18 yet, because I have a long way to go... It certainly doesn't mean I can't be a positive contribution to the site. Hell, it might even get you brownie points in the future. Everyone loves brownie points... Or if you don't like brownie points and prefer cookie points, then go for those! Hurray for positive contributions! 
HappyGirl06 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha the gifs killed me!

But you're absolutely right! We can help the community grow without the cool symbol next to our name :)
LukasFractalizator Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting! Showing people what it obtains, what does it means, and what they should do!
HeyouPikachu123 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
My motivation is to be a part of a something to help make a positive difference. generic yes ,but a lie ,no
Finnyanne Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my, I even did not know about it *lol
Most people underestimate the amount of work which is behind that. I have my hands full with my RL job, RL in generell and managing our own little group properly.
Respect to everyone, who spends their time there :D
Svorec Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Student General Artist
whats a cv?
UJz Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
The manage specific galleries on DeviantArt (some do the forums and chats); they pick the Daily Deviation features from their respective galleries and often run community projects :) 

They're also the ones who have the heart username symbol :D 
Svorec Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Student General Artist
how do I become one does it say in the journal?
UJz Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Svorec Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Student General Artist
o ok
hyenacub Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I liked this article...I've read it before, but it's always worth a good read.  Though...

"sometimes with no apparent retribution at all"

I think you meant "restitution" there, not "retribution"?  That made me blink a bit. C:  Retribution i usually used to refer to one's punishment for evildoing.  Orrr.....  do you mean the CVs are evil??  :paranoid:  AWESOME!
Gegabyte Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
My, my, you really taught me something today man! Good job!
sagethethird Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Professional
CV to me = resume. as in post your CV to indeed and see if you get hired. ;) 

I am bad at the internet. For some reason I thought volunteers got briefed afterward on what they would be doing like you do in a real life volunteer position, and that it was aside from doing what you do regularly (i.e. being an upstanding member of a community) kind of like a moderator and such. :lol: 

I digress though, good article I suppose. I just wish there wasn't so much of an obsession towards becoming one, and that people who obviously didn't have that drive, or want, like you said "falling in love" were so interested in becoming one just for the "status". it's odd to think of it that way to me haha.

For some reason I also never knew there was such an obsession with becoming one O_o. that's really odd to me, and I had only learned about it through someone on linkedin, which piqued my intrest in it. That said, it kind of makes me wonder about the source of such an obsession. I mean like you said, it's great to want to volunteer but you need to act like one!
KiwiCocktail Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is lovely Thiefo! :clap:
Even though I have no interest in becoming a CV, this is such a motivational read :aww:
I really don't see what the big fuzz is about. Of course if you really love dA, you might want to get in touch with its core group and aren't afraid to sacrifice your free time for the community, but... As a non-CV, you can do so many things too! :heart:
I'd rather stick to my feature-writing and DD-suggesting on a non-regular basis, but I really respect the people who apply for this position. It's such a big responsibility! :wow: :love:
baecil Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
One day, i will be a staff ! (I think..)
LaggyGirl Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You need to work very hard.It is not to simple.I have read many about comunity stuff members,it is very hard to take this place.
SabakuNoShi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So true, it's a lot of work and big responsibility
TheAncynt Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Run away or youll get eaten 
cinnamonlover12230 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
one of these days I would like to become a staff member to help out anywhere and in the help room and stop anyone who brakes the rules and etiquette policy I am nice
Starlightdrops Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
One day I either will annoy the staff with how many apps i've sent in, or get the position X3
ThatWasLeftHanded Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Those gifs :lol:
PeppermintSoda Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
But trying to help the community is hard, especially for someone who still has school. :noes:

Wait, I realized that you have to be 18 in order to sign up for one. Let's just say that trying to help the community is hard, especially when you're in a university, or you have a hard time trying to manage your computer time because my (not "your", because I don't want to offend anyone here) parents said so. :noes:
Pascua-Tanya Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tu articulo es muy interesante Thiefo :nod:

Tienes razón al decir que para ser CV hay que empezar a actuar como uno. No se si tengas conocimiento de todas las veces que he intentado aplicar y no he sido aceptada (y las decepciones que tuve por eso). Es posible que creas que soy una de esas personas que quieren el puesto solo para lucir otro simbolo, para satisfacer un capricho o ser popular. Pero la realidad es otra. Desde siempre me ha gustado colaborar en dA pero solo me enfocaba en la comunidad hispana y pensaba esos aportes eran suficientes para poder convertirme oficialmente en Voluntaria pero no fue así. De hecho puedes notar que, en base a mis aportes a los hispanos, si he estado actuando como una Voluntaria (o casí como una ya que lo unico que no hacía era promociones de usuarios y concursos) pero nunca me cuestione acerca de lo que hay más allá de la comunidad hispana. En esos momentos, cuando recien comenzaba a realizar mis aportes en Ayu-dA, no sabía de la existencia de los Voluntarios ni de CR. Decidí aportar al grupo ya que, de alguna forma, me sentí motivada a ello. Quizas al ver la buena labor que hacía su equipo de colaboradores me animo a hacer lo mismo, y sin siquiera ser administradora del grupo. Comence siendo solo Miembro y ahora soy la Directora de Ayu-dA. Yo decidí por cuenta propia ser Colaboradora del grupo y gracias a mis aportes fuí ascendiendo de rango, hasta convertirme en la Directora después de que Darkyd decidiera irse por problemas personales :(. En verdad fue un gran honor recibir el mando del grupo y hasta hoy estoy ejerciendo muy bien mi labor ^^.

Sin embargo, cuando conocí a Alexandra (alexandrasalas) me sentí motivada a convertirme en CV pero en esos momentos (antes de ser siquiera la Directora de Ayu-dA) decidí no aplicar aun ya que sabía que aun no tenía la experiencia suficiente para esta posición por lo que no tenía sentido aplicar. Pero ahora si que lo tiene ya que me siento más experimentada e intente aplicar sin resultados positivos. Y el motivo era que no estaba dirigiendo mis aportes a la comunidad en general. Ahora he comenzado a realizar mis aportes de forma general (y en Inglés) y la verdad es que se siente muy bien. Estaba comenzando a olvidar lo que se sentía apoyar a la comunidad. Me di cuenta de que mi motivación no era la misma que tenía cuando comence a hacer mis aportes a la comunidad hispana pero ahora esa motivación esta regresando y estoy más que dispuesta a colaborar con la comunidad. Si lo he hecho en Ay-dA porque no debería hacerlo a nivel de todo dA?. Se que será difícil tener un gran alcance en la comunidad pero voy a hacer todo lo posible para que mi voz sea escuchada, para que mis aportes lleguen a muchos usuarios y los pueda ayudar a integrarse en la comunidad. Se que puede sonar a algo que cualquiera diría para ganarse el respeto de los Voluntarios pero eso es en realidad lo que pienso y siento. Se que no me conoces lo suficiente para creer en mis palabras pero te aseguro de que yo no miento y que mi deseo de ayudar a la comunidad es autentico :nod:

Tu articulo resalta todo aquello que una persona debe tener en cuenta para ser un CV :). Como tu sabes el valor fundamental dentro de la labor de un Voluntario es la Comunidad ya que ya que sus aportes de ayuda personal y artistica estan drigidos a la misma. Los Voluntarios fomentan la unión y el respeto entre los usuarios, los artistas de la comunidad.  Son una fuente de conocimientos y experiencias que son transferidas a otros artistas en progreso con el fin ayudarlos mejorar su estilo de arte y también su experiencia en el sitio. Pero tu ya sabes eso ^^;. Solo quería demostrar que si entiendo lo que significan los valores fundamentales e intentare ponerlos en práctica como lo haría un CV y una persona que actua como tal sin serlo.

Para terminar quería preguntarte si este articulo lo tienes en español. No es que no haya entendido nada, porque en realidad si entendí lo que querías decir. Solo quería saber si estaba en español para compartirlo en Ayu-dA para que los usuarios hispanos también tengan en cuenta este mensaje tan importante que estas transmitiendo :nod:
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Pues mucha suerte con tus futuras aplicaciones! :hug:

No, no lo tengo en español, y te diría que podría traducirlo pero no sé cuando podría tener tiempo para ello ^^; espero hacerlo en un futuro próximo
policewannabe Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
I would like to become a senior but fourteenth star wont respond to my notes
PeppermintSoda Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
She doesn't reply to seniority notes :stare:

Plus, rethink yourself: did you help out in the community well-enough? Looking over how long you've been here, plus all those weird-looking pictures and no sign of helpful stuff… I think no. :no:
policewannabe Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
WhiteStern Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
some CV made the DD..and my friend told me that they dont like them at sorry to hear that...and i think CV should give chances to unknown artists instead of giving chances to someone who got DD already...well just advice :)
SirCassie Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I couldn't agree more, I spent 5 months really thinking about even applying before I took the initiative to apply. Asked myself many times why I wanted it and if I wanted to really be apart in helping the community. I tried what you stated above and started to help others and take that first step in being the part without actually having it. I've even applied recently for a CV position, and even if I don't get it yet that's definitely not stopping me from being a good helping hand to others:)
Lucrexcia Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I applied a few minutes ago, i know, two week old member, :0 but my old account has been a member of this site for over 5 years. :P
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
I hope you mentioned that in your application then :) Good luck!
Lucrexcia Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I did. ^^ Thanks.
syinthetic Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
i have thinking about it for a few days now ... i really want to help people here.
but, how much time does it take to do all of that ?

... im on a collage, working when not there ... but still have few hours to waste per night haha.
but then I guess ... maybe next year :)
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
I was very much the opposite, I literally applied on a whim, thinking ehh, it could be good although I'm sure hundreds of others apply and it'll be ages if I even hear back - within a week I'd been contacted and boom before I knew it, it was happening XD

I didn't realise so many others got so worked up over the idea of it, I really didn't think too much into it, although it's certainly not an easy job if you don't have prior experience having responsibility for "grown up" type stuff (such as educating and considering the views of others, acting professionally no matter how badly provoked and maintaining a company's image and rules). These are things that I think a lot of people don't consider, it means you're on show very much so for that year or however long you stay, you are obliged to be a much stronger role model than you might usually be. E.g. jokey journals or posts can quickly get out of hand and if you have a bad day, people can and will hold that against you long term. 

That being said I don't regret it at all, it was a great learning experience and I'm proud to have contributed and worked through that year I had. I definitely have enjoyed taking a break too, it's let me step back from that one medium and start to go back to some others, since I became really involved in just the area I was working in, when I usually like to jump from one to another.
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
Well I guess you're an exception to the rule :lol: the process for most of us was a lot longer =P
And I absolutely agree! Dealing with negativity and drama is something not many people consider before aplying.
phoenixleo Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
Yay, you edited it at last!
pulbern Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh the gifs!!! :lmao:
Stygma Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful article! :clap:
SparklyDest Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
BiancaSulit Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
I don't really dom't want to be a CV NEVER
sugarislife28 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never really wanted to be a CV but I applaud people who are. I don't think I could have the patience to sift through all of those notes and everything else.
K-Koji Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
 For me, it would totally be all about the poweeeeer! :iconkiralaughplz:

 No, I'm kidding. I could never be a CV
SavageFrog Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
zydaria Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
But you would like to be one?
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