The past year has been one of the quickest years of my professional life. As the saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” Nothing can be truer than this when referencing my time with Creatives On Call. Each day I have grown more into myself and within this organization that I share with others passionately and dearly. When I first found Creatives On Call nearly 3 years ago and was welcomed with open arms as a creative candidate, I never would have thought that this is where that moment would bring me! I have learned so much being on both sides of this journey, and I am thrilled to share 5 highlights of what I’ve learned with you.
1. Creatives On Call Has Your Back
Part of the Creatives On Call mission is to help you thrive while you strive. You have the expertise and skillset to benefit an organization, and we’re here to be your cheerleaders! As a Recruiter, I have a very hands-on approach from facilitating resume and portfolio reviews, interview prep, salary resources, professional development and more. I want to help you succeed in any way that I can. Creatives On Call supports you from our first connect to the first day of your dream job and beyond.
2. Building Relationships Is Invaluable
Whether you are at a networking event and meeting other professionals or talking to a mentor, building relationships within your industry is important. I’ve said this many times and I’ll say it again, network as much as you can. Take your mentor out for coffee. Ask a local blogger or freelancer whose work you’ve been admiring for months to share why they do what they do—it’s as easy as, “Hey, can I take you for a cup of coffee?” Building these relationships not only helps you professionally, but can inspire you personally!
3. Magic Happens When You Bring Creatives Together
At each Creatives On Call event, I see magic happen. When creatives meet each other or have an “aha moment” during a keynote speaker, the excitement and inspiration is contagious. Bringing the love for creativity and how one can use that in their career to the forefront of mind is powerful. If someone is new to freelancing or wants to enter a new space like UX, odds are there is someone in our community that has done a similar transition. When you bring together different skillsets and life experiences, magic happens!
4. You Might Be Worth More Than You Think
Money is hard to talk about and salaries can be difficult to determine. The fact is, your skills are valuable and should be treated as such. I am incredible passionate about this topic, and if you’re one of my candidates—you know it! You deserve what you are worth and that might be more than what you think. Take a look at the Creatives On Call Salary Guide created just for you. In order to view it, login to your Creatives On Call profile or register as an Artist and see it under Resources.
5. You’ll Never Stop Growing
As cheesy as it sounds, being your authentic and creative self is the way to success and growth. Innovation begins when unique ideas or new perspectives are developed. When you’re in an interview, be yourself and share what you personally have to offer the organization and how you can grow with it. That’s why Creatives On Call asks you questions to determine what makes you light up and what you are looking for to best match you with future opportunities. There is a job fit for everyone. Be who you are and be confident in that role. No matter the level, be willing to learn and adapt to the position to strengthen your skills. Be the best you can be and hone your craft! Being yourself and continuously growing is the only way to make this process work.
The past year has been an adventure and I can’t wait to see what the next year with Creatives On Call teaches me! What have you learned by joining the Creatives On Call community?