Kaila Mathis
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3 Necessities for Maximizing and Professionalizing Your Digital Life

CLLCTVE hosted CLLCTVE University: The Ultimate Creator Accelerator for 10 Weeks of Spring 2021. Each week came with its own upskilling workshop hosted by a CLLCTVE Creator.

Evan Harvey, Junior Advertising Major at University of Oregon, hosted his workshop, titled: Maximize and Professionalize Your Digital Life.

“My workshop will educate creatives on important tips and details in becoming professional in the creative world,” said Evan. “This includes digital conversation etiquette, common mistakes creators make when presenting themselves as a creator, and how to better yourself in your job search.”

To help creators best prepare for his workshop, Evan provided three essentials for maximizing and professionalizing your creative life.

3 Necessities for Maximizing and Professionalizing Your Digital Life

1. A well-updated online profile(s)

“The first thing I tell college creatives when it comes to maximizing their digital profiles is to ensure that you are updating your profiles regularly! Your digital profiles will become the hub for everyone to see who you are. If your profile contains outdated details about yourself, how can you expect individuals to find out more about yourself?

2. Branching out to different media channels (that work with your specialty)

“‘Working harder, not smarter’ is key here. Personally, I have found that branching out to media channels that work within your desired field is one of the best forms of creating connections and even gaining some inspiration. Being said, try to be on the most active communities for your skill. For example, photographers can really benefit from Twitter & Instagram. Another great reason for branching out to other channels is the process I like to describe as ‘web of following.’ The variety between channels differs in their algorithm and some may have better ones in displaying your content. Thus, branching out to other channels can give followers on one channel to ‘web’ and connect to your other channels.

3. Visuals are key — even if it is not your skill.

“Most of us, after being moved online, are sometimes lost in reading hundreds of emails, tweets, syllabi, etc. that having a visual is a great eye reliever and gives your skills and work more eyes. As many visual creators already are familiar in this medium, some forget to utilize that to its fullest. Furthermore, add visual content (when you can) to your digital profiles when you can.”

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