It’s the start of a new year and the perfect time to push yourself and your creativity to the max. A little investment in the right areas could help attract some great opportunities and experiences further down the line. So with that, we at TalentBlend decided to share a few pointers with you that will help to ensure that you’re getting as much out of 2014 with your TalentBlend profile. There’s plenty you can do to really improve your chances of getting noticed and getting invited onto some exciting projects. Here are the main ones that sometimes people forget, take a look and see what can work for you:
1. Profile Picture. Simple yet effective, it’s a real easy one to make sure you’re presenting yourself as best you can around the site. Without a profile picture your profile looks inactive and you’re probably not going to invite many people to get in contact. Add a profile picture that looks professional and ideally something related to your skill set, the more professional and relevant it looks the more likely other creatives will be interested in contacting you.
2. Cover Media. This is a great feature that allows you to post images, videos or sound clips right at the top of your profile allowing people visiting your page to see exactly what you want to show them. Make sure you have something up there that puts you in the best light. Again without it your profile page kinda feels a little unloved, so add something that you want people to see as soon as they hit your page.
3. Skills. Your skills are extremely important on TalentBlend, not only do they visually show to others what your talents are but they are also used in the search system around the site, if you haven’t accurately added your skills then you are really wasting one of the biggest tools you have to be discovered.
Specificity is a big help here too, the more specific you are about what you do the more exposure you will receive. So if you are a Ballet Dancer, instead of simply adding “Dance” as one of your skills you would see much better results adding “Ballet Dancer”. Not only will you be found for “Dance” but you will also be found for “Ballet Dancing” and will be higher up the search results. Also if you find that you have loads of skills then try and reduce them down so to focus on the areas that you are really concentrated on, if you have some skills that you are not really too bothered about or not actually very skilled in then it’s probably best to leave them out. Focus your efforts on your main strengths.
4. About Me. Or About You! And that’s what it should really be. This is a real simple one but really makes the difference between engaging with whoever is on your page and just being another face. Tell the world about who you are and about your work, what your ambitions are ideas that you would be interested in working on. Invite them to want to reach out to you.
5. Portfolio. Your portfolio is what will probably attract the most people to your profile. An updated well-presented portfolio with clear descriptions will encourage users to engage and hopefully “Blend” the work inside it. The more “Blends” a work gets the more people will see it and the more exposure you will receive as a creative. You can have a number of different portfolios, so you don’t need to cram all your projects or skills into just one portfolio.
6. Projects. Projects are the perfect way to find who or what you are looking for. If you’re looking to find someone to collaborate with then there’s no better way to do it than by posting a project. Similarly Projects are great to browse through if you’re looking to get on board with something.
7. Following. TalentBlend is a community, which means it’s all about people, if you’re not connected i.e. you’re not following or being following by anyone then life on TB won’t be very interesting. You need to build up a network, the bigger your network the more you will get to hear about, so jump in and get involved.
8. Blender. The Blender is the giant activity whirlpool for creatives on TalentBlend. The Blender contains all the activity that is happening in your network. You can post onto it with text and media and anything you post on your Board on your profile will come here too. Your Board and Blender posts are also searchable so if you’ve posted something like “Looking for a studio next week” or “need to borrow a drum kit on Thursday” then people can find it and get back to you. It’s a great tool to keep in touch with the community.
9. Post! Your Blender and your Profile Board are there for you to reach out to the creative world. Use it to post any updates, questions, suggestions or just let people know what you’ve been up to. Keep it interesting though, no one’s interested in exactly what time you cooked an omelet, not on here anyway, but do keep active and stay engaged. After all TalentBlend a community aimed at collaboration not competition, it’s about people working together on things they are passionate about, so most of all enjoy it 🙂