An online portfolio can work wonders for modern-day job seekers. It provides an avenue where you can promote your skills and experience. This is where you can showcase your competencies and the collection of your work and job experience through text, images, illustrations, and other visual elements. And, since it is online, you increase your chances of being found by prospective employers.
If you are having problems setting up your online portfolio, here’s a guide from Excel Guyana’s Recruiting Division to help you out:
Content. If you are not sure what to include, highlight skills and competencies that you can contribute to future employers. Include more information and proof of these skills and competencies. Determining your content means identifying your target employers and industries.
Organization. A good portfolio must include an introduction, the projects you want to showcase, your employment status, and contact details. For the introduction, include a photo, your name, and a one-liner that captures what you have to offer. Allot a portion to include your goals, career path, strengths, and other details that help elevate your brand as a job seeker. Testimonials from past employers will also boost credibility.
Showcasing your projects. You do not need to include all of the projects that you worked on. Only highlight the best and most relevant. Each project must include a short description, some context for additional information, and the company/organization that the project was done for. It would help to include a link going back to this company/organization and the contact person for validation.
Platform. There are plenty of tools that you can use to set up your portfolio. One option is WordPress which has free and paid options available depending on the degree of customization you want. You can get a web server for as low as $5 per month and get paid themes and plugins. Also, WordPress is easy to use and does not require an extensive programming background.
Update your portfolio regularly. Even if you have already landed a job, always update your portfolio so you continue to document your best projects. Just make sure that you indicate that you are currently employed.
Be professional. An online portfolio is a personalized page that showcases you as a job seeker. However, you need to maintain a professional tone. Watch your language and the photos that you include, among others.
These tips were gathered based on the best practices that Excel’s Recruiting Division has observed over the years of working with the best companies and industry leaders. These best practices in portfolio building will surely give you a competitive advantage.
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