Career Portfolios–Should You Have One?
By having one, you’re providing employers with an in-depth look into your background–helping prove facts stated on your resume.
An online career portfolio can be a “show and tell” by spotlighting what you’ve done, linking to blogs, charts, videos, testimonials, articles, or work samples.
This is also a good place to mention any awards received, brag about your GPA, internship experiences, and volunteer work. Think of a career portfolio as a way to separate yourself from the masses and wow an employer. Constantly update information as you build your career. Show workshops taken, promotions, successes, added responsibilities, etc.
One thing to keep in mind about content is you don’t want to get too personal. For example: it’s never a good idea to post your personal political beliefs in a career portfolio. It’s also not a place to berate an ex, discuss the last party where you lost your cookies, or dis a professor. All bad ideas. It’s also not a place to use abbreviated language (as if you’re texting), or fling around the f-word. If it’s online, it is public domain–anybody can see it–including a prospective employer.
Do make it unique, but don’t make it weird! There’s a fine line between “standing out” and “sticking out,” know the difference.
Where to start? Try VisualCV, see if it offers what you want. If you feel it’s just one more thing to manage, retain a great LinkedIn profile instead.
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