Wouldn’t you love to be able to showcase your talents 24/7? Sound like a good idea? That’s because it is! Today an online portfolio is a necessity to have, searching for a job or not.
You don’t need to leave anything with the company when you go in for an interview. They will have the ability to access your online portfolio whenever they want.
Increase your presence online. By now, we all know that potential employers are able to Google your name and see what you or others have posted on the Internet. You can control (somewhat) what they are seeing about you, by giving them a resource to look at.
A Human Resources employee takes an average of 6 seconds looking at your resume. Unfortunately, they won’t see any work samples on your resume. You may say that you can draft a press release, but an online portfolio can prove that you can.
Where do I start?
Check out these websites where they provide FREE templates for creating an online portfolio:
What do I include?
Again, a resume can only say so much, and nothing about your personality. By including an “about me” page on your portfolio they will feel like they know you a little when going in for an interview.
Resume. Be sure to have a version that they can download and print out. Make sure it is your updated resume.
Writing samples. Include a variety of samples: press releases, feature stories, radio readers, blogs etc. Be sure to have samples written in AP style. If one of your writing samples has been showcased in a media outlet take a screen shot, or include the link.
Design samples. Photography, brochures, flyers, or website designs are all good examples to showcase your creativity.
Recommendation letters. Include recommendation letters from professors and past employers. Also include contact information for your professional references. Provide a link to their email address to make it easier for the person viewing your portfolio.
Contact information. Include your email address. Don’t put your phone number or mailing address online, unless you’re comfortable with the public having this information. Include links to your social media accounts. Remember you should be keeping your Twitter and Facebook pages professional. Don’t post anything that could keep you from getting a job.
Check out these online portfolios for graphic designer, journalism, public relations and advertising young professionals: