Think you can relax and wait for endless interview calls? Think again.
Ask yourself: have I updated my web portfolio recently; or even more crucial: have I got a web portfolio? If the answer is no, you must realize that you haven’t maximized your chance of getting that job you’ve always wanted.
You’re more than just a piece of paper
When you have to sort through hundreds of job applications every day, it can be difficult to see the applicants as a person with a life; they are merely a piece of paper with similar contents. Therefore, through a cool web portfolio, you can show your vibrant personality by choosing design, layout and the copy you write. The hiring manager will see you as a complete person with unique personality, opinions and interests.
For the world to see
Web portfolio, by virtue of being online, are likely to turn up in search results: the place where everyone seeks everything. So, if you optimize your web with the relevant terms for your field of work, whenever somebody runs a search with those terms, your resume will be among the results. Thus, you increase your chances of being identified as a potential candidate for a job position. With web resumes, you open up a whole world of opportunities.
Something for everyone
I hear you saying “but I’m not a designer or a writer, why should I need a web portfolio?”
Well, in this digital era when everything has been digitalized, people lean on search engines to find everything they need. So, once a company receives your application, it’s inevitable that, as they begin to decide who to bring in to interview, someone will go to Google and type in your name. A solid web portfolio makes a very good impression and gives you an online visibility and presence, especially when many of the other applicants (who thought they didn’t need a web portfolio!) didn’t even bother putting the time and energy into electronic portfolios of their own. In fact, having a web portfolio in an industry where nobody has it will prove your potential employers that you can think outside of the box — a valuable skill in any job.
Additionally, most jobs nowadays require high computer and internet proficiency, so having a web portfolio is a great way to show your prospective employers that you are well-versed with digital media: an advantage over the rest of your competitors.
You must have read one of the endless debates about how long a resume should be. Most experts opined that an effective resume should not exceed two pages; but how could you fit in your years of education, experience, skills, personality and interests in those limited pages? The answer is web portfolio.
A solid online portfolio allows you to create a full picture of yourself. It allows you to expand on your resume and actually demonstrate who you are and what your abilities are as a professional. Besides showing off your resume and projects or other impressive works, your website could also contain a personal statement, a blog covering issues related to your field of interest, recommendations from past employers, and more. All of this will help you build a solid online portfolio for potential employers to see. Even better, they can quickly and easily decide what and how many of your presentation they’d like to see.
One of the greatest advantages of a web portfolio over the traditional paper resume is its flexibility. With only a click of a button, you can change content, videos, copy and pictures on your online portfolio. You can also constantly create new content to add to your site to show your continuous learning process—whether employed or not. Just make sure you constantly update it; an abandoned web portfolio may backfire.
Create a powerful web portfolio now
Thus, with so many advantages, it would be silly to not make the most of this amazing tool. We do realize that web portfolios are not standalone; you still need to pay attention to your traditional resume.
So, the first step now is to polish your resume first; or better yet, get a professional to do it for you. Then, create a nice web portfolio (not amateurish-looking of course!) and embed the link clearly on your resume.
Style Resumes is the best resume writing services in the world and we’ve got all it takes to present the best of you to your prospective employers. So why don’t you just give us a call and let us handle everything for your professional image?