No matter what industry you may be in, having an online presence is more important than ever. It can make the difference between getting that job interview or getting that much needed client. In comparison to handing over your CV, an online portfolio visually demonstrates your skills and experiences.
It may be time to scrap the CV and begin a new age of online portfolios. Read on to find out why…
Having an online portfolio is essential if your line of work is in the creative sector such as design, photography and writing. Creating an online portfolio means potential employers have an easy way to access your work and personal profile because it’s all online and on one website.
However, even if you work in a different industry, an online portfolio provides an opportunity for career reflection and growth. On the other hand, if you are a recent graduate, you can also feature academic work on there. Whatever the case, your portfolio will provide physical examples of your talent and your work.
An online portfolio also gives you the opportunity to display your work in a creative and impressive way which reflects your own personal style. Whatever you are presenting, remember to choose quality over quantity with your most up-to-date work coming to the forefront.
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The great thing about having an online portfolio is that it acts as an interactive and living CV/resume.
For example, your About page can be used to craft your story. Here, you can describe your past work experience, qualifications and education.
Another important aspect to include on your portfolio is your contact details with links to your telephone number, email address and social networks.
You can also add references and testimonials from clients to show how valuable your work is based on other peoples experiences.
There are many advantages to creating an online portfolio. One of them being it shows employers and recruiters that you are serious about your work. It highlights that you are passionate about what you do and that you want recognition for it. This is invaluable to employers.
As the whole world is becoming more digital it is important to show that you are moving with the times and an online portfolio will exhibit this. For example, if you create an online portfolio then you are also expanding your digital skills. For example, if you choose to create a portfolio on WordPress this exhibits that you have skills in this area.
For more ideas of how you can showcase your work online read Why You Should Start a Blog.
Written by Jessie Randhawa