Every Professional Adult Needs An Online Work Portfolio

November 1, 2016  |  

Potential employees want the fastest way to find great job candidates. Studies have shown recruiters spend only an average of six seconds reviewing an individual resume And now many of them want job seekers to have an online presence through an online portfolio, either a website or page. There are even companies like Squarespace  that help you create a portfolio of your work online. And this isn’t just for people in the creative fields, it’s a good idea for all job hunters to have.

‘Having a solid online reputation on social media sites, for example, is equally important to having your own website. Many studies have shown that recruiters look at social media posts of applicants, and a large percentage are looking for reasons not to hire a person. Job applicants should have their own website. It represents part of their overall online image, and it is one key search result that the applicant can completely control,” said John David, author of “How to Protect (Or Destroy) Your Reputation Online” and founder of David PR Group.  “I advocate that anyone looking for a dream job review their online results and build what I call their reputational firewall.”

Not only do websites or online portfolios help you showcase your work, they also give you a chance to show off your personality. “These sites offer potential value to hiring managers. Seeing actual work samples can reduce the risks associated with hiring an external person. The sites can also provide a glimpse at the person’s style, which may help determine whether he/she would fit into the corporate culture,” said professional coach/HR expert Tim Toterhi of Plotline Leadership and author of “The Introvert’s Guide to Job Hunting.”

Here are some things to think about when setting up an online portfolio:

–Make sure to upload an updated resume. Posting your resume “on your website is a convenient way to allow them to share your information and background with colleagues in the office (without having to search through email or files),” reported The Everygirl.

–Have a professional photo taken and post it on your site. Yes, have a photo taken by a professional photographer. Don’t post a selfie, or photos that are too personal. Think about the image you want to present to employers.

–Include examples of your work (if you are a creative such as a graphic artist or a writer) and also a list of your skills.

–Just the facts and only the facts. Keep it simple. You don’t need to include a lot of personal information, the design shouldn’t be too elaborate, and the wording should be professional. Think in-person interview; the online version of you should look like you would in a one-on-one interview.

–Make sure you include your contact info. Surprisingly, many people forget this detail.

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