Our recent research shows that online portfolios help job candidates stand out and impress hiring decision makers. Setting up your own online CV or portfolio website is easier than you think and can be an impressive, effective way to showcase your skills, experience and abilities to potential employers.
But how can you make your portfolio website great? Here are six quick tips:
1. Make it visual
A picture is worth a thousand words, so make the most of it and ensure your website is visually led. This could include examples of your work or showcase projects you were involved with.
To stand out further, including videos and multimedia. This will show off your digital skills and your creativity.
2. Include a blog
A blog is a great way to build on your experience outlined in your CV. Regularly blogging shows potential employers you’re committed and have passion.
Blogs showcase your writing and communication skills which are critical for every job. So, by writing easy-to-read posts, you can show you’ve got that crucial area covered.
While you don’t need to cover topics exclusive to your industry, you should make sure they all reflect your best professional self.
3. Show your personality
Your website is exactly that: yours. Make sure you use designs and create content that matches your personality. Compared to the conventional CV, you have much more scope to reveal aspects of your personality that potential employers will be looking for – a sense of humour, for example.
Make sure your passion and enthusiasm shines through in your website and remember to keep all the information up-to-date!
4. Brag a little
Don’t make the mistake of diminishing your experience, thinking that employers won’t believe it’s significant or of interest. This is where you can also put those glowing recommendations from your tutors or previous employers. Just be sure to ask their permission before you do.
5. Keep it simple
Simplicity is key. Employers are busy, so they need to be able to understand who you are and what you can do within a couple of minutes. Try to avoid lots of text where an image can explain it.
You’ll also want to keep your navigation simple so people can get around your website easily – keep it short and logical.
6. Don’t forget the basics
You’ve done all the hard work now, but don’t forget any crucial information. Make sure you include a concise and memorable “about me” section, your education, qualifications and employment history.
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