Feeling overwhelmed at the thought of your resume going unnoticed, lost in a sea of hundreds of applications on your potential employer’s desk? A well-crafted e-portfolio can help you stand out from the crowd and increase your chances of getting an interview.
With an e-portfolio, you can bring your resume to life and show why your skills matter. In addition to showcasing your career or academic highlights, you’ll give employers the chance to see who you really are, which is more than a one-page summary of your experiences and accomplishments.
Recruiters agree that a memorable portfolio can help you get noticed and get hired. Make sure you’re including these key components:
1. About Me
A short, introductory statement can help employers get a better sense of your personality and what you’re passionate about. Don’t just describe your education or work experience; tell your story. Describe what makes you different and why you do what you do.
2. Best Work
E-portfolios make it easy to highlight your best projects or showcase your work from a previous job or internship. If you are in a creative field, like graphic design or web design, make sure you upload examples of your work to show what you are capable of.
Don’t forget to shine some light on your awards and academic achievements! Highlight your industry certifications and credentials to show you have advanced, specialized knowledge in your field.
You can also upload letters of recommendation or testimonials that speak to your unique talents and skills. Use this section to emphasize what you bring to the table and the difference you can make for the people you work with.
5. Personal touch
Want to leave a lasting impression? Consider recording yourself in a video resume so employers can get to know the real you! Make sure you keep it professional, but don’t be afraid to get a little creative. Your personality is your best asset!
You don’t have to be especially creative to a put together strong personal portfolio, either. Check in with your career coach at Herzing University to learn how you can build your own e-portfolio in the new Career Center. Then, work with your career services partner to edit and fine-tune all of your portfolio components.
The effort and time you put into it will ensure you are noticed, considered and eventually hired!
* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2021. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.