Which do you do most often: read hard-copy, printed articles or browse the internet for articles and news? I would venture to guess, unless you’re trying to rebel against a societal norm, you probably engage in the latter. According to industry professionals, employers are also following this trend. Have you ever considered creating a digital platform for your resume or portfolio?
Michelle Mignot, a Career Education Professional who presented at the Careers Done Write! conference in January, regularly speaks to college students about the 21st century resume and the importance of incorporating creativity. Check out her handout to learn about several sites she recommends for establishing an online presence.
Personally, the idea of designing and maintaining a live website initially intimidated me; I’m not a digital communications major! However, through my coursework, I had the opportunity to learn about several user-friendly web hosting platforms that would allow me to share my job search documents. I chose www.weebly.com because of these easy functions:
- Premade layouts
- iPhone & Android apps
- Ability to easily upload your material
On many sites, you have the option to work on and perfect your pages before it’s activated for viewing by the public. Therefore, before publishing your site, be sure you complete each accessible page, proofread your content, check that links work, and remove unnecessary buttons that could crowd your site and confuse your audience.
In order to appeal to a variety of audiences, especially potential employers, I divided my site into multiple pages that make it easy for viewers to find key information:
- Homepage- Brief bio, contact information, professional headshot
- Resume- overview of my past experiences, education, relatable extracurricular activities
- Portfolio- Digital stories, journalism, blog, samples of work
That’s just me. You may have a whole host of other information to include, which is a good thing! An online presence can help you stand out and give employers a glimpse of your strengths and interests that may be less obvious on a hard-copy resume. Have fun with it and keep your audience in mind. Creativity is good as long as it’s also professional.
Once your page is live, congratulations! You now have an online portfolio. It’s important to maintain your site regularly; keep it fresh, and keep it updated. Also, don’t forget to promote it! Add the URL of your site to your paper resumes, business cards, cover letters, etc.
Jocelyn Davis, ’15, Career Services, Student Assistant