Show Off | Online portfolios

30 Jan

With the way job searching and employee hunting has changed so has portfolios and networking. Today there are a great number of ways you can slip your name to a hopeful employer and far too many ways an employer can catch you on the net without you even realizing it. A topic my professors bring up, especially when Facebook is involved. When someone Googles you make sure they see you in a positive light by building an online portfolio. They are a great efficient and effective self promotional tool, plus it also cuts down a lot of unneeded paper. Applying for a job? Send them directly to your portfolio that not only includes examples of your work but your resume too. I have taken a stab at many online portfolios and have found some pretty easy, helpful and most of all beneficial to getting seen by future employers.

Here is a list of websites you can build a great online portfolio with:

An example of a Wix portfolio

  1. WixCreate your own free flash website. Wix was a start-up that took off and has been giving consumers the ability to build a pretty visually pleasing product. It’s user friendly, offers lots of free templates and designs, and allows you to upgrade for a small price.
  2. Carbonmade A great way to organize your work in an appealing portfolio. You can upload videos, photos, and flash projects. I will admit I had difficulty getting my written work to be viewable, but that was my only pitfall. This is a great site to build a portfolio if you are in the visual arts. There is also a pro plan available for a monthly fee.
  3. VisualCVThis site is designed more for a virtual resume building butyou can also showcase work in multiple portfolios. It’s easy to use and has a database for job openings and networking opportunities. Think of it as a snazzier LinkedIn.
  4. Coroflot There is over 15 different specialty groups from architecture, motion graphics and print to join, and best part is there is no limit on the amount of files uploads, meaning you can share as much work as you want, and it’s free. The site also offers job postings and networking opportunities with other industry peers.
  5. Weebly Basically you can build your own website with Weebly. You can put up numerous blogs, photos, and video. There are 70+ professional designs to use and you really don’t need any technical skills to use it. I used Weebly to put together a school project I did early this year and it came together quite nice. You can take a peek here.

You should also read about the importance of your online identity and how new media can benefit you in your job search from previous blog posts I have written. For information on online resume builders take a look at Mashable’s article 10 Great Social Sites for Resume Building.

  • A great tip when building your portfolios is to use screenshots to showcase online work, e.g. Social Media. For more information read Tiffany Derville’s blog post on How to Make Screenshots for Your Portfolio.

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