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17/10/2013

3 ways to improve your online Career profile.

In today’s competitive job market, it’s not enough just to know things. To get a recruiter’s attention, you must be able to demonstrate what you can do and do better than your career competition.

But will anyone want to see your career portfolio?

Get Organized

Spend a little time thinking about how you want to structure your portfolio. This will help you decide what should be included.

Choose a Platform

You don’t have to be a web developer or programmer to create a professional looking online portfolio. You can choose from countless user-friendly platforms and tools that help you craft your presentation. Some are
designed specifically for portfolios, while others have similar features and are flexible enough for multiple uses, including mobile access – and most are free.
 Blog sites: You don’t have to use a blog site as a blog, posting chronological updates and articles. The many features available allow you to style the interface to meet your needs, including career portfolios. WordPress, Blogger, EduBlogs, and Tumblr are just a few of the popular blogging tools out there. (WordPress is my personal favorite and sparked a separate collection of resources and examples titled, Blog Your Portfolio presented at another conference.)

    LinkedIn: Augment your basic profile with some of the more advanced portfolio display features offered by LinkedIn. You can now, for example, add links and upload files to separate work and education entries, along with brief descriptions.

    Mobile Apps: New tools intended specifically for smaller devices are also available. Search the app stores related to your smartphone or tablet operating system for career portfolio applications like Portfolio for iPad and Portfolio To Go for iOS. Many of these apps focus on the display of images, so it’s important to think about the visual aspects of your artifacts.

    Websites: Similar to the blog suggestion above, you can establish your own website using intuitive, and low- or no-cost platforms like Wix and Weebly.

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