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JOB HUNT / 14 December 2016
Untapped Resources to Help You Enrich Your Online Portfolio
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Mike Hanski

The zero hour has come: you are on the hunt for a job.

Your resume is ready and looks awesome. So do your cover letter and references. Haven't you forgotten anything? 

Online portfolio, no less than awesome. 

"Yeah, I know online portfolio is a must-have for candidates. But what the heck can I put in it? I'm not a designer, a writer, or any other sort of those guys commonly referred to as creatives."

And now, for the most interesting part: 

Portfolios are not for specific fields but everyone. They give candidates an opportunity to curate an online image and reputation, as well as do their best to impress hiring managers. In fact, most people are visually-oriented, processing 90% of the info by eyesight; so, a professionally compiled portfolio is your big chance to stand out and leave your competitors with their thumb up their dumb. 

Not sure where to start? 

You don't have to be a graphic designer to create an eye-catching portfolio. Check out this guide to resources that will help you build a top-notch online portfolio and turn it into a job-landing one. 

First Things First

Your online portfolio is not a resume, and it should show rather than say. Still, make sure it includes the following information (according to Jacquelyn Smith from Forbes):

The PDF version of your up-to-date resume and links to your social media accounts are a good practice to include, too.

To gather them all together, pay attention to the below lip-smacking resources.

Choose a Tool

Create Text Content

Use Original Visuals

Help Them Contact You

No matter what resource you choose to enrich your online portfolio, make it a platform for your dream job. Depending on the skills you want to share and flourish, customize your portfolio accordingly: add a resume section, write a blog, add reviews, or include testimonials. 

And be yourself. 

Hiring managers look at dozens of candidates for a single position, so make sure you stand out of the crowd to take one step closer to being picked for an interview.

This post was written by Mike Hanski. His online portfolio consists of publications for numerous top blogs, including the one Mike is the proudest of - his article for HuffPost.