In this day and age, having a printed CV is sometimes not enough to get you the job. Especially if your work entails a lot of visuals. There is no way you can persuade an employer to hire you if you simply talk about your work instead of actually showing it off. And what better way to show off your work than through a digital portfolio? A digital portfolio is the best way to make sure you’re in charge of what an employer or a customer sees when he or she looks for you online. Which is why today, we’re going to talk about 4 tips that you should keep in mind if you want your digital portfolio to shine.
4 Tips for an Amazing Digital Portfolio
1. Don’t Shy Away from Using Media
From pictures, to videos, presentations, PDFs, and so on, anything goes when it comes to a digital portfolio. Since this is an opportunity to show potential clients that you can stand out from the crowd, it would be a pity not to take advantage of it by adding all sorts of amazing visuals. A lot of people are drawn to visual representations, and with good reason. Would you rather read some information about someone from a piece of paper, or actually be able to look at a visual representation of that someone’s work?
2. Be as Clear as Possible
Whenever someone looks at your digital portfolio, he or she has to be able to find whatever it is they’re looking for without having to search for it for too long. So we advise you to create different categories. You can group them first of all by industry, then by medium, and maybe also chronologically. That works especially if you’re an entry-level professional. Moreover, always tag your skills, because many clients look for employees by specific skills. If you tag yours in your entries, they will appear on your profile automatically.
3. Talk About Yourself
We’re not advising you to go on and on about your personal life. After all, a digital portfolio is first and foremost a place to showcase your work. However, most employees want to see a more personal side of you as well, to get a sense of who you are and what drives you. Which is why you should include a small “about” section. There, you can talk about your hobbies, passions, any volunteer work that you may have participated in, and so on.
4. Include Some Recommendations
People are more willing to hire someone if that person comes with great recommendation from former employers. If you can, it would be great to include some written recommendations or testimonials of people whom you’ve worked with in the past. Especially if you had an exceptionally close relation with a former boss or business partner. That way, you know their recommendation will go a long way in getting you that dream job.
Finally, if you have printed work that you would like to showcase in your digital portfolio, but you are unsure of how to do that, take a look at the video below that shows you how to take amazing pictures of your printed work.
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