One of the best ways to showcase your IT work when looking for jobs, is to have an online portfolio.
It makes sense to show potential employers that you utilize technology in a multitude of ways (not only those pertinent to your current job).
Additionally, it’s an easy way for someone to view examples of your work without having to access each app, website, or software you have designed individually. A printed resume can give them a general idea of your work history, but a carefully constructed online portfolio will reveal so much more visually.
You have many options when deciding to create an online portfolio.
The simplest route is to use a portfolio site. This is a good choice if you have a limited amount of time to construct one before your next interview, or lack the skills needed to create your own.
There are several great sites which offer free services. Many of the same sites also offer paid features, that can upgrade and enhance your portfolio even more.
Online Portfolio Sites to Choose From
Let’s take a look at three of the more highly recommended online portfolio sharing sites:
One of the largest and most established sites (est. 1997), showcasing the work of creative individuals from a wide range of fields, such as animation, information architecture, project management, interactive design, graphic design, engineering, web design, web development, administrative, and more. The site also contains a job board.
Since 2006, Behance has been building “a platform to remove the barriers between talent and opportunity.” Portfolios are connected to the community through the sites social network, helping users with similar backgrounds and potential employers find you. The site is often commended for its simplistic, yet attractive design.
Carbonmade boasts an abundance of easy-to-use features and nicely designed portfolio themes. Carbonmade is considered to be more straightforward that other options–making it fast to get your work together, but still effective.
As a professional looking for an IT job, you may have the knowledge and skills to create your own online portfolio. This is perhaps the best option for branding yourself, and creating a personalized user experience. If you are a developer, the interviewer will be very interested to see that you built your portfolio from scratch. The portfolio becomes another example of what you are capable of, technically.
Tip: For pros that are short on time but able to develop a unique site of their own that displays their talents, get started with one of the online portfolio sites and have it on hand while you gradually construct your own.
Five Things to Include in Your Portfolio
1. Show Your Best Work
Select only the pieces that are examples of your very best work. A minimum of five projects is best if you want to show diversity, but do not include work that you are not proud of. If one of your projects shows a different skill set, but the outcome was not as successful as you had hoped, do not put it in. A portfolio is your time to show off the best of the best. Be picky.
2. Tell A Story
You’ll want to display the projects you have chosen, using eye-catching images/video that tell a story about your work. If appropriate, include text (and images) of the initial concepts leading to the final product. Paragraphs should ideally be concise enough for the reader to understand the project immediately. Having multiple, relevant quality images will help to tell the rest of the story.
3. Write a Biography & Philosophy
Use a well-written bio to discuss your work background and philosophy. Include your experience and accomplishments. This is a chance to include valuable information about yourself as an IT professional, that may not come up in an interview setting. While you want to keep the site professional, you should also aim to come across as approachable.
4. Present a User-friendly Interface
Simpler is often better. The main focus of the portfolio is the work you are showcasing–don’t distract the viewer with other design elements. They will be able to see these things through your content. Easy access is crucial here, meaning simple navigation and a few pages to click through. Also, keep font types and font colors consistent.
5. Continue to Add/Edit/Delete
Don’t forget to continue to update your portfolio. As you complete new projects which exemplify your skill set, include them in your portfolio. It’s often best to make the updates as they happen, so that you have a fresh memory of the detail you will want to include. You might also decide to eliminate some examples, as new and better ones are added.
The Fast Track to Getting Started
If you have decided to use an online portfolio site to get started, there are numerous options, which may or may not work for the specific type of work you are trying to showcase. Review several sites before settling on one.
You may need an online portfolio for the next interview your recruiter sets up for you. A recruiter will do the work of finding the right employers for you, while you focus on proving that you are a top talent with a neatly displayed collection of projects to accompany your resume.
Contact MAS Technology Staffing to start the process today. We can’t wait to help find the best IT jobs for you!