12 Steps to an Online Portfolio

Portfolio

Portfolios aren’t just for graphic designers.

A great way to highlight you top talents, abilities, and focus a potential employer’s attention on the value you bring to an organization is by creating an online portfolio. An online portfolio provides proof of what you’re capable of. It provides an employer with potential talking points during an interview. Most importantly, it helps a potential employer begin to visualize you as a team member and producing the kind of work contained in your portfolio.

Here are 12 Steps you can take to create an online career tool to spotlight your potential.

  1. Set a goal – What do you want your portfolio to do for you? Start a conversation? Get you an interview? Serve as a “leave behind” after the interview?
  2. Choose your best work. After that, put the best of the best first. Employers will often remember the weakest link in your portfolio. To avoid that common occurrence, make sure that you only include high-quality work.
  3. Consider what to include:

Written Reports

Exams Video / Audio clips

Performance Reviews

Awards

Class Assignments

Endorsements / Letters of Recommendation

Programming Code

Certificates / Honors

Club / Community Projects Diagrams / Photos

Work Samples

Dropbox

These are just a few ideas of what you may want to include. Keep your focus on accomplishments and achievements – things that make you unique. Show the kind of work you hope to be doing. Display work that you’re proud of. If you want to include work that was part of your job/employment, get permission from your employer first.

  1. Limit the number of pieces. An employer should be able to skim your portfolio in 3 – 5 minutes.
  2. Choose a platform: Dropbox, Google Drive, YouTube, SlideShare, magazine like: Lucidpress, Behance, Weebly, WordPress, Portfoliobox. Include a link to your portfolio on your LinkedIn page. Put your portfolio on inexpensive a flash drives as a leave behind. Add your portfolio link in a cover letter. Put a link to it in your email signature on your professional email address.
  3. Make sure your platform is easy to access, navigate and view.
  4. Create a narrative – let your portfolio tell a story. Put thought into the order and arrangement of items that you include. You don’t want the contents of your portfolio to appear random.
  5. Provide context for each item in your portfolio. Include dates, purpose, insights, take-aways, as well as any special information about the item.
  6. Include a bio – a paragraph or two that tells who you are, what your aspirations are, and how the contents of the portfolio support your aspirations.
  7. Let you personality come through – but get confirmation. Allow a professor or someone in your network with hiring authority provide you with feedback. Adjust your portfolio according to the feedback you find most helpful.
  8. At the end of your portfolio, invite reviewers to contact you and provide your contact information.
  9. Remember to update your portfolio regularly (at least once per quarter) and remove items that are outdated or no longer useful.

Get a Reality Check

Helping my children with homework can be a challenge.  Both of them tend to get upset when they can’t figure out a problem on the first try.  One frequently says “I can’t do this.”  Most of us feel this way at one time or another.  However, very few people master new tasks the on the first attempt.

I hear from job seekers who feel the same way.  The other day, a student told me she’d done everything I suggested but hasn’t had many interviews.  I asked her how many interviews she’s had and how many applications she’s put in.  She told me she’d applied for 7 or 8 positions and had two interviews.  I explained she’s actually doing really well.  Two interviews out of 7 or 8 applications is a good rate.  Providing a different perspective allowed her realize that she’s doing better than she thought.

It’s frustrating to keep applying for positions when you receive no feedback of any kind.  However, throwing in the towel on a dream job or more challenging position isn’t the best strategy either.  Keep applying, networking, researching companies, and practicing your interviewing skills.  You’ll find that given enough time, the right opportunity will come along.

Posted on February 17th, 2015 by

First Data Hiring Event

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Students and alumni are invited to attend First Data’s two-day hiring event Wednesday and Thursday February 18th -19th, 2015. First Data is looking to fill approximately 50 openings for their business and technology team. This is a great opportunity to work as part of a truly diverse and global company!

On Wednesday, February 18th, representatives from First Data will be in the Student Center from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. They will be hosting an information booth about their company and sharing information on current openings.

Later that evening, First Data representatives will conduct two presentations in the Military-Veterans Services Center. The first presentation is from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM. The second presentation will be from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Both events will be available for viewing live via the internet.

First Data will conduct on the spot interviews on Thursday, February 19th, 2015 in the Humanities Building.

Schedule of Events:

Information Booth

February 18, 2015

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Student Center

 

First Data Presentation

February 18, 2015

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Military-Veterans Services Center & Streaming:

https://mediastream.bellevue.edu/Mediasite/Play/f3270748e26040b4b5aa9b1fa97ef2da1d

 

First Data Presentation

February 18, 2015

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Military-Veterans Services Center & Streaming:

https://mediastream.bellevue.edu/Mediasite/Play/ddebb8fd37a04f0da56cdf35cc33775c1d

 

On Campus Interviews–Students/Alumni may be asked to sign in using their LinkedIn Profiles (if you don’t have a profile, contact the Career Services Center)

February 19, 2015

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Humanities Building

If you have questions or would like more information about this event, please contact JR Richardson at 402-557-5002 or  Kim Whiteside at 402-557-7024.

This event is co-sponsored by the Bellevue University Career Services Center, the Military-Veterans Services Center, and Military Transition Academy.

Career Services Goes Virtual

Virtual Career Services Center

The Bellevue University Career Services Center is proud to announce the launch of a Virtual Career Services Center (VCSC). The purpose of the VCSC is to provide students/alumni with a suite of tools that address common career concerns, build job search skills, and provide access to jobs as well as details of career-related events.

Now, students/alumni will have a dynamic and easy to use site that provides resources above and beyond traditional, static text and click links.

Although the VCSC offers 24/7 access to information vital to job and career success, the in-person Career Services Center will still provide services, such as career assessment, career coaching, job/internship search, and career tools like resumes, cover letters, references, interviewing strategies, and career fairs. This will allow students to continue receiving face-to-face, personal coaching. With the addition of the VCSC, there is now a way for students to get “just in time” career information whenever they need it.

The VCSC is the result of collaborative efforts and contributions enterprise-wide (the Audio/Visual department, the Center for Learning and Innovation, the Learning Academy, the Library, a host of volunteers who served as narrators for videos and workshops, and Amanda Kocanda, Career Services Assistant who is the primary designer of the site). The VCSC uses the University’s LibGuide platform to house career resources, and during the first week of February 2015 the VCSC ranked #4 in usage out of 271 LibGuides.

To access the site, go to the Career Services webpage and click on the Virtual Career Services Center box or . . . Click Here!

Let us know what you think of the new Virtual Career Services Center by adding your comments below.

Job Search in the Palm of Your Hand

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So much of our daily lives has gone mobile: getting news and information, staying in touch, listening to music, watching our favorite television shows. Looking for employment and changing careers is also going mobile. Here are a few reasons why this is a good thing:

  • Your job search is with you always
  • You can respond immediately to alerts and hits on your resume
  • Your job search is aggregated into one place (instead of in a scattered across a list of emails, post-it notes, paper folders, etc.)
  • Applying for jobs can be just a click away
  • Recruiters are using the same job apps to find qualified candidates

Check out the links below to find additional reasons why using a mobile devise in your job search is beneficial as well as a list of apps that can assist in your search .

Mobile, not the Web

2015 Best Job Search Apps

How are you using mobile in your job search?