How to build a portfolio website for your job search
When it comes to job hunting, it is important to do everything in your power to stand out from the crowd.
One of the ways that you can do this is by building a professional portfolio website. This is something more and more employment services are providing today. In this blog post, we are going to take a look at how you can use a basic website to showcase your work and the job experiences that you have had. A website can serve as an excellent platform for displaying testimonials from past employment, work samples, and your CV. With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the steps that you are going to need to take in order to build a portfolio website.
The first thing that you need to do is decide on the website platform that is going to be best suited to your needs. This requires a little bit of research, however, there are lots of great platforms like Wix and SquareSpace that are available today and won’t cost you much money at all. These website builders are really easy to use and they will enable you to get a professional website up and running really quickly.
Once you have chosen somewhere for you to set up your website, you will then need to follow the instructions in terms of creating and setting up an account. No matter what platform you choose, you can expect a getting started page and help page where you will find all of the details you need in terms of getting your site ready and choosing a unique web address. When it comes to choosing a URL for your website, make sure you choose something professional. A lot of people tend to go for their full name. However, if you can get a word in there that is related to your career or job field this will also help in terms of search engine optimisation.
Before you begin to add samples of your work, you may want to get a professional photograph taken of yourself so that you can include it on the website. Once you have done this, you will be able to import a digital copy of your CV and samples of your work onto the website in question. You don’t need to display each and every project you have ever worked on. You should condense the work that you have done into a selection of case studies, which show your capability and your ability to handle different types of projects.
The manner in which you display the work that you have done so far will depend on the nature of your job and the industry that you work in. For example if you work in an image-led industry, for example, you are a graphic designer or you run a landscape business, you will simply need to upload some photographs alongside a brief description of the job. However, if you’re services cannot be displayed with photographs, then you will need to put together a worded case study for all of your portfolio examples. A good example of this is if you work in the data security sector. Good case studies or those that explain the problem that the company was facing when they hired you, i.e. describing the potential security vulnerabilities, and then explaining the steps that you put in place to patch up these vulnerabilities and ensure security for the company.
Finally, you will also need to add a contact page to your website. It is important that the contact page is professional and that it contains all of your information. If there is one thing that people do not like today, it is a contact page that simply has a web form and nothing else. In order to give off a professional and trustworthy image, it is wise to give as much contact information as you are comfortable with.