Stand Out In Your Job Search with an E-Portfolio
So you’re finally ready for that new job. Or maybe you’re just about to graduate and you’re looking for the internship or job that will set you on the perfect path to be the [lawyer, teacher, fill in other awesome career here] you’ve always wanted to be.
At the start, you’re excited. You’ve got gusto and confidence for what you want to do. Then, 20-30 applications later, that excitement starts to fade and it feels like all of your work has been just a drop in the bucket.
How can you stand out?
In my job I’ve had the chance to talk to some awesome recruiters from Facebook, Yelp, Rent the Runway, and other great companies. I’ve asked them…
“what does a girl need to do in order to stand out in the job search process?”
Overwhelmingly their response is: be your best advocate. Don’t be afraid to talk confidently about the skills and experiences you’ve had and why those experiences make you a good fit for the role you’re applying for. Leave a powerful first impression.
They’ve also acknowledged that the typical resume and cover letter don’t always make it easy for candidates to truly be themselves. The solution? Build your online presence by creating an e-portfolio.
E-portfolio companies are disrupting the job search for both recruiters and candidates and I get to work for one of them!
Seelio.com is an online portfolio site for young professionals. Through an online portfolio with rich multimedia, you can share your experiences– whether professional, extracurricular, or classroom related– in a way that makes it easy for recruiters to spot what you did and what you learned.
E-portfolios like Seelio can help you track your journey and truly start to understand where your passions and interests overlap as well as the skills and capabilities you’ve gained from those experiences.
They also give recruiters a multifaceted lens that isn’t available on other social media sites. While it’s important to have an active presence on Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms, the information there is often not professionally related and doesn’t do a great job of showing a recruiter the deeper side of your life– the learnings, projects and activities that make a compelling case for why you should be a part of their team.
As someone who has been on each side of table– both job searching and recruiting– I am thrilled to see a new tool for recruiters and candidates to use to make great hires and career choices respectively.