When looking for work online or elsewhere, it is sometimes very difficult to demonstrate what you can do to potential employers. You don’t really have anything tangible to sell and convincing clients to pay can be hard – they may even resort to asking you to do the work and then “if” it is good they will pay you. How can you change this? Use a portfolio. A portfolio is key in making potential employers feel secure and confident about you.
The use of portfolios is actually an old practice – for years artists, designers, journalists, teachers etc have used portfolios while job hunting. Only recently has this practice caught on with every other job hunter.
What is a portfolio? “It is a job-hunting tool that you develop that gives employers a complete picture of who you are – your experience, your education, your accomplishments, your skill sets – and what you have the potential to become – much more than just a cover letter and CV/resume can provide. You can use your career portfolio in job interviews to showcase a point, to illustrate the depth of your skills and experience, to show off previous work and accomplishments, or to use as a tool to get a second interview.” – QuintCareers
Basically, a portfolio goes beyond a CV/Resume in giving out information about you to potential employers. Here are some things that are usually included in a good portfolio.
When looking for jobs online, it is crucial to have an online portfolio – someone where you can point potential clients to to showcase your stuff. Think about it. Your potential client is probably on the other side of the world and knows nothing about you or your skill set. You need to introduce him to you and then show off your great qualities. A portfolio does just that! The people over at Nickel Pro have been working online a long time – they know what works and what doesn’t. And they have an offer where they set up portfolios on the cheap.