In this step you finally get to start adding some cool content to your site that will give your visitors a first impression of some of the great things you can do.
Job recruiters love portfolio pages because they can discover your key skills and talents with a quick scan of the page. Headhunters love portfolio pages because they are an impressive way to prove that that you have what it takes to do the job. Employers love portfolio pages because they provide concrete examples of your skills in action.
This is the page that lands you the job interview. They will look forward to meeting you.
What to Put in Your Portfolio
Before you start building the page, you need to decide which skills and accomplishments you want to highlight. Then you can decide how to express those talents in words and a picture. Here’s a plan to help you get started:
- Brainstorm. List your most impressive talents, skills, projects and achievements.
- Shortlist. Narrow the list down to four to six items that you want to highlight in your portfolio.
- Find Images. Find or create images that represent each item you want to highlight on your Portfolio page.
Where to Find Images
- Screen captures of projects you’ve worked on, websites you’ve published, or blog posts you’ve written. To capture a screenshot to the clipboard of your computer, press the Print Screen button on your keyboard (Prt SC). Then paste the image into a paint program like Microsoft Paint. Save it as a JPEG
- Logos of programming languages, technologies or companies you’ve worked for
- Photos or illustrations of your work, or that are symbolic of your work
- Title page or a slide from an article or presentation you created
Sources for Royalty-Free Images
These sites offer free and paid images that you can use on your site. Make sure to read the fine print and give credit to the source of the image if requested by the author.
- http://www.webdesign-ne.ws/ – Search for “free images”
- Stock.xchng http://www.sxc.hu/
- Do You Need an eResume Portfolio Website?
- DIY e-Resume Portfolio: Let’s Get Started
- DIY e-Resume Portfolio Step 1: Claim Your Space on the Web
- DIY e-Resume Portfolio Step 2: Install WordPress
- DIY e-Resume Portfolio Step 3: Choose a WordPress Theme
- DIY e-Resume Portfolio Step 4: Install a New Theme on Your Site
- DIY e-Resume Portfolio Step 5: Create a Logo and Upload It to Your Site
- DIY e-Resume Portfolio Step 6: Menu and Reading Settings
- DIY e-Resume Portfolio Step 7: Get Social with Your Visitors
- You are here: DIY e-Resume Portfolio Step 8: Set Up Your Portfolio Page
- DIY e-Resume Portfolio Step 9: WordPress Backups and Security