Last week I talked about my recent endeavors in hiring interns. This week, we’re continuing with the same trend. Each interview I host, I request an online portfolio. I ask for these because most of my meetings are over Skype which means that I can’t take a booklet or pictures.
However, it’s more important than just seeing the past work of a student. I need to be able to see how they put that work together and present it. When I look for a content creator, I need to know that they have a history of creating content but can also present that history well. It shows me that they understand what they are doing in many different ways.
What is an Online Portfolio?
An online portfolio is a website that shows your best work. If you are a freelancer, it might look a little something like mine. On the other hand, students might go for something a little simpler. In general, you can host your portfolio on any site.
However, there are pros and cons to each choice. Some website builders like Wix offer free and easy to build pages with drag and drop functionality. Others like WordPress.org require credit cards but give better SEO opportunities for those looking to grow organically.
Things to Look for in a Portfolio Website
- Free Versions: Looking for a free plan is a great way to start if you will only be using it to apply for jobs. This will also let you get your feet wet without having to pay money on something you don’t want.
- Custom Domain: While a free version won’t get you a completely custom domain, you should still look for something that allows you to add your touch to the domain. For example, WordPress.com will let you add your domain in front to say something like example.wordpress.com.
- Free Theme: If you want to create a website for the first time, there is a chance that you won’t be able to create a theme from scratch. For this reason, it will be easier to find a free theme that you can customize for your use.
- Drag and Drop Functionality: As talked about before, Wix offers the ability to drag and drop to create a page. While there are downsides to this type of building, it’s perfect for someone looking to build a simple online portfolio or resume for job applications.
- Mobile-Friendly: Make sure that your website or website host can create a mobile-friendly site. This is important because many people, even hiring managers, will often use their phones to look you up if they are out.
How to Start Building a Website
Building a website will start by creating an account. After that, you will choose a theme and get to editing. In general, you want to have your work, a small about section, and a small contact section. There aren’t any other required steps to build a website. It’s all up to you. Make sure to add descriptions of your work and how you went about doing what you did.
If you need help with the creation of your website, feel free to schedule a time to talk with me. I offer free consultations to new clients and have a passion for helping students, nonprofits, and sustainable good businesses.