A digital portfolio can help you demonstrate your skills in action, highlight your accomplishments, and showcase your personal brand.
We’ve seen rapid changes over the past few years in the workplace, especially in the wake of the pandemic, but nothing has had as big of an impact on the job market as technology. The way we work and apply for jobs has changed dramatically, thanks to computers and smartphones that give us access to unlimited tools and information at our fingertips. So it makes sense that your CV would be digitised, too.
For decades, the traditional CV has played a significant role in recruitment. Yet employers and job seekers are now placing less importance on the standard CV, and are instead choosing to embrace all that the online world has to offer the recruitment process. Employers are looking for more than just a list of skills and experiences. They want to see evidence of your achievements, your personality, and your potential.
One way to showcase your value as a candidate is to create a digital portfolio, for a example a LinkedIn profile, that includes links to your work projects, testimonials, social media profiles, and other relevant online content. A digital portfolio can help you demonstrate your skills, highlight your accomplishments, and showcase your personal brand. Through this one link you can provide a real insight into who you are as a person, the things you have achieved professionally, along with real life evidence of your previous successes.
Not necessarily – A CV still serves as a concise summary of your qualifications and a way to introduce yourself to potential employers. However, a CV alone may not be enough to capture their attention and interest.
A CV should be seen as a complement to your digital portfolio, not a replacement. A CV should provide an overview of your background and career goals, while a digital portfolio should provide more depth and detail about your work. A CV should also include links to your digital portfolio so that employers can easily access it and learn more about you.
The two work together to present a complete picture of who you are and what you can offer. It’s acceptable to use links in your resume, cover letter, or any form of the job application, assuming you’re submitting it online. A staggering 90% of applications are now online, and you should be adding links to your portfolio, your LinkedIn page, and depending on your industry and the type of work that you’ve done, you should include links to any published work to support your application. By creating both, you can increase your chances of landing an interview and impressing potential employers.
The most important thing is to link to your proudest and best work, as well as projects that are the most relevant to the role you’re applying to.
Like any other aspect of your job search, just be sure they’re professional, relevant, and presenting the best image of you. For more information about optimising your LinkedIn profile/portfolio check out our previous guide here .
Gillian comes from a large multinational telecoms environment, where she worked in Finance/HR and Project Administration for over 9 years. She also has many years editorial/desktop publishing experience.
Since joining CareerWise Recruitment, Gillian has been focusing on developing and utilising all relevant aspects of social and professional media. Gillian has a strong creative acumen and develops, implements and executes a clear, engaging content marketing strategy. Her creative content generation is compelling and increases awareness and brand visibility.
She is CIPD (University of Limerick) qualified and also holds a diploma in Business Studies.
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