As a hiring manager, you’ve probably reviewed hundreds if not thousands of resumes in your day, not to mention a myriad of LinkedIn profiles. Some students and recent graduates utilize these rigid tools in the hopes of grabbing your attention enough to get a friendly call about an initial interview. But the one- or two-page list of claims, whether on paper or online, quickly resemble rap lyrics – you can predict with almost 100% accuracy what’s coming next.
Resumes and their slightly more up-to-date counterparts of LinkedIn profiles can be valuable screening tools, but they are hardly foolproof. Prospective hires who have even the slightest ability to use the Internet can – and do – use screening tools of their own to pack buzzwords into their compact, monotonous lists of education, previous jobs and internships, and volunteer work. As a hiring manager, however, resumes and LinkedIn profiles often leave more to be desired.
Going Beyond Empty Claims
Nearly every resume that has graced the desk of someone looking to fill an open position within a company eerily resembles the next. Potential hires are told early on in their education that following the traditional format of a print resume is the right move to get an employer’s attention. In reality, resumes and now LinkedIn profiles are simply a list of claims focused on static accomplishments. And they may or may not be accurate. The individual earned this GPA, mastered these computer or communication skills, and worked for this employer for X number of years – at least that’s what the page reads. While resume components look neat and tidy on paper, but they rarely translate into the story of a potential hire’s real-world experiences.
The Power of the Portfolio
Adding a digital portfolio to the mix of screening tools for new hires gives you as the hiring manager a far more detailed look into the education and work lives of students and recent grads. Imagine if you could quickly scroll through projects completed by a student that easily and accurately show off their skills. Wouldn’t that give you more accurate insight into the potential of the individual than words on a page?
With the help of portfolios like those offered through Portfolium, you have the power to go beyond a potential hire’s list of accomplishments to truly see their capabilities. Using a portfolio as a screening tool, either in addition to or in lieu of a resume or LinkedIn profile, gives you the opportunity to recognize a candidate’s ability to complete a project from start to finish. You also have the chance to gain an understanding of his or her level of creativity and ability to infuse forward thinking into the work – a more robust indicator of how well the potential hire may fit into your organization for the long haul.