While you believe it’s obvious that you are so much more than just your GPA, major, and school ranking, it is important that employers understand that as well. And that’s where Portfolium can help. An ePortfolio gives employers a chance to see the real you based on the skills you’ve proven with your work inside (e.g., presentations) and outside (e.g., clubs) of the classroom. To land the internship or job you desire, it all begins with employers being able to find you and then being wowed by what you have to offer. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the elements that make a great profile.
Exceeding Entry Expectations
When it comes to how many entries to include in your profile, there is no magic number. But it makes sense that the more entries you have, the better idea a potential employer will have of who you are, your experience, and what you can accomplish. A good number of entries also indicates you are actively updating your profile instead of visiting it every six months.
As for the types of entries to include in your profile, make sure there’s a variety. Include entries that relate to your major or desired career path, along with additional entries from any clubs, activities, or volunteer work you take part in. Remember, the goal is to give employers a well-rounded picture of who you are.
Showcase Your Skills
Listing skills on your profile as they relate to your major is good, but employers are routinely finding today’s graduates lacking in the skills that go beyond what you’ve learned academically. According to a survey conducted by the nonprofit National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the top five skills employers are looking for in job candidates are the ability to:
- Work within a team structure
- Make decisions and solve problems
- Communicate verbally with others inside and outside an organization
- Plan, organize, and prioritize
- Obtain and process information
If you possess any of these skills, make sure they are part of your profile! Of the 76 skills Isabel Garcia lists in her profile, many are those related to her Visual Arts major at University of California San Diego, but she also has most of the skills mentioned above.
The Final Details
In addition to your entries and skills, your profile should also have a detailed description of your education, work and volunteer experience, and any accolades you’ve received. These are all extra touchpoints that can grab an employer’s attention. And make sure your introduction isn’t just a bullet list of accomplishments. Get creative with your ‘elevator pitch’ like Jonathon Lee did. First, he shares what his work passions are and how he hopes to use them in his career. Next, he sheds light on his hobbies and then finishes with a call-to-action of how potential employers can reach him.
One final detail to keep top of mind is your profile and cover pictures. You can be creative, especially if it relates to your major, but keep it professional. And no selfies. After all, you’re trying to find a job, not a date.
Share with us in the comments what you think makes a great profile.
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