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Working with online resumes and portfolios

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In addition to your resume, a lot of job seekers are creating online resumes or even online portfolios, which can be a fantastic tool to add to your career toolbox. There are many advantages to creating an online resume and/or a portfolio in addition to your traditional resume. One of the more obvious benefits is it will increase your visibility and presence and will put you in front of more employers and recruiters. An online portfolio allows you to showcase and highlight more than just your resume.

Working with online resumes and portfolios

In addition to your resume, a lot of job seekers are creating online resumes or even online portfolios, which can be a fantastic tool to add to your career toolbox. There are many advantages to creating an online resume and/or a portfolio in addition to your traditional resume. One of the more obvious benefits is it will increase your visibility and presence and will put you in front of more employers and recruiters. An online portfolio allows you to showcase and highlight more than just your resume.

You can add samples of your work as proof of your talent. You can add such things as brochures, presentations, projects, papers, or even reports. You can add testimonials from clients, letters of recommendation, or even quotes from exceptional evaluations you've received from past employers. You could showcase any awards or honors you've received. You could include a professional development section that lists seminars, conferences, and any work-related courses that you've attended.

If you're in a creative field, you can even include such things as photography, digital images, and graphic artwork. And just on the side, be sure that it's protected as much as possible from pirating and that it's copyrighted. Consider listing your degrees, licenses, and certifications. Just think, there is so much more than what you can fit on a traditional resume that could increase your chances of winning an interview and then the job. Last but not least, don't forget to add keywords throughout for search optimization, so you can be found.

Don't include anything that will place you at risk of having your identity stolen. You don't want shady people using a copy of your certifications, diplomas, or degrees, so don't post anything that might be downloaded and revised for who knows what purpose. Instead, just use text to describe certifications or degrees, not a scanned copy of the degree itself. Some web sites suggest including your references, but remember, anyone with web access can see your site, not just potential employers.

It is the world wide web. Respect your references by not sharing their contact information with the world. If you're a web designer or have experience creating professional-looking web sites, you may want to show your stuff by adding interaction. If you don't have these skills, consider using a portfolio web site that provides simple uploading of information as it creates a site for you. Some portfolio and online sites offer free web hosting. There are also others that offer more bells and whistles, but they usually charge a fee.

Be sure to keep all the links active in your resume and updated. You don't want an outdated resume online while giving a potential employer a completely different copy. A well-presented professionally made portfolio can provide hard evidence that you are the best candidate for the position. You can add a link to your portfolio in your traditional resume, or even mention it when writing your targeted cover letters. Just remember that your portfolio is representing you. Make sure it's polished and nothing but professional.

You can create an online resume or create a portfolio that includes your resume and other additional information. Speaking of online resumes, for more information about creating one from scratch, lynda.com has a whole course on creating online resumes, appropriately named Creating an Online Resume.

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Creating an Effective Resume

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  1. 3m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 23s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
    3. Filling out the career management worksheet
      1m 34s
  2. 29m 13s
    1. Creating a marketing campaign
      2m 50s
    2. Discovering your dream job
      3m 39s
    3. Understanding the importance of keywords
      2m 14s
    4. Finding essential keywords
      6m 34s
    5. Incorporating action verbs
      4m 51s
    6. Getting results using PAR statements
      4m 40s
    7. Researching the employer
      4m 25s
  3. 37m 2s
    1. Targeting your resume
      7m 16s
    2. Sidestepping blunders and the "10-Second Screen-Out"
      5m 44s
    3. Deciding on resume length
      6m 29s
    4. Keeping your resume concise
      5m 23s
    5. Refreshing your resume
      4m 52s
    6. Critiquing your resume
      3m 31s
    7. Avoiding identity theft
      3m 47s
  4. 21m 14s
    1. Entering the workforce
      7m 48s
    2. Filling in employment gaps
      5m 21s
    3. Dealing with long-term employment
      3m 9s
    4. Switching career paths
      4m 56s
  5. 12m 38s
    1. Understanding resume jargon
      1m 27s
    2. Reverse chronological
      2m 25s
    3. Functional
      6m 11s
    4. Combined chrono-functional
      2m 35s
  6. 7m 1s
    1. Understanding the curriculum vitae (CV)
      3m 29s
    2. Working with online resumes and portfolios
      3m 32s
  7. 41m 23s
    1. Formatting fundamentals for your resume
      6m 39s
    2. Including (or not including) an objective
      4m 10s
    3. Creating a headline
      5m 1s
    4. Writing a qualifications summary
      4m 47s
    5. Showcasing achievements vs. listing job duties
      5m 31s
    6. Including technical information
      5m 22s
    7. Putting your education to work
      4m 41s
    8. Including awards, honors, and other information
      5m 12s
  8. 19m 1s
    1. Knowing which file format is best
      2m 10s
    2. Saving to earlier versions of Word
      2m 48s
    3. Saving as a PDF
      5m 27s
    4. Creating a RTF version
      3m 54s
    5. Saving to HTML format
      4m 42s
  9. 15m 9s
    1. Evaluating online resume banks
      5m 32s
    2. Writing effective names for resume banks
      3m 43s
    3. Double-checking formatting after uploading
      2m 45s
    4. Becoming too visible
      3m 9s
  10. 21m 45s
    1. Creating a cover letter
      7m 47s
    2. Compiling your references
      4m 35s
    3. Writing thank-you notes
      5m 38s
    4. Printing, copying, and the importance of paper
      3m 45s
  11. 52s
    1. Goodbye
      52s

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