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How to Create a Portfolio

Think of a portfolio as a supplemental tool to use during your job/academic search. It shouldn’t take the place of a resume or cover letter, but an effective portfolio can help show off your skills and projects in a way that just can’t be matched by a resume alone. A portfolio is typically a website (digital) or .pdf (print) file that provides examples of your work and projects. The best portfolios show a little bit about you and a lot about the projects and work that you want to highlight for employers.

Reasons for Creating a Portfolio

A portfolio does a few things, it a.) provides visual proof of your talents and contributions to potential employers, b.) helps you stand out from the competition – not everybody thinks to do one, and c.) allows you to market yourself professionally.

Simply put, a strong portfolio allows employers to visually … 

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Employer Perspective: Using LinkedIn Effectively

We are joined once again by several recruiters with CoverMyMeds offering advice for your LinkedIn strategy.

What are the essential elements of a LinkedIn Profile?

  • Include a picture! Profiles without a picture seem pretty bare.
  • Don’t just list a job title and dates of employment. Include a description of what you accomplished. It can be short – 1-2 sentences, or 3 bullets but should give the reader a good sense of what your actual responsibilities are/were, especially if you’re actively looking for new opportunities.
  • Education details can help establish commonality between you and the company/recruiter/hiring manager/etc.
  • The “Featured skills and Endorsements” section does not tend to carry a ton of weight as endorsements do not require much effort for other people to give you. For technical roles, calling out the tech stack/tools you have experience with here makes sense, but you can do that in several different places. “Recommendations” on … 
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Should I Have an Online Portfolio?

Do you ever get tired of trying to fit all of your experiences on a single page resume? Do you feel that simply explaining your projects doesn’t give them justice? Trying to figure out ways that you can set yourself apart from the competition?

If you responded yes to any of these questions, then the answer might be creating an online portfolio. Online portfolios are a great addition to your resume and other application materials. In a Forbes article they explain that, “According to Workfolio, a newly launched company that develops applications for professional visibility, 56% of all hiring managers are more impressed by a candidate’s personal website than any other personal branding tool—however, only 7% of job seekers actually have a personal website”. Take advantage of those numbers by standing out with a work portfolio. Here are some benefits to creating one:

Creative Freedom. Resumes need to be structured so … 

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ECS launches Buckeye Engineers Work!

Join the #BuckeyeEngineersWork campaign for the month of April and enter to win a free suit!

Are you excited about your upcoming co-op, internship, or full-time employment? Or are you looking for that right opportunity? During the month of April, ECS is celebrating the exciting work opportunities our engineering students have done and will be doing, and we are also doing a push to help those who are looking! See below for opportunities!

Every student who participates in ANY of the below activities will be entered in a drawing to win a $300 gift card to Easton Shopping Center to buy a new suit.  Multiple activities = multiple entries!

Already got work?

If you’ve already accepted a position, participate in any or all of the following:

  1. COOKIES! Report your internship, co-op, or career employment, and then come to ECS to receive an individually wrapped Cheryl’s cookie.  Note: Enrollment in … 
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Do Employers Really Screen Students' Social Media Accounts?

We’ve all heard online warning phrases like “what you put on the Internet stays forever” or “what you say or do online is permanent.” But checking our social media accounts has become part of our daily routines. The rise of social networking sites has opened up various platforms for us to express ourselves, which also means our digital footprints are increasing. Anyone, including a potential employer, can learn a lot about you based on your social media profiles in a relatively short time. But do employers actually look at your Facebook or your most recent Tweet? The answer is yes. According to the 2014 Social Recruiting Survey led by Jobvite, 93% of recruiters will review a candidate’s social profile before making a hiring decision. Therefore, whether you agree with this as a screening practice or not, here are the top dos and don’ts for using social media.

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  • Use … 
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