A portfolio sets you apart from the pile of boring resumes

March 23, 2022

Almost 2 million students will graduate with bachelor’s degrees this spring, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Students are competing with 2 million other recent grads for entry-level jobs! And that doesn’t even factor in the people who’ve already been working a few years. 

Here’s the good news: you have ways to stand out from the crowd!

Yes, even as a high school student, you can capture the attention of a hiring manager. Most people applying for jobs are going to start with a resume and a generic application form. 

Even applicants with amazing experiences get turned down because of their resumes. Sometimes it’s just typos or formatting glitches. The point is, a resume does more harm than good.

Don’t be “most people.” Employers want to know basic information about you that isn’t on a resume.

  • How likely are you to show up? 
  • Are you going to follow instructions? 
  • Will other employees enjoy working with you?

A portfolio is your secret to success.

It can transform even the most ordinary life into something special. Why? Because a person looking at your portfolio feels like they’re getting to know you as a person. Your hobbies, your interests, your recommendations from other employers… a portfolio does some serious work on your behalf even before the interview.

Employers want to hire passionate people, and a resume can’t convey that. 

If you haven’t created a portfolio, get started now!


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