Pinning down a job search strategy that works best for you is hard to do. Thankfully, the Internet has been infiltrated by a wide array of do-it-yourself (DIY) blog posts, many of them finding a home on Pinterest. Many of us probably have our own DIY boards that we pin to on a daily basis. We often find ourselves saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
This got me thinking: what about DIY for your job search? There are plenty of “projects” that job seekers do every day. So for all you DIY’ers, here are two projects to help you pin down your job search (Pinterest style!):
HOW TO MAKE A PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO
While online portfolios are definitely trendy and super convenient, the traditional professional portfolio still has a place in the world.
What you’ll need:
- A professional looking binder or scrapbook (Michaels or Office Depot are great places to look)
- Extra paper covers (try here)
- Resume paper (if on a budget, you can forgo this)
- Your best professional work
- Organize your materials and work samples in an easy-to-read manner.
- Create a table of contents for your portfolio.
- Select only the best of your work, not everything you’ve ever done.
- Make several copies of your resume, statement of purpose, and references to put in each respective sleeve.
- Organize your portfolio. Remember that each page should have it’s own sleeve. It’s okay to use both sides though!
- Insert your dividers to make it easy for hiring managers to find what he or she is looking for quickly. These dividers should be the same as your table of contents.
- Put some of these samples on your online portfolio for additional viewing or offer additional copies of your best work.