By: Ashley Nordman

With graduation right around the corner, many students are beginning to apply for jobs. One of the most essential assets to any applicant’s success is the résumé; it holds your character, your experience, and all of your hard work. Although it may seem like every résumé is unique, in reality most of them end up looking the same. This poses a problem because obviously you want to stand out from the crowd. So how do you make your résumé different from the rest? Turn your résumé into an online portfolio or website! Now I am someone who struggles with technology, so I understand if this sounds intimidating. However, it is quite simple to make an online portfolio thanks to résumé-building websites that do most of the work for you.

Here are a few of my personal favorite websites that help create a variety of professional, yet simple online portfolios for FREE:

  • Weebly – Weebly helps you create your own website, allows you to create a blog where you can post photos and videos, and has tons of multimedia features including photo galleries, beautiful slideshows, audio players, and even maps.
  • LinkedIn – LinkedIn is a combination of a résumé, cover letter reference document and a moving database of your contacts. It is like a professional social network, which makes it easy to use for those familiar with Facebook, for example.
  • Emurse – Emurse provides a résumé builder for you and lets you put it online in an easily printable or downloadable format. Also, it allows you to create a résumé website with a variety of networking opportunities. The website then analyzes your résumé or website and posts relevant listings of job opportunities in the area, and lets you search for positions as well.
  • InternSushiInternSushi, a very modern website, helps you create a digital profile and then allows you to apply for internships and positions related to media (film, TV, sports, music, fashion, PR, publishing, etc.). Businesses look at this website as well, connecting with digital portfolios that interest them.
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