Career Fair Research: ePortfolios Impress Employers
If you’re looking for a reason to update your ePortfolio, try taking a look at the latest research: At the Pleasantville career fair on October 10, 2012 ten out of ten employers who were asked stated that they would look at a candidate’s ePortfolio at some point during the hiring process.
Two ePortfolio student assistants (also known as “eTerns”) Michelle Birch and Megan Burke approached recruiters from various fields, from finance to communications, about ePortfolio. The first presented ePortfolio as a link on a paper resume (placed beneath the contact information) and asked and employers if they would be inclined to click access the link. Seven of them said they would, while three said they would wait to look at it later on in the hiring process, perhaps before interviewing a candidate.
Next they showed recruiters ePortfolio pages on the iPad. Most of the employers had never seen an ePortfolio and agreed that it would differentiate the job seeker from other candidates. After seeing ePortfolio for the first time, one employer said she might even search for ePortfolios going forward. Another employer liked that ePortfolio showcased a candidate’s experience, but warned against posting unprofessional pictures.
When used correctly, placing an ePortfolio link on your resume is enough to make employers curious. What better reason to polish up your ePortfolio and show employers your unique skills and experience? For assistance with your ePortfolio contact email@example.com
By: Samantha Egan