Blowing your own trumpet

2005

A few years back, many people predicted that web portfolios would replace the CV / Resume as the main tool in the job-seekers armoury. It never happened.

But according to an Associated press piece, the idea never really went away - and now dedicated self-publicists can complement their online testimonial with a personal blog.

Web portfolios are Web sites that people build to show off their professional accomplishments. A good site will include more than just a resume. It might provide links to published articles and papers or evidence of successful project management. Words of praise from clients, peers and industry superstars are also common.

Blogs are also being touted as a strategy for career enhancement. The idea is for professionals to start blogs that focus on topics of interest to people in their fields. The goal is to position yourself as an expert in the field - at least among people who read blogs.

A blog is actually better for the career than a Web portfolio, which is just another form of the resume, said Jeff Kaye, CEO, of recruiting firm Kaye/Bassman in Dallas.

A good blog can show that you are up to date on the latest ideas and news in your industry, he said. A resume or Web portfolio only highlights your past accomplishments.

Associated Press | Web Sites, Blogs Can Boost Your Career