It's a digital world. Magazines are folding, websites are exploding, and the written word is most likely found on a device rather than paper nowadays. I do still love a good book and I read the paper on Sundays. But let's face it: digital is here.
I was interviewed last week about this and basically I said that I think words are words. Whether they're on a screen on a sheet of paper, ideas are ideas and stories are stories. There is no doubt that the times they are a-changin'. It is sort of sad if you think about it too much, but if you should read The Shallows. It's a really interesting read about how our brains are changing with the rise of the digital age. It also talks about how the printing press was shunned because people believed that verbal communication (and storytelling) was an art that would be lost if people wrote them down.
Okay. And we're back.
Resumes have been top of mind for me. Of course, there are plenty of resources to figure out how to make your resume better, but there is also something to be said for having a really great digital portfolio. Most people in creative fields have a portfolio and likely a digital one, but I think it's actually something that everyone should have.
If you keep up with the portfolio, you will always have something in your back pocket (literally) to show people your talents. Your portfolio might include: clippings, writing samples, photographs, links to your social sites... really any kind of work you think is worth sharing and doesn't exactly fit on a traditional "resume."
There are a few platforms that I suggest and you can decide which works best for you. I'm also interested to hear if you have one yourself and how you use it!
Tumblr | This is one of the easiest platforms to use because of the simple upload process. You can also password protect the "blog" which is definitely a bonus. Another benefit is that you can upload different forms of media. Tumblr lets you easily upload links, photographs, videos, plain text, and even voice recordings. It might look more beautiful with photographs, but you can toggle your theme choice to suit your needs the best.
Pinterest | I go back and forth on whether this is actually a good idea or not. I think it's a good idea if your work is super visual and if it shows up in different places. (That is, why would you pin from the same source. Might as well send them the original link with everything.) You can have one board devoted to your "portfolio" or you can have different boards for different types of works. The good? Your work can spread somewhat virally! The bad? It's public.
Wix or Wordpress | Wix allows you to build your own website super easy. Actually, it's kind of scary how easy it really is. Completely WYSIWYG. I recommend purchasing your name as a domain and using it as a place to really brand yourself. (I know, I know.... personal branding is kind of overused right now!) Wordpress is also a great option. You can install a theme that turns the site into a portfolio. It's also really simple to update.
Dropbox | This is my favorite. With the mobile app and desktop functionality, you can literally store anything on your phone. I like to keep a document running on my computer and updating it as new things need to be added. I save as a PDF and then I have it ready whenever I need it. You never know when you'll need it. I actually store all kinds of documents (drafts of projects, old brainstorms, lists of my favorite quotations, etc.) and open the PDFs as needed. It's super easy to send links to the documents too since they're in the cloud. Aside from just a digital portfolio, you could have your regular (up-to-date) resume at the ready. Instantly send someone a link to the PDF before you even leave the conversation. (I've done it and I've seen it done before.) As for a portfolio, you can have a document with your best writing samples (or whatever...).
Do you have a digital portfolio? What platform do you use?