While doing research for this course I spoke with a remote worker who had gotten laid off and was looking for another remote job. He showed me his resume. It was good but it was missing something: Links to external resources so he could further engage hiring managers.
This guy was in customer success and sales. After telling him to narrow his focus to either customer success or sales and create project pages, we brainstormed other ways he could create external resources that he could host on a portfolio site and link to from his resume.
Because customer success and sales people are personable, I told him to record a two-minute video of himself on his iPhone talking about how he approached tasks as a customer success or sales manager. Similar to the screenshares for his project pages, he could embed them on his portfolio site.
You can also write these out if you’re not comfortable recording yourself, but if you’re in any customer facing position, you should probably make the video.
How to create a “My Approach” page
For your first “My Approach” page, talk about how you approach your profession or a specific area of your profession. For instance, my job is to generate inbound web traffic for companies through content creation so one of my pages talks about how I make this happen. This page of mine is very long. Yours does not need to be this long. Four hundred words or a two minute video is perfect.
For your second “My Approach” page, talk about how you work with a team. You don’t need to say that you are a team player or anything cheesy like that. Just talk honestly about how you work best in a team environment. For instance, I love brainstorming with teams but then also like uninterrupted time to execute on the ideas that came up during the brainstorm. I talk about this on another page.
Note: If you’re a writer, designer, developer, or any other professional that has live projects, you’ll want to create a standard portfolio page. Don’t get too fancy. For inspiration, you can check out my personal portfolio.
Action Step (Optional): Share your portfolio pages in the Reply section below.