Why You Shouldn't Have Your Resume In Your Portfolio
You might as well be wondering,
shouldn't my portfolio website contain every details about me ? , how would recruiters get to see my resume when they access my portfolio ? and what exactly should be in my resume and portfolio website ?.
From my personal research, i have seen lots of portfolio websites having lots of personal details, while some people still building their portfolio are also planning to follow the same trend.
In this article, i will highlight what should be in your portfolio and resume and also the various reasons why you shouldn't have your resume in your portfolio website. I want to believe you will learn a lot so KEEP READING.
What should be in your resume and portfolio
Your portfolio is meant to contain a brief description about yourself, your skill set and most importantly show the work you've done and the actual projects you want to display, so when your employer or recruiter sees it, he reckons you know what you are doing and you can be of great value and asset to the organization.
Your resume should contain your personal informations such as a brief information about yourself that will match the job description you are applying for, your educational background, work experience, major projects, address, phone number, email and other relevant details such as link to your portfolio and blog post.
Note: In your portfolio, ensure you have just very few big projects you have worked on and not so many small projects.
Tips On your resume, add the major projects you have done at the top or a very highly placed organization you have previously worked at. Have a customized resume targeted for specific job description i.e don't put out all information in the resume, for example, a company want to hire a frontend developer, you don't add node.js or SQL as your major skill set even though you have the skill, place your important skills at the top of that matches the job description.
Why you shouldn't have your resume in your portfolio
- When you are applying for a job, you are actually sending out your resume and sometimes cover letter and a link to your portfolio. So recruiters having gotten your resume will not say oh! let me go back to his/her website and checkout his information's again, they access your portfolio to see your works and the projects you've worked on. The person that will hire you doesn't check out all your information in your website, because you are just sending in your resume, so why bulk your portfolio with too much details that should actually be in your separate resume.
- You resume should be structured according to the position you are applying for. it means you have to tweak your resume for every type of job position you are applying for and target it to specific recruiters. So having your resume embedded in your portfolio website, you are releasing the same information to all recruiters who accesses your website, which will make it difficult to get an interview to be specific because the content of your resume in your website might not match the job description.
- You don't want to leak out or share all the information about yourself to the whole world, it should be targeted to your audience or your recruiters. You actually want to have some privacy and security as well. Your home address shouldn't be on your website as people might want to do you harm, you want to protect your personal email, people should email you because you send it to them not any random person just have access your email.
Finally, you want to be in control of the informations you release out there. Therefore, your resume should be separate from your portfolio and it should be given out only by recruiters or employers. so that's it guys for now!!!
I am just given out the advice i got from mentors and highly experienced developers. i hope you pick one or two from the article. You can make your own decision though but i believe you will thank me later.