To help job applicants get noticed.
A Note From The Founder
There’s an old piece of wisdom about the value of self-promotion that seems appropriate to share with you, especially since I live in Boston which is home to the much-scorned cod:
The codfish lays ten thousand eggs,
The homely hen lays one.
The codfish never cackles
To tell you what she’s done—
And so we scorn the codfish
While the humble hen we prize.
It only goes to show you
That it pays to advertise!
You can have all the smarts and skills in the world, but if you can’t cackle about yourself via an online portfolio, you’re laying an egg (in the theatrical sense, of course).
As you know, major job search portals will process your resume via complex software algorithms. These often integrate machine learning technologies to score, sort, and filter your resume in ways you may not have intended.
In the old days, you mailed your resume to a person (ie, the head of HR). These days, you have no idea whether your resume was received, processed, processed correctly, or even seen at all. It may well have been glanced at and sorted into a waiting online folder or—worse--deleted.
Applicants to job portals such as LinkedIn, Indeed.com and others suffer the indignity of spending hours of work just to prepare a single job submission, along with time spent on a cover letter, only to get a form reply or no reply at all.
I read an article about a man who was laid off and then came up with a brilliant idea. He stood by a busy street corner handing out his resume.
This man did not create a portfolio, obviously. But he did something similar to stand out from the crowd.
He was flooded with hundreds of job offers within days.
The moral: assemble an online portfolio. You'll find easier (and more fun!) spending a few weeks working with Graduate Portfolios to create one. And it beats standing on the corner cackling about yourself to passing strangers.
Every humble hen knows, it pays to advertise.
- James Lantos, Graduate Portfolios
Meet the Team
James is a former medical researcher and programmer with over 25 years of experience. Previously, he worked as a software developer and technology project manager in the fields of business, law, health care and government. He was also the founder of a 15 year old e-commerce publisher. He graduated with honors from the University of Michigan and also pursued post-graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Massachusetts and Bentley University.
Jim’s portfolio can be seen at jameslantos.com.
For over 20 years Jarrett led development efforts involving web services, web development, digital, portal development and information search. He brings extensive experience designing infrastructure and implementing technology to support large-scale applications for consumer-facing experiences.
Jarrett directed SEO and core programming for AOL Entertainment (Music, Movies, TV) and served as technical lead for AOL Video 2.0. He also lead the development effort of several major blogs and websites including: bicycling.com, organicgardening.com and menshealth.com.
Jarrett has a BS in Information Studies from Syracuse University.