Student Spotlight: How Nathan is using Seelio in his job search

Nathan Ritter

 

The other week we got an email from Seelion student Nathan Ritter with the subject line “Employer Feedback on my Portfolio”. Inside was this quote from an employer who reviewed Nathan’s Seelio:

“You have by far the most useful and well laid-out portfolio among all the responses we’ve received, and we’ve received a lot…”

We were thrilled and couldn’t wait to talk more with Nathan– a recent graduate from Northwestern Engineering’s Segal Design Institute–  about how he has been using Seelio in his job search. Read more about his experience and see his advice below.

1. Why did you decide to create a portfolio on Seelio in addition to your personal website?

Seelio provided me with a platform with just the right amount of rigidity, where I could express myself through content choices, but it has been a lot easier to maintain than going into the source code of my website. It’s a lot less frustrating for me.

2. How have you used your Seelio in your job search?

I send a link to my Seelio portfolio with every application I submit. Almost every job I apply for asks for a portfolio, but even if they don’t, I send it along to share examples of my work. I have also used it as a talking piece during interviews, showing interviewers the visuals, while I discuss what I did on the project.

3. How have employers responded to your portfolio?

I haven’t had many direct responses about the portfolio: most employers are more interested in the content than how it’s shared, but the specific things I have heard have been positive, especially the tidbit I shared with Moses above. For that employer, it turned out that my focus wasn’t quite what they were looking for but I was glad to find that out sooner rather than later.

4. What tips do you have for other students who might want to use a portfolio in their job search?

Hmm, you guys are the experts and have some really great advice written already, so maybe the first thing is to browse the Seelio blog’s Tips section. Then:

  • Put more projects up than you think you should. You’ll never know what an employer will get interested in, and the “featured” projects will get the attention of those who don’t want to dig through 15 projects.
  • Have someone else read over your copy, especially someone from outside of your ‘bubble’. Get their feedback, particularly on making sure you’re specific and not jargony. That’s been a key focus of my revisions.
  • And have a story that you can tell by walking through your portfolio, or a subset of it. Show growth (that means showing stuff that wasn’t as good, too), and be prepared with that story before your interview.

A big thanks to Nathan for the great advice and for being a part of the Seelio community! Have your own advice about using a portfolio in the job search? Share it with us at students@seelio.com.