A PWP can enhance a professional portfolio in a number of ways. First it alerts employers that an individual is technologically savvy. Just by the creation of the page shows that one is skilled enough to navigate the technological world. Also a PWP is a place that an individual can highlight key skills or certifications that set them apart from other candidates. This is essential in today’s job market. The PWP can also help employers feel more connected to a candidate because there is a personal element that should be involved in a PWP. This would be impossible to do with a resume alone.
To make sure a PWP is enhancing the professional portfolio some key elements should be included. First one should have an about page that briefly describes who the individual is and some interest that they have. This is the personal element that can help make employers see if a candidate will fit into the atmosphere of the potential job. A PWP should also include pertinent facts to prove that a candidate is qualified. This includes a portion on education, previous work experience, any certifications the individual has, and either a resume or a link to a resume. I also think it is vital to have a blog portion. The blog portion should include the individual’s ideas and feelings on current events or topics in his or her field. This portion shows employers that the candidate is up-to-date on current affairs in the profession. This section also shows the employer that the individual can portray ideas in a professional manner. The last section that is needed is a portion that highlights an individual’s best work.
Some other things that I think help enhance a PWP but are not necessarily a requirement are a section for an individual’s philosophy. This is another personal element that will help employers decide whether an individual’s philosophy is consistent with the program’s vision and goals.
A PWP enhances an individual’s portfolio because it gives employers a place to get as much information about the candidate as possible. The PWP also gives the candidate control over what information the employer is also getting. Having a PWP is a win-win for both the employer and the individual.