#FlipboardChat Summary: Making a Résumé or Portfolio Magazine

Jenn de la Vega / July 21, 2015


Every Wednesday evening, members of the Flipboard Club—an unofficial group of passionate evangelists—hold a Twitter chat about a Flipboard-centric topic. The chats are usually so informative and inspiring that we thought we’d summarize the tips, tricks and ideas discussed each week and let you know what the next topic is going to be.

Join in the chat at 7pm PT / 10pm ET via the #FlipboardChat hashtag on Twitter. If the time zone doesn’t work for you, join their Facebook group to stay in the loop. Tomorrow’s chat is called “Engaging the Flipboard Community.”

Last week, participants chatted about making a resume or portfolio magazine. Here’s what they said:

Q1. What’s the secret to a winning résumé or portfolio of skills and accomplishments?

  • Does it make people say “WOW” and give them a clear picture of who you are and what you’ll bring to the table?
  • Original yet authentic! Clear, measurable results.
  • Something that best demonstrates your expertise and your skills in an honest and flattering way.
  • Content speaks for itself, then making it readable/understandable. Not a yawner, set yourself apart.
  • Plenty of white space do not overload with loads of information but have short refined and specific details of you.
  • Did you guys see Nina Mufleh’s résumé? A show of passion for the industry! That’s the secret.
  • Catch attention with good design. But don’t go overboard.
  • It’s a gorgeous way to build a portfolio that is optimized for any platform.

Q2. What are the benefits of using Flipboard magazines to build a résumé or portfolio online?

  • Right now, a Flipboard mag is something new and surprising. People want to look at your digital magic.
  • You can put all your pieces in one place and present them beautifully.
  • Differentiation. For most people seeing a Flipboard résumé/portfolio, it will be their first time, which stands out
  • Looks good on any device or platform. Effortless ‘design’ and easy to share
  • The ease of seeing many aspects of the portfolio on one page or in a flip format makes a Flipboard résumé perfect
  • Built my press portfolio & am still trying to figure out the right name. Working on another portfolio mag to share Friday
  • the diversification of what you can put in it is brilliant, videos, blogs, tweets… it tells your story everywhere.
  • Allows for so much more personality and visual play, which is great for those of us who aren’t wordsmiths.
  • It’s a great way to visually showcase relevant skills and accomplishments in a manner that tells a complete story.
  • Be a Flipboard Evangelist (Flipbangelist?) while showing your brand, résumé or portfolio.
  • Use it as a visual résumé: by flipping your magazine people will automatically know what/where your passions lie.

Q3. What types of information would you include in a Flipboard résumé or portfolio magazine?

  • Anything and everything that shows off your contributions and accomplishments. Blog posts, images, videos, graphics.
  • I would include interactive content: videos, websites, etc, that look much better with a preview/image than a link.
  • Things you’ve written, like blogs; coverage of projects you’ve worked on; photos of ur work; videos of preso skills.
  • Client recommendations, forums you are involved in, industries you engage with, blogs you write.

Q4. How can you use Flipboard’s new Compose tool in a résumé or portfolio magazine?

  • That old saying A Picture Can Save A Thousand Words.
  • To add notes or messages.
  • The Compose feature lets you add context to your flips. Why is this piece of content important? What are you saying?
  • You can give a “why” to a flip. You may have a cool project, but you can give the piece context on your overall résumé.
  • You can make sure your potential employer is paying attention by asking them a question 🙂 — like when to meet!
  • Professional photo, bullet points of what is in magazines , LinkedIn profile to start. Try to incorporate a few ref each company with accomplishment.
  • Compose can allow you to add your personal narrative. I wish it were more static and did not move around in the mag.
  • To emphasise a key moment or point when something really impacted on what you achieved or received feedback on.
  • Use it to demonstrate why you chose to add that content to your résumé and what’s significant about it.
  • Explain how you abilities, projects, personality, fit a specific company, answers a particular need, create a position.

Q5. What are some creative ideas for using audio and video in a Flipboard résumé or portfolio?

  • Narrate your magazine! Do a “tell us about yourself” speech, illustrated by your magazine content.
  • Film a project you’re working on. That will show people about your thought processes.
  • I’m a big fan of making mentoring videos, throw a couple of those in. Throw in graphics I’ve done.
  • A client endorsement “Hi everyone, this is how David helped me or helped our company…”
  • Film your personal and business referrals live. Film the people giving you a reference.

Q6. How would you distribute your Flipboard résumé or portfolio to prospective employers or clients?

  • Definitely include a link in your cover letter! And embed the magazine into your website, if you have one.
  • QR Codes. Requires some effort, but is the most effective way to go physical to digital.
  • Not sure..via email, Linked-In?

Q7. What is your advice on choosing a name and cover photo for a Flipboard résumé or portfolio magazine?

  • I think the cover and name of a résumé mag are difficult. Maybe a great photo of a project you’re doing?
  • Take a chance. The best jobs I’ve gotten was because I did, step away from the ordinary, draw employer into your world.
  • The name should be like your mags, 3 words or less and the photo, oh man, that photo must be BOOM!
  • Cover & title question is a great one. I’m going to ask our recruiting team what they think for a perspective.
  • My advice. Keep the name simple, smart and striking. Photo should be engaging but not noisy.
  • Depends on the job. If it were advertising and branding I would want to show off my project name in the title or cover.
  • Choosing a title. Confession: I need guidance here 🙂

Q8. How do you maintain your résumé or portfolio on Flipboard after landing your target job or client?

  • Think of your résumé mag not as a job hunting tool but as a career management tool. Keep flipping your work.
  • Add skills, keep with up with accomplishments.
  • Like your résumé, keep updating it. Unless you have a fake job, you’re accomplishing something 🙂
  • It’s like your life, you have to keep working on it consistently to improve, whether that’s daily or weekly, no shortcuts.
  • Once you start a résumé/portfolio mag, keep curating it as you grow professionally. Refine it at major turning points.

Don’t forget to join the #FlipboardChat tomorrow night: the topic is “Engaging the Flipboard Community.” Start chatting on Twitter at 7pm PT / 10pm ET, or come back to this blog for an update.

~CallieW on behalf of the Flipboard Club