Oprah said it best, “Luck is preparation meeting the moment of opportunity.” Whether you’re vacationing abroad, attending a conference or riding public transportation, you should always be ready to promote and share a portfolio of what it is that you do.
According to a Nielsen survey, apps are clearly playing a big role in the lives of all smartphone users. With the average users age 18 and over spending 65 percent more time each month using apps than they did just two years ago, there’s simply no excuse for not having a portfolio or resume building app at your fingertips.
So regardless if you’re an administrative assistant, graphic designer, sales person or entrepreneur, here are a few mobile apps to help get you started.
- Foliobook ($9.99): This is an iPad portfolio app that allows you to present photos and visual artwork. The app is ideal for photographers, agents, designers, models, architects, and any one who wants to display their work using a custom portfolio. It also features a virtual ‘bookbinder’ for you to create and modify your branding on the fly. You can also sync galleries from your Dropbox account and share music.
- VisualCV (free): This is a combination of a resume and personal site. With multimedia features, you can add video, web links, charts of your work and other clickable information.
- Apploi (free): Not only does this app help you find and apply to the latest jobs, it allows you to apply to job postings using video questions, audio scenarios, and more tools that let your personality shine through.
- Levo Resume App (free): An app created by Levo League, an online career site for professional women, it allows you to edit your resumé, get useful career and resumé-building tips, and export to share with others. You can also sync with LinkedIn for easy and quick creation of your resumé.
- Google Drive: This is a free online tool that allows you to create, share and keep all of your files in one place. And you can access them anywhere, even on your iPad or iPhone.
- VoiceThread (free): This app is popular among educators. It’s also noted as a tool for collaboration, professional development, and digital storytelling. Teachers and students can add work samples, images or video within the app. And, you can input comments using text, audio or video.