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I'm a CS student entering my third year of university. I am in a Co-op program, and finished two work terms. I am now applying for part time web developer/IT positions at my university (in a work-study program where full time students can apply for part time jobs related to their field) so that I can ensure I have enough money to pay off 4th year.

I have an online "portfolio" to showcase my web skills. I have an about me section (brief summary of me), an education section (where I mention a list of relevant courses I completed first and second year), and a portfolio section where I have a list of projects I worked on for school / software developed during courses. But since most of my CS courses are math, I only have 2 significant software related projects to showcase. Is it okay if I fill this area up with my work term 1 and 2 review?

Basically, as a web/IT manager going through applications, would you want to see a students previous work term review in the "portfolio" section of his website when hiring for part time job?

Or is it something which should be saved when asked for references / questioned about previous employers during or after an interview?

Edits: I will be applying with a resume, and a link to my online portfolio will be on my resume. Also, my co-op work terms are related to the part time jobs I will be applying for.

  • which country is this? – DarkCygnus Aug 10 '17 at 23:45
  • @GrayCygnus Toronto, ON, Canada. – user2719875 Aug 10 '17 at 23:46
  • Ok... and by "term review" you mean? Other projects you have worked but not related to software development per se? – DarkCygnus Aug 10 '17 at 23:47
  • @GrayCygnus I worked as a web developer during a co-op work term (a full time contract position lasting 4-8 months offered to students so that students can develop experience related to their field before graduating). Every student is given a review by their supervisor of how they did during their co-op work term (ranked from 1-5 on dependability, efficiency, hard work, ability to get along with others etc and a brief comment made by the supervisor about the student regarding work ethic). My supervisors review of how I did during my stay at the company is what I mean when saying "term review". – user2719875 Aug 10 '17 at 23:52
  • I see you further edited your question, I will edit my answer to better fit your post... – DarkCygnus Aug 11 '17 at 0:10
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Basically, as a web / IT manager going through applications, would you want to see a students previous work term review in the "portfolio" section of his website when hiring for part time job? ...

First of all I consider that someone looking to hire new recruits (being developers or not) is more likely to expect a Resume, or if more detail is needed a CV (Curriculum Vitae). Do not expect that person to browse through your personal website in search for the information they seek.

Regarding your question, yes you could fit those Term Reviews in your portfolio, as they are related to the jobs you apply.

The Term Reviews could also go in your CV instead. I would not recommend adding them to your Resume, as it should stay concise and efficient in showing your skills. If you can paraphrase the review in a few lines (like "Excellent work during all time worked") then you could add them.

However, I would refrain from adding anything in my Resume if it is not related to the job you seek.

Note: Please refer to What is the difference between a resume and a CV? for a better description of what a resume and a CV are.

... Or is it something which should be saved when asked for references / questioned about previous employers during or after an interview?

I would say yes. During an interview is probably the best moment you can show them your personal website, as they have more time to look at it in detail and ask you follow-up questions about it.


So bottom line: I recommend you create a Resume so you can use it to efficiently and concisely draw the attention of possible recruiters (Your edit says you already have one, good).

You website you can mention during interviews, so they get more detailed information about you if prompted for evidence. Also, for those things you consider not related to the jobs you seed you could add them in a new tab more proper to their nature, like "Miscellaneous" or "Other works".

  • I edited my answer and added new options for your website... those reviews could go in a new tab more proper to their nature as explained in the answer – DarkCygnus Aug 11 '17 at 0:09
  • Okay thanks (I am applying with a resume and my website is linked on my resume). By "You website you can (should) mention during interviews, so they get more detailed information about you" do you mean I should mention the website during the interview? – user2719875 Aug 11 '17 at 0:11
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    Is something you could mention if they ask for a backup on what you say your skills are, as a way to prove them "see, I did worked on this and my review was good", editing the answer – DarkCygnus Aug 11 '17 at 0:14
  • I don't agree that performance reviews should be included on either a resume or a CV. I think you're reading too much into the differences between a resume and a CV (and I can't help but feel like you largely included that section because the question is featured). – Dukeling Aug 11 '17 at 0:45
  • Not only from the feature questions (and chats), this question was somehow related to that topic.. I said he could add those in the cv. He was also mainly asking if he should add those to the webpage, somewhere more fit for those details. – DarkCygnus Aug 11 '17 at 1:04

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