How to add projects to your CV or Portfolio

If you are here, it’s probably because you have projects to show to the world.

Moreover, you may have added them to your resume, and if you haven’t done so yet, maybe it’s because you’re not sure how to do it.

I have to confess that at the beginning I had no idea why I had to add my projects either, nor which ones I should show, let alone how to explain them.

But the truth is that over time I realized that there were projects in all the profiles of professionals that had an impact on LinkedIn.

Some were more interesting than others, but they didn’t leave that space on the profile empty as I did before.

So why not have projects on my CV too?

Thinking about it, I realized that I actually had many more projects than I thought.

How did I add my projects to my resume?

Well, as advice, you should put your projects in the last section of your CV, why? Because this way you will continue to catch the attention of whoever reads it.

Plus they will have seen beforehand what you have studied, what you have worked on, and who you are, and they will be able to give even more value to those projects.

So far so good.
But let’s talk about writing. What title should I give it, and how do I describe it?

Think that with your projects what you want to make everyone who reads your CV see is that you are a proactive person.

A person who creates projects to learn even more about their field and others that interest them. 🚀

And some of this you have to add in your descriptions.

Come on, let’s learn a bit more about it. 👇

What title should I give to my projects?

Here you can choose between different options depending on what you want to convey and how you communicate on your CV.

The first option I give you is the simplest: to write the project’s name, no more and no less. And you will explain what it consists of, and you will attract more attention in the description. 

I recommend you to do it this way if the projects are really a plus for your profile and it is good that users who visit your portfolio (or CV) see that you have projects, but you are not particularly interested in them reading the description. 

It is enough for you to show the number of projects and their titles. 

However, if you want them to read the description and really be interested in your projects, I recommend that you opt for a more original option: create a small phrase that represents the project and attracts attention.

As if it were the title of a book or a blog post, you can write something like “This is how I learned digital marketing” and explain the project in which you really learned digital marketing.

This way is much more creative and will really captivate anyone who visits your profile.

You can even use copywriting techniques for this, which are specialized in writing persuasive titles, such as the 4U formula.

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How do I describe my projects?

Every project is different, and you should describe it as it deserves to be described. 

Here are some recommendations of what you can add, adapt the ones you think are most relevant for each project.

If you haven’t added the name in the title, now is the time to do so.  

But don’t just stop there, you can also include curiosities about the name, why you have named it, and what it means.

Once you have talked about the name of the project you can describe in one sentence what it was about, and leave the rest of the description to add value and differentiation.

How can you do this?

By explaining what you have learned from the project, what it has given you, and how it has helped you to improve as a professional. 

If in the title you have already made a brief introduction as in the example I have shown you, all the better, support that title and say why you have learned “digital marketing” with the project.

You don’t need to add all this, you can for example write what it is and how it has helped you or why it came about, and what it consists of. 

As I said before, choose what is most relevant for each project and add it. 

Leave the reader open-mouthed!

How to highlight my projects within my portfolio?

You can also get more ideas on how to improve the titles of your projects and their descriptions in this post on how to write irresistible titles for your website or in this one on how to write calls to action (what appears on the buttons of web pages, for example).

Even if it’s not exactly what you’re looking to write, you’re sure to get some inspiration.

This post is mainly focused on how to write the title and description of projects on CV, but you can also use these tips when you want to present your projects in front of someone, although you will have to go into more detail in the explanation, of course.

Now that you know all this, analyze your projects and see if they are really eye-catching.

If they already are, I don’t know how you have continued reading this far, and if not, run to rewrite those descriptions and differentiate yourself from the rest of the professionals.

Remember that with you can create your own online portfolio and add there your projects.

We have a specific block for this purpose, and on that block, you’ll get a little help with writing ;).

Do you already show your projects on your CV or portfolio?

Let me know!👇

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