When a problem continues
to frustrate, someone must come up with a solution! What if
it is an elegant solution ? Read on.
Artists keep portfolios of their work
and employees create resumes - essential factors that sell
their credentials. Letters of appreciation, certificates of
achievements and the like add to the value of the job seeker.
In today's fast paced world of lesser
time, longer distances, swift turnarounds and increased competition,
a conventional resume hardly does justice to either the employee
or the employer. Disparate formats, lack of data availability
in suitable formats for intelligent searches and non-verifiable
claims of candidates add to the challenges of the growing
Introducing Employee Portfolio
epfu.org is a non-profit organization
focused on standards for employee portfolio. epfu standards
aim at collectively benefiting prospective employees, employers
and recruitment consultants.
epfu is a network of independent organizations
and HR professionals, currently from 9 countries and growing
at a rapid pace. epfu.org committee coordinates the network.
The standards facilitate uniformity
of format and searchability of data while also ensuring common
fields to meet the needs of diverse scope across the globe.
epfu fulfills the criteria of standards
by setting and defining detailed parameters and conditions
related to employee portfolio. The standards facilitates uniformity
in format and searchable data while also ensuring common fields
of data entry to meet the needs of diverse scope across the
Criteria, parameters and factors considered
in the EPF standards include, but are not limited to
- Structure, sequence and flow
of the employee portfolio
- Common suitability for all industries
- Common suitability for all countries
- Mandatory and non-mandatory
- Provision to add custom data
in a searchable manner
- Number of characters in each
- Data security parameters and
- Data verification facility
epfu capture the following details of
|| Mandatory Information
|| Optional Information
|| EPF Title, Objectives
|| Name, Gender, Marital status,
Nationality, Date of birth, Permanent & Present Address,
Contact numbers, E-mail ids, Native Language
|| Photo, Other known languages,
Total work experience, Expected salary, Driving license
(countries), Preferred location of work, International
work permits, General references, Outstanding Achievements,
Extracurricular activities, Hobbies, Medical history
| Academic Profile
|| Education level, Major field
of study, Name of course, Institution location (country,
city), Year of completion, Course duration, Mode of study
|| Name of institution, Name of
university / board, Percentage / Grade, Membership of
| Skills summary
|| Career / Industry focus, Expertise,
Proficiency level, Experience, Last used
| Work experience
|| Organization name, Location
(country, city), Career focus, Title /Position, Nature
of employment, From/To, Job Profile, Work highlights /
|| Employer / work reference
|| Project title, Industry focus
of the project, Career focus, Role/Position, Project technology
/ expertise, Location country & city, Nature of engagement,
Client & project description, Start date & End
|| Name of the client
epfu must comply with the following
- The EPF should be wholly owned
by one stakeholder and should not accessible to any other
stakeholder without the owner's permission, except under
the terms of the Data Protection Act (DPA). This defines
the term "ownership"
- The EPF may be shared with another
stakeholder having rights to access information with the
permission of the owner, but having no rights to make amendments.
This defines the term "information rights"
- Information contained in the
EPF may be held or compiled on behalf of a stakeholder by
a service provider with no direct interest in the information
itself. This defines the term "stewardship".
epfu invites qualifying organizations
and institutions to create portals enabling individuals to
create and edit epfu as per the above standards.
Qualifying organizations will receive
inputs to set up EPF creation portals.
EPF creation portals officially authorized
by epfu will bear its seal of approval. Currently, epfu certifies
EPF creation portals to three levels of conformity, level
3 being the highest.
The basis of the three levels of certification
is as follows:
Level 1: The EPF creation
portal captures all the mandatory and optional fields in accordance
to the epfu standards.
The portal owner should not have
a direct interest in the information contained in the epfu.
As such the portal owner must be willing to provide EPF
creation services without storing any data in line with
the "stewardship" clause of epfu.
Level 2: EPF creation portal
provides for data protection rights as stated in the epfu
The portal must enable "ownership"
of data in accordance to epfu standards such that no other
stakeholder may be able to access information contained
in the EPF without the consent of the EPF owner.
Level 3: EPF creation portal
enables third party certification of the candidate's EPF as
per the stipulated guidelines of epfu standards.
The portal must provide access to
third party certification agencies to view the information
contained in the EPF. It must allow them to include their
inputs related to validation of credentials specified in
However, the certification agencies
may not have the ability to amend or alter the data of the
"owner" thus complying with the "information
rights" of epfu standards.
to set up an EPF creation portal here.
epfu is constantly engaged in assessing
the challenges of the human resources industry and enabling
global solutions through technological innovations.
epfu welcomes organizations and individuals
committed to enhancing the standards of the employment industry
worldwide to participate and support its activities.
here to become an epfu member.