Words, words, words (and visuals)
How you present yourself is important.
And how you present yourself in the world is also important.
How do you want the world to see you?
Your e-portfolio requirements
“EPortfolios or personal websites provide students the opportunities to showcase their best work and demonstrate in meaningful ways what skills and knowledge they can bring to potential organizations. The electronic identity adds another dimension to the resume and cover letter because it contains tangible examples that potential employers can see.
Use your portfolio like a hub of your information. LinkedIn, for example, on its own is not a portfolio; however, LinkedIn is very important in your job search. Every student should have a LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn allows you to upload slideshows and video, but it does not have the flexibility of an e-Portfolio website. Don’t think of it as an either/or situation; every student should have a LinkedIn profile and include the address in your e-Portfolio website, as well as on your resume and business card.
What do I put in my portfolio?
Summarize who you are and a bit about what visitors will find in your eportfolio. Give your audience a flavor for what you’re all about and let them know what you value.
Write a statement summarizing your objective. To be meaningful, your objective should be specific and clear.
Summarize your education, achievements, and work experience. Include detailed information on your skills.
This information is as diverse as your background. Upload articles, papers, projects, reports, and publications so your audience can see your work. Consider including graphics, audio and video for further illustration.
Study Abroad/ International Experience
Explanation of what you learned that will benefit the employer; specifics about projects and photos.
Awards and honors
Scan certificates of awards and honors.
List conferences, seminars, workshops and any other professional development. Add courses, degrees, certifications, and licenses.
Volunteer and extracurricular activities
List your activities or illustrate through photos.
List three to five people who have agreed to talk about your strengths, abilities and experience. Be sure to include full contact information.
Letters of recommendation and testimonials
Include feedback you’ve received from employers, customers, professors, and colleagues.
- Use images or video
- Connect it to social media
- Choose a theme that fits your needs not too fancy
- Keep it up to date