The following site provides detailed suggestions on building an e-portfolio.
The basics on getting started are covered in the digital identity document.
- Title the e-portfolio with your name and include basic descriptive and contact information (e.g., major, email address).
- Include sample assignments. This is the “portfolio” concept. If you are very proud of work you did in a class or some other forum – then make it available (e.g., class project).
- Include a description of relevant work experience. The description can cover:
- What are the most important skills (e.g., communication, negotiation, analysis) did you learn in the job? Is there a skill that you didn’t have before but now realize that you absolutely need?
- Who were the most important people in your job? Who was most helpful and from whom did you learn the most?
- Include a hyperlink to the firm’s “about” page – so that prospective employers can easily learn more about the firm.
- Highlight participation in professional organizations. If you participated in an activity for a non-profit organization – then describe the activity, and include a hyperlink to that activity with a picture.
- Add pictures about professional activities. This will make your site richer and more attractive.
- Check formatting. The e-portfolio is your public digital identity. Every typo, spelling mistake, or instance of poor formatting will negatively impact your professional image.
- Avoid inappropriate photos. Create a professional headshot, in proper business attire.
- Don’t post personal information such as home phone, home address, and anything else that would not make sense to post on a public forum. Remember, e-portfolios are your public digital identity.
- Fix broken links. Make sure all hyperlinks work, especially links to the resume.
- Don’t post word documents. Word documents can include viruses and often don’t work across platforms. Use PDF instead.
- Inappropriate content. This is not Facebook. YouTube videos of the greatest song ever…the gang skateboarding last weekend, the latest kegger, and things of that nature do not belong on the e-portfolio.
- Do not password protect or close the site. This defeats the purpose of a public digital identity.