Tips and Additional Resources
Whatever platform you choose, follow these tips to create a professional, targeted, and customized career resource that showcases your unique value to an employer.
1. Be concise – provide pithy information about yourself, your work, and your professional achievements. Only include sections that represent you and market your skills and abilities best (no space fillers!).
2. Be organized – your e-portfolio should be easy to navigate and browse. Make the most important information available in the fewest possible clicks. The links, graphics, sound, flash player, video components, etc. should all work properly. Test them before sending your e-portfolio URL to potential employers.
3. Tailor it – customize the content to align with the type of work you’re planning to pursue. It’s not feasible to tweak your e-portfolio to mirror the specific job requirements of every opening you might apply for; instead, consider the types of jobs you’ll be pursuing and then showcase strengths that apply across all of them. Don’t include everything you have done, but rather ensure that your career e-portfolio reflects the most positive aspects of what you have done that would interest potential employers you’d like to target.
4. Be professional – your e-portfolio is a professional extension of your resume and cover letter. Ensure that it is free of any grammatical or spelling errors. Keep it simple, clean, and easy to navigate. The background, fonts, color, and size and style of the text should be clear and easy to read.
5. Market it – include the web address of your e-portfolio on your resume, cover letter, in the signature of any email that you send related to your job search, on your LinkedIn profile, on your networking card, and anywhere else that may boost your professional visibility