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Online Portfolio

An ePortfolio is a marketing piece that provides employers with a glimpse into who you are both personally and professionally. Many organizations will ask for additional supporting documents which may include an online portfolio. While these are not required for all job and internship applications, it is good to think about this in advance. An online portfolio is necessary for students seeking creative focused opportunities (primarily in media, entertainment, advertising, technology, etc.). Employers want to see a showcase of your work that is relevant to the opportunity they are seeking to fill. Ultimately, if you want someone to hire you for your writing, be sure you have a place where the employer can get a feel for both your skills and style.

Here are some primary considerations:

  1. Determine the goal for your ePortfolio before you begin
  2. Include educational, professional, and even personal goals (see "structure," below)
  3. Emphasize a broad but honed group of skills
  4. Demonstrate effective communication – visually and through your writing
  5. Keep it up to date

Structure and Layout can vary, but typically ePortfolio’s include some or all of the below:

1. A Welcome or Landing Page: Who are you & what should visitors expect to find in your eportfolio?

2. A Career/Post-Graduate Objective: What is your goal? Be specific and concise.

3. Résumé: A formal résumé is essential. Provide a summary of your education, achievements, and experience (work, or other). Include specific skills, certifications, etc.

  • Work Samples: Here is where the ePortfolio format excels. Cull your best papers, projects, photos, videos, reflections, and research. Balance the text with attractive visuals.
  • Other Experiences: Have you studied abroad, participated in volunteer organizations, committed to extra-curricular work? Include those experiences in your ePortfolio to emphasize your skills.
  • Awards and honors: It’s good to list them—or even scan in the award itself.
  • Education: Include your Degrees, certifications, licenses, and even specific applicable courses.

References: Your college professors, employers, and even work study supervisors can be good choices.

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This page was last updated on 18 February 2019