How to Do an Electronic Career Portfolio

If you are in the market for a new job, or preparing for a career change, consider creating an electronic career portfolio to show potential employers. As a job seeker, you can take advantage of technology by creating an electronic career portfolio to showcase everything from your resume and personal statement, to completed projects, writing samples and awards. Electronic career portfolios give job seekers an opportunity to display their knowledge, skills and abilities online, which makes them more visible to a larger market of potential employers. And, you don't have to be a graphic designer or Web guru to create your online career portfolio.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet
  • Scanner
  • Previous work
  • Domain name
  • Resume
  • Hosting account
  • Web designer (optional)

Instructions

    • 1

      Decide if you want to create one online career portfolio to use with multiple potential employers, or if you want to create several portfolios that target different industries or job functions that interest you. For example, if you are a writer and a designer, it may benefit you to create two portfolios to showcase each skill separately, so that you can direct employers to the portfolio that best fits the position you are applying for.

    • 2

      Determine the format you want to use for your electronic career portfolio. Some job seekers use blogs to showcase their resume, previous work and their ideas through regularly updated blog posts related to their industry and interests. You can register with sites like Blogger or Wordpress for a blog format.  If you don't want to use a blog format, you can create a website in a portfolio format or use an online site like Beyond.com, Viewbook.com or BigBlackBag.com to host and create your portfolio. Or, register for a domain and Web hosting through sites like GoDaddy.com, Yahoo! Small Business or SuperGreenHosting.com. These sites offer their customers site builders and templates that can be used to create a Web site. Don't think you have to enlist the services of a designer.

    • 3

      Gather your resume, cover letter, certificates, awards and any writing or project samples you want to include in your online career portfolio.

    • 4

      Begin to create an outline for your site that details the type of information and samples you want to display. Include an “About Me” page that gives potential employers an overview of your experience, knowledge, skills and abilities. Think of this page as a cover letter. Include keywords related to your industry and the types of positions you seek. Include an “Experience” section that functions like a resume, detailing your work history. Include a section called, “My Work” or “Samples,” where you can include writing samples, projects or designs. Include a “Contact Me” section with your phone number, email address and the links to any of your social networking pages you want to share with potential employers. Keep in mind that your portfolio should answer all the questions potential employers may have about your experience and skills.

    • 5

      Make your site using the outline you created. You may have to scan in your work samples, if you don't have them saved to your computer. Upload your resume and work samples to your online portfolio.

Tips & Warnings

  • Whether you opt for a blog, website or online portfolio, register for a Web domain name you can use for your site. Use your first or last name in the domain name for a professional appeal and because it will make it easier to remember.
  • Put your electronic career portfolio Web address on any resumes you mail, e-mail or fax, as well as on your personal contact or calling cards.
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References

  • Your Career: How to Make it Happen; Julie Griffin Levitt and Lauri Harwood; 2008
  • The Career Portfolio Workbook: Using the newest tool in your job-hunting; Frank Satterthwaite and Gary D'Orsi; 2002
  • Career Mag: Online Career Portfolio

Resources

  • Photo Credit Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images

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