Five Important Things for an Electronic Portfolio

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The right electronic portfolio can be the difference in landing a good job.

Presence on the web has become an invaluable means to securing the right job or contract. Many companies are incorporating social network scanning as well as search engine research within their pre-employment screening services and negotiation research. As such, maintaining an attractive, professional and demonstrative electronic, or digital, profile on the web is an increasingly important factor in the hunt for employment.

  1. Professional Personality

    • The biggest advantage of a full-fledged electronic portfolio over the traditional resume is that it allows for a personal dimension. As electronic portfolios are websites, incorporating different color schemes, images, and layouts can demonstrate something of the person behind the work. Since companies which are good to work for understand that the people they hire are not robots who will simply fulfill tasks, demonstrating some personality through the presentation of one's portfolio is an invaluable tool.


    • Electronic portfolios are highly customizable, and as such, should be tailored as to demonstrate the highest possible level of expertise in each particular field. There is no need to show elementary projects completed at the entry-level when one has succeeded in completing bigger, more complex projects down the road. If a project completed did not make money, win an award or receive some sort of critical acclaim from other experts in the field, it should probably not be on a portfolio.


    • The seemingly infinite file storage space on the Internet and the perennially increasing speed of connections make it a temptation for individuals to put overwhelming amounts of information and work on their electronic portfolios. This is, however, probably the biggest mistake that someone can make. Electronic portfolios are highly customizable, and a person with multiple fields of experience can have multiple such portfolios, specializing each so that the most relevant work is featured. A sales position might be impressed by experience in bio-chemistry, but will not need to see a Master's level bio-chemistry thesis.


    • Demonstrating a diversity of skills within a field of expertise is invaluable for anyone making an electronic portfolio. A web designer, for instance, should demonstrate an ability to create secure services such as shopping carts alongside an ability to produce attractive user interfaces. This does not mean that irrelevant work, such as websites for personal thoughts, should be incorporated into the professional portfolio, unless some aspect of the personal website demonstrates a highly valuable skill.


    • Having a great electronic portfolio is useless without it being both easy to find and easy to navigate. Registering a domain name is a great way to produce a memorable and easily found portfolio. Subdividing the portfolio into sections will help visitors find what they are looking for more easily, so long as things are not overly specified into distinct sections. Finding someone else to test-navigate the portfolio is a good way to gauge how effective it is at providing them with relevant information quickly.

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