Are you a graphic artist, journalist or historian? This article gives five tips for creating a compelling ePortfolio. For example, keep your information up to date: your projects may have earned high marks several years ago, but your target employers want to see that you are staying current in your field.

5 Tips for Making Your ePortfolio Get Noticed by Employers

Making your ePortfolio can seem like a stressful process, but these five tips will help you put together an ePortfolio that colleagues will respect and you will be proud to point employers to! Let's begin …

1. Start with a Theme That Fits Your Needs

A free WordPress.com account is a simple way to get your ePortfolio moving. Sure, there are plenty of other website building tools out there, but WordPress is one that looks good from the start. Choosing one that fits your needs takes a little browsing though!

Are you a graphic artist? A journalist? A historian? Choose a free WordPress theme that allows you to display work that you are proud of.

For example, take this theme that is meant as a gallery:

Tapestry theme

It sure is pretty, but it is also meant as a graphic journal or log; not ideal showing your non-graphic work.

How about this one?

Enterprise theme

Menus already built in, room for text but also looks balanced with some pictures. Depending on the type of work you want to put on show, pick a theme that will allow you to structure your work in a way that is easy to navigate.

2. Use Images

Listening to the Internet

"I'm Listening" by Gaal (CC Licensed)

Now that you have chosen a theme (or at least have an idea of which one you would choose) you should begin thinking about the content to include. Regardless of how much text you are going to include, remember that people love (good) images.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so grab a few images of your own or browse Flickr for some free Creative Commons-licensed images that relate to your work. Good images show thoughtfulness and will bring viewers (employers?) to your ePortfolio.

Which photos should I use? That is really up to you, but make sure that they are cropped well and are meaningful. Employers look at lots of professional websites and will notice if you have just thrown up images without any connection to your content.

3. Fill it with Good Content

This goes without saying, but only make your best work available. Have an iMovie project from your first semester in your undergraduate education? Remember how sloppy that thing was? Clean it up and put it in your ePortfolio or move on.

This may seem harsh, but just like the images above, you only want the best work on your ePortfolio. Things you will want to include:

  • Research papers (two to three max unless they were published in an academic journal)
  • Presentations (1 or 2 PowerPoints, Voicethreads, or Prezis)
  • Descriptions of your internships and past work (keep them short and sweet)
  • A short Bio about yourself (employers want to see that you have personality, too!)

4. Keep it Up to Date

This is absolutely the most common aspect of an ePortfolio that is overlooked. 

Oh yeah, I used to have an ePortfolio/Website/Blog … lemme see if I can remember the URL.

If your ePortfolio or website has been collecting dust for the last six months, spend time cleaning and updating it before sending it to anyone. If someone were looking to hire you, would they want to see a project that you abandoned? There are exceptions to this, as you can create a relatively-static ePortfolio that will not change much over a few months.

But also remember that employers like to see that you are up to date and staying current in your field. It is much more interesting to read how projects progress and how people reflect on their work. Again, short and sweet is better, but keep it updated.

5. Connect via Social Media

But I do not want to use (insert social media tool here) ...

Well, you may be cutting out a chunk of prospective employers. In today's world, making your work (ePortfolios included) easy to find and browse can only help you! I hear the argument often that "in my field, people do not care about websites and stuff". Yeah right!

Professional use of social media (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, etc) is growing, and you can bet that even if employers do not officially use these tools, employees still do. What is the harm in getting your name out there?

Social media is a large topic, but here is the simplest thing you can do to get started: Update your Online Profile

Make all of your social media profiles point to the same places … your ePortfolio!


Twitter profile Billy

@billymeinke Twitter Profile


Google+ Profile Billy

Google+ Profile

LinkedIn Profile:

LinkedIn Profile Billy

LinkedIn Profile Billy

**Even if you are not ready to commit to daily tweets and posts, connecting your accounts to the same ePortfolio is a good idea. Keep it consistent and make it easy for employers to find you on whichever social media or networking tool they use!

So to Wrap This All Up

  1. Pick a theme that works for you.
  2. Use (good) images.
  3. Fill it with your best content.
  4. Keep it up to date.
  5. Connect via Social Media platforms.

Source: Billy Meinke, https://billymeinke.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/5-tips-for-making-your-eportfolio-get-noticed-by-employers/
Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

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