With the spring and summer months approaching, it’s time to shift those New Year’s Resolutions to something more career-focused. Why not spice up your summer job application with an e-portfolio? How to go about creating one you ask? Well, we've got the rundown to get you up to speed on establishing a strong online presence without the technical difficulties.
Before we dive into things, we recommend thinking of a layout of how you’d like your personal portfolio to look. Feel free to draw inspirations from websites which you find aesthetically pleasing. Now it’s time to gather the resources you want to showcase for the world to see. Consider including the following:
o A section to tell the visitor about yourself and what you have to offer
o This is good to include as a PDF or an interactive section
o A great way to show your interests and career-related activities to show your passion towards your field of interest
o Experience Plus Transcript, performance evaluation, completed self-assessments
o Volunteering (athletic/social), sports teams (played/coached), school competitions
We recommend checking out our checklist here for more ideas. We encourage including pictures, pamphlets, and awards to add merit to your work. The next step is to choose an online platform which is easy to use and full of functionality. Here are a few worth checking out:
www.wordpress.com (if you're feeling brave)
Some online websites that assist with portfolio creation might have upgrade options if you’re looking to maximize your exposure. We recommend having a section for your resume for prospective employers looking for a quick snapshot of your skills.
Once you get your sweet, new website running, be sure to make note of it on your cover letter to draw employers' attention to your work. Remember to stop by our Career Resource Centre and take advantage of our amazing resources if you’re having any trouble.
Wajeeh Alvi, Career Assistant
3rd Year Computer Science, Brock University