How to Create a Digital Portfolio

Jen Buchanan (Banned)
By Jen Buchanan 1035 days ago

 

HOW TO CREATE A DIGITAL PORTFOLIO

When creating your digital portfolio, it is important to keep it focusedvisually engaging, and easy to navigate. This way you can impress employers quickly and with impact. Learn more tips for creating an impressive digital portfolio

You can also check out the portfolio's of this year's graduating class HERE

Your first step is to join the Digital Portfolios Spot group. Click here and join the group. If you need an in-depth explanation of digital portfolios at TGS, feel free to read through the workshops in this group. There are so many different directions you can take with your Digital Portfolio... it is up to you to use the resources here to get to a good point of understanding.

 

CONSIDER YOUR AUDIENCE

Determine what kind of digital portfolio you would like to create based upon who will be reading it. Ultimately, your portfolio should answer the question, "Why should I hire you?" for employers. Think about what skills, career aspirations, and goals align with your preferred industry and structure your portfolio accordingly.

Read more about what employers are looking for in a digital portfolio.  

 

CHOOSE THE RIGHT PLATFORM FOR YOU

If you understand what a Digital Portfolio is, begin by opening any blog or website-building platform. Please keep in mind that I know Wix the best. If you choose a platform I don't have a lot of experience with, you might not find someone around you that can help you with any troubleshooting.

Try Wordpress.com (NOT Wordpress.org) If you want options to choose from, also view WeeblyWix, and SquareSpace. Keep in mind SquareSpace costs money. The rest are free.

Your next step will be giving and receiving feedback on portfolios with your peers. Visit the forum for these discussions.

    There are many free resources for creating your digital portfolio. However, be sure to select a platform for hosting your Digital Portfolio that best suits your needs. Research some of the following to help you choose.You might also want to consider

    Suggested: Purchase a custom domain name

    You want to make it really easy for potential employers to find you and remember your site. The best way to do this is to purchase a domain with your name in it. It's more powerful to have "yourname.com" as the URL instead of your name after a slash or period.

    Purchasing a custom domain can only cost you less than $10 per year if you use a site like GoDaddy.comor DomainsMadeSimple.com.

     

    CREATE YOUR CONTENT

    Your digital portfolio will usually consist of the following pages/sections, however, their organization may depend on the building resource format you choose.

    Homepage

    • Make it clean and simple

    • Include name, school, and major

    • Think of this as your pitch to employers- a short paragraph on how your passions, skills, major, and/or experience make you a valuable asset to employers

    • It may be helpful to mention (depending on your portfolio's design) how to navigate the page

      • For example, "You can find my resume and recent work at the bottom of the page."

    About Me

    • A more personal and detailed version of your homepage section and can include:

      • Photo of you - avoid awkward profile pics

      • Where you're from

      • School

      • Major/Minor

      • Relevant work/internship experience and briefly what you did

      • Relevant involvements on/off campus

      • Contact info

      • Any other information you feel it is important for employers to know about you

    Selected Works

    • Include your best and most relevant work

    • Average is 10-20 works

    • Organize NOT chronologically, but by theme

    • Always put your best examples FIRST

    • Add subheadings in addition to the title of the work

    • May include:

      • projects

      • written articles/papers

      • videos

      • websites

      • presentations

    Resumes/CV

    • Include a PDF version of your resume

    • Adjust your resume to fit the particular portfolio theme your are developing

    • If you choose to use a CV, make sure it is formatted correctly

    Other

     

    • Quotes or testimonials from professors or other recommendation figures

    • Articles or other write-ups you are featured in

    • List of skills/programs/languages

    This is an introduction to the way we will operate for the Online Unit in newMedia Lab. During your time as a diligent student from home, you will be developing your digital portfolio :)

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    POST YOUR URL IN THE SPOT GROUP

    imageOnce you have a web address, you need to make it a bookmark in the Digital Portfolio Spot group. NOT the newMedia Lab group. NOT on your own profile. The Digital Portfolio Spot group :)

    When you make this portfolio URL a bookmark in this group, be ABSOLUTELY sure you tag it with portfoliolink (all one word).

     

     

     

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