Tips for Creating a Stellar ePortfolio

To start, let’s answer a few questions.

What’s an ePortfolio?

An ePortfolio is basically a professional, personalized landing page; you can think of it as a customizable LinkedIn.

Why should you have an ePortfolio?

An ePortfolio is like your LinkedIn on steroids. You can include whatever content you’d like, not limited to the fields LinkedIn provides, and add your own personality flares through design (which is great for reasons described later in this article).

What are the basic things to include in an ePortfolio?

By the time you’re asking this question, you should already have a resume and LinkedIn, which is convenient since there’s a lot of overlap in content on each.

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3 Do’s

1. DO keep it consistent.

Your resume, LinkedIn, ePortfolio, GitHub, business cards, and whatever other professional platforms you’re on should be aesthetically consistent. Using the same photos, style, colors, verbiage help comprise a cohesive look, which demonstrates to potential employers that you’re organized and can see the bigger picture.

2. DO keep it true to you.

I bet if we spent 10 minutes chatting, I’d discover 847 awesome things about you. Unfortunately, a potential employer is only going to spend 30 seconds (tops) glancing through your ePortfolio. You have to make those 847 awesome things apparent on first glance, and I’m not just talking about the skills you have that would make you a great candidate for the job.

  1. With Content: include a little bit of humor in your about section to show your light-hearted attitude, create a personalized photo strip of places you’ve travelled, highlight a few articles you’ve written on Medium… including these things shows the depth of your personality and helps humanize you to potential employers. Plus, that stuff is fun!

3. DO show, don’t tell.

Often we list things like “strong written and verbal communication,” “time management,” “organization,” and “collaboration” in our skills section, but when you have a personal website, you have the chance to show instead of tell about your skills. Here are a few examples of what I mean:

  • Show time management by listing a job that you had while also in school.
  • Show organization by having your website layout clean and even having your content across platforms consistent (like mentioned earlier).
  • Show collaboration skills by listing group projects or teams you’ve been on.

3 Dont’s

ePortfolios are one of those things that if they’re done right, it scores you major points with a potential employer. If it’s done wrong though… it could hurt you more than help.

1. DON’T make it for yourself.

Yes, it’s your personal website that should showcase your personality and your work. But at the end of the day, you’re creating it so that potential employers can see if you’re a good fit for the company and position.

2. DON’T use filler.

After you reduce noise, you might feel like there’s not as much to work with and have a tendency to add in filler content. But remember… less is more.

3. DON’T just list, tell a story.

This is more about your experiences section; using bullets is fine, but they shouldn’t be random points with no correlation. Whatever you add under an experience should tell a story about it, or give a bigger picture idea of what you did in that role. This isn’t exclusive to what you contributed; it can include any way you added value or even what you learned.

Thank you to Anna Sirmeyer for being a great mentor and including me in the webinar in which I first shared these tips.

Let me know if you found these pointers useful! Happy ePortfolio building :)

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