Building an ePortfolio

What is an ePortfolio?
An ePortfolio is essentially a story of who you are. It showcases the work you have produced, the skills you have developed, and the knowledge you have gained. A portfolio reveals the person that you have become through a presentation of your education and experiences.

Why create an ePortfolio?
Having an ePortfolio gives you an online identity. People can find you and your work through social media, LinkedIn, or a simple Google search.

An ePortfolio is a tangible reference to demonstrate your skill set; it will give you interviewing confidence. Imagine entering a job interview with a tablet or laptop in hand. When your interviewer asks about your experience in a particular field, you can flip open your device and show them specific examples of problems you have helped solve or products you have helped create. You will be able to clearly demonstrate your competence and leave a significant impression on the interviewer. The interviewer will also have the ability to refer back to your site after the interview if they want to be reminded of your reports, art, or writing samples that you showed.

But even if you don’t use your portfolio in the interview, spending time creating a portfolio will prepare you to answer interview questions about your skills, experience, and certifications. It will be a centralized place for you to locate your information and review your achievements and strengths before an interview.

What does an ePortfolio include?
An ePortfolio showcases what you do. It can act as an in-depth résumé with thorough descriptions of your accomplishments and work experience, letters of recommendation, and a cover letter. Depending on your career and interests, you may also include concept sketches, brainstorming, writing samples, news articles about you or a project you have worked on, newsletters, music recordings, videos, research papers, art, client testimonials, or advertisements. A chef may include recipes, restaurant reviews, and training certificates. A doctor may include a paper they has written about health practices and even patient reviews. A manager may include project sketches, financial analyses, performance reviews, and reports.

As you gather materials for your ePortfolio, reflect on the abilities and the skills that you have developed. You can use this reflection to improve résumé and connect it with specific physical examples of the difference you have made and the work you have produced. An ePortfolio connects your work to your résumé. An ePortfolio makes your résumé come to life; it lets employers see how your skills and education can be applied to real life.

How is an ePortfolio created?
An ePortfolio may show your work directly on your website, such as in a slideshow of pictures or a movie. However, you can also embed PDF documents into your website if you want to give examples of your previous work. You may also embed hyperlinks to connect your site to previous employers or to connect employers to where your previous work projects are stored.

Examples of Art ePortfolios:

Examples of Writing and Videography ePortfolios:

Examples of Business ePortfolios: