In this time of LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, a plain old resume seems rather boring. Instead, think about creating an e- Portfolio -- a web site that showcases your work, whether you are a recent graduate and that work is what you have done in college, or evidence of what you have done in your professional positions. However, most people will also need to include resumes with the ePortfolio, unless the content is really redundant, to provide a summary of their prior job experience, employment dates and summary of accomplishments.
Your portfolio will bring your resume’s summary of accomplishments to life. It’s a way of showing off skills, creative and critical thinking, awards and academic accomplishments.
Portfolios will vary according to the field you are in. It’s fairly obvious what to include if you are in a creative field such as web design, fine arts or graphic design—you provide samples of your projects. It’s a little more difficult to do this for a career in accounting or management, for example. Get creative and think about how you might depict an accomplishment visually. For example, if you helped reduce the time for a particular process by 10%, you might show that reduction as a graph—before and after.
Obviously the objective of a portfolio is to make employers take notice. There are so many applicants for most job offerings that you need something that will catch the employer’s eye and lead to an interview.
Go to http://careercenter.depaul.edu/resumes/portfolios.aspx for help on planning your e-Portfolio, tips on putting it together, suggestions for tools you might use, and resources and samples.
Check out the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjdWjNU0nZ0 on “How to Build an Online Portfolio."