Creating My E-Portfolio: Maintaining a Professional Image Online

As a part of my internship unit at the University of Canberra, this E-Portfolio is considered a necessary component to prepare for the workforce. I decided to do some research on what makes a good E-Portfolio so I was aware of what to include, and what could potentially jeopardise me from being employed. With so many social media platforms I am very cautious of my online footprint. I think it is important to strive for a professional online identity so that it reflects both myself and future employers in a positive light.

 

vintage-social-networking-685x548Here are some tips I researched that I thought were useful from a blog on Emerging Ed Tech. I will aim to incorporate these ideas into the creation of my E-Portfolio:

  • Think hard about the organization, appearance and general layout of your ePortfolio. Create separate sections for topics such as education, experience, references and contact information.
  • Be sure all relevant documents are uploaded to their corresponding sections of the ePortfolio. You want to make the process as easy as possible for the person viewing them—of course, easy doesn’t have to mean boring.
  • Avoid bright colors and stick to the more traditional business formatting and fonts (may not be valid for those interested in design schools, etc. Use your judgment).
  • Try using WordPress. Take advantage of the themes this platform offers by connecting one with your personality and professional aspirations. For example, don’t use a free-flowing artsy theme if you’re going into corporate business law, and vice-versa.
  • Use meaningful pictures to bring some life to your ePortfolio. While the majority of people will have content-based ePortfolios (excluding professions like photographers, artists, etc.), it’s important to remember that a picture is worth a thousand words. Be sure they are well-cropped, in good taste and are connected to the most important points you’re trying to get across.
  • Write good content and keep it up-to-date. Spell check and grammar check and have a friend do the same.
  • Connect your ePortfolio with social media sites so people can find you more easily. Of course, you’ll want to make sure everything on your profiles are work-appropriate.

Source: Hartman, E., 2013, Emerging Ed Tech, ‘Are ePortfolios Still Relevant for Today’s Students?’, viewed 07 June 2013.

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