In this section, we’ll discuss:
- What is an ePortfolio?
- Why create an ePortfolio?
- What does an ePortfolio include?
- How is an ePortfolio created?
- ePortfolio Examples
What is an ePortfolio?
An ePortfolio is essentially a story of who you are. It showcases the work you’ve produced, the skills you’ve developed, and the knowledge you’ve gained. A portfolio reveals the person you’ve become through the experiences you’ve had and the education you’ve received.
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. You can also add your domain URL to your resume.
An ePortfolio is a tangible reference to demonstrate your skillset; 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 through your website and demonstrate specific examples of problems you’ve helped solve, or products you’ve helped create. You’ll be able to clearly demonstrate your competence and leave a significant impression on the interviewer. The interviewer will also have the ability to refer to back to your site after the interview; he or she can go over your site and be reminded of the reports, or art, or writing samples you presented.
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 resume 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 or brainstorming, writing samples, news articles about you or a project you 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 he or she wrote 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 you’ve developed. You can use this insight to flesh out your resume 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 resume. An ePortfolio makes you resume 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 directly on your website, such as in a slideshow of pictures or a movie. You can also embed PDF documents into your website if you want to give examples of your previous work. Additionally, you can embed hyperlinks, connecting your site to previous employers or to connect employers to where your previous work projects are stored.
ePortfolios in the Arts
ePortfolios Focused on Writing and Videography