What Goes in My Online Portfolio?

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In creative fields, an online portfolio is almost a must, displaying examples of the kind of work that a person can do for clients. But even in fields like law and business, having an online display of your experience and previous projects can help you stand out to recruiters. What to put in your portfolio depends on your goals and your industry, but consider including the following when you put one together.

– Presentation notes. If you’ve given presentations in the past, you can share your notes or slides online via SlideShare or another service provider. Presentations can also offer insight into the way you think, which a recruiter may find valuable.

– Project documents. Some recruiters find having a record of the evolution of a project very helpful when looking for a new employee. If you can show the initial plan for a project, followed by intermediate stages and finally the end product, a recruiter will be able to see how you work more clearly than they will if you display the final form of the project alone.

– An “about me” section. Your online portfolio should be structured as a Web site, and you want it to be easy to browse. In addition to the section of the site that displays your work, make sure you have an easy-to-read, thorough description of who you are and what you do. Be sure to include your work history, any awards you’ve received, and your education.

– Contact information. Make sure your contact information is easy to find. It may make the most sense to include it in a header that appears on every page of your online portfolio, so that it will always be to hand when a recruiter wants it.

No matter what you decide to put in your online portfolio, keep two things in mind. First, remember to curate your work examples so that your portfolio doesn’t become overwhelming. Second, always make sure you’re allowed to post any slides or documents you’ve created for others. There’s a chance they may include confidential information.

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