Building a Portfolio


Pearl Emmons (R) leads a workshop on creating a Portfolio using Weebly (2/22/16).

“So the next time you can afford a few minutes to see what your friends are up to, skip checking your Facebook account. Stalk your virtual self instead. See if the things you find are what you want prospective employers to know about you and judge you by. Because they will be looking, whether or not you are satisfied with what your search reveals,” wrote David Brooks, a doctoral student in history at the University of Montana, in an essay – “Should Graduate Students Create E-Porfolios?” – which appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education in November, 2011.

A 2009 Career Builder survey found out that 45% of employers surveyed actively use social media to gather information about candidates. Surely, this number has only grown over the past few years.

As such, we encourage you to shape your online presence so that it benefits your professional goals. LinkedIn can be a useful tool, certainly, as can other social media tools. In particular, we strongly recommend building a Portfolio, a robust professional website that often includes a personal statement, a resume, and samples of work and reflection.

Make note of upcoming portfolio workshops listed here. Because video is often a feature of portfolios, you need to be careful about getting the appropriate permissions to add such content. For more information on using video, go here.