ePortfolio Employer Tips
The UMSI Career Development Office recently hosted a Portfolio Review Panel where several students shared their online portfolios and received employer feedback. Here's what the employers had to say!
As the panelists from ForeSee, TechSmith and Seelio shared their thoughts, the main message I heard was that exhibiting your passion and motivation throughout your portfolio is key to setting yourself apart.
For those of you that were unable to attend, you can be sure I took fast and furious notes to share with you all!
-If you use a pre-built platform (e.g., Seelio or Behabce) you won’t be judged on the portfolio design. If you custom build it, the design will be judged. If you use a publishing platform tool such as Wordpress, choose a tasteful template that won't take away from your content.
-When working on the design and layout keep in mind your ePortfolio may be projected onto a large screen, viewed on a mobile device, or printed out.
-Portfolios should still be optimized for Internet Explorer usage.
-Apply what you’ve learned in courses regarding usability best practices.
-Make navigation easy and simple to understand.
-Give your reader direction or tips for where to look and where to go. You can use a hub and spokes layout or include arrows or hints where to go next.
-Use bullet points over paragraphs of text.
-Using image thumbnails is great, but be sure to link to the full-size image.
-Be sure to prioritize the projects highlighted on your portfolio.
-Your experience should be front and center – employers want to be intrigued by WHAT you’ve done, before learning more about you as a person and how you’d fit into their team.
-If you’ve done personal projects put them up front! These show your initiative and will help set you apart.
-Use teaser text to give projects context before clicking through to the full explanation.
-Be honest about what your role on each project was – they’ll be able to tell if you’re lying.
-It’s important to show you can play multiple roles within teams.
-Lower the barriers for getting in touch with you. No recruiter is going to fill out a “contact me” form – make it easy for them to find your phone number and email address.
Upcoming ePortfolio Sessions
-SOIAR and SOCHI are holding a Wordpress Workshop Wednesday, October 24, at noon-1 p.m. in 1255 North Quad. More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/482108235155048/.
-Join the CDO for “Developing Your ePortfolio,” on Tuesday, Oct. 30 noon-1:30 p.m. in 2185 North Quad. For more information and to RSVP, login to iTrack at http://www.si.umich.edu/careers/itrack.
-If you’d like to receive feedback on your ePortfolio, make an appointment to meet with the CDO staff at http://www.si.umich.edu/careers/career-development-office.