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The Online Portfolio

Posted in START Working by Sondra on August 5, 2009
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When I first heard of creating an online portfolio, it was through various career websites. Meaning, I was already applying for a job when I was asked for a url for my work. None of the sites had this as a requirement, which I originally thought was good because how the hell was I going to create an online portfolio?

But it’s really easy. You can do it on any blog.

For starter’s, I would make the name of your blog professional. Like your initials followed by the word “Portfolio”. This is one of those no-brainer things, but you always hear of people rejecting someone’s resume because their email address is “IWantToMarryEdwardCullen@gmail.com”. And if you already have a blog, I wouldn’t create a post of your work within it — have a separate one dedicated to what you’ve done. The simpler, the better.

What if you haven’t really done anything? Still create one. No matter what job you end up doing, you want to make sure you keep a record of your work. If you have an online portfolio, this can help you remember to save stuff — send everything from your work computer to your personal email address. Created a brochure for an event? A sales letter or a press release? That can go on there, and if down the line, you find you love communications, you have something to show potential employers.

Research and look into other online portfolios to help you get an idea of what yours should look like. Here is one blog offering advice, which has more of a focus on design work, but a lot of the tips do apply to other arenas. This one has better advice more suited to writers and editors. Here’s an example of someone’s online resume, which combines skills and clips all in one place, and here is her original blog post about the subject. Personally, I think this one looks pretty clean, and is nicely categorized. I have also read that your portfolio should tell potential clients why they should hire you, but it’s important to note what the purpose of your portfolio is. If it’s supposed to be a site that stands alone, and needs to convince ‘passer-byers’ that you’re the (wo)man for the job, then I would definitely use the tone and tactic that’s utilized in the last blog. But if you’re using it as a supplement to a resume and cover letter for full-time employment, you might just want to try the list version.

How to Submit Clips

Posted in START Working by Sondra on June 18, 2009
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I’ll be updating this post periodically, but I’ve been wondering recently how to submit writing/editing samples and clips when applying for jobs. I found this blog entry that I think is pretty good. The more I learn, the more I’ll post!

Answer to How To Submit Your Clips