For students pursuing a career in the creative industries, an
e-portfolio (often called a webportfolio, online portfolio or a personal
website) is now expected by many employers who use it to see if you do actually
have the skills that you claim to have on your resume. Your e-portfolio can support multi-media
formats to showcase your talents in filmmaking, animation, game design, photography,
writing, costume design, and illustration.
For students in other industries, an e-portfolio can be a useful (but not essential) addition to your job search
toolkit. Many students pursuing
non-creative roles may find that creating an up-to-date and complete LinkedIn
profile is a better use of their time.
There are many free and low cost options for creating an e-portfolio
Note: The sites listed above are for illustrative purposes only.
Capilano University does not endorse any software application or website.
We encourage students to research other tools online if desired.
As e-portfolios are mostly used for the creative industries, there are
no strict rules or standards! Gather as
many relevant artifacts as possible to make your e-portfolio interesting. Avoid out-of-date materials as no one really
cares about what you did in Grade 7!
Remember that you can include work you have created for class projects;
it doesn’t only have to be work you were paid for.
As with any job search documents, you want to make sure that your
e-portfolio is easy for the reader to navigate.
Organize your artifacts as you would do if they were in hard copy (i.e.
all blog postings together, all newspaper articles together) and clearly label
what your role was in each project.
There shouldn’t be any spelling or grammatical errors and you should review
your e-portfolio regularly to ensure that all links are working.
The link to your e-portfolio should be included on your resume, business
card, LinkedIn profile and email signature block. You could even consider creating a QR code
for easy access to your site.
Students and alumni
are always welcome to drop by Student Employment Services in BIRCH 270, or
email firstname.lastname@example.org for
an appointment, for an e-portfolio review.
SES Resume Guide 2015 (pdf)
SES Cover Letter Guide 2015 (pdf)
SES Interview Guide 2015 (pdf)
SES Networking Guide 2015 (pdf)
Action Verb List (pdf)
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