How to Create A Digital Portfolio
Digital portfolios often take the form of a personal website and are an effective way to display your previous work and projects to potential employers, and in some cases, potential buyers. While the task of creating a personal website may be daunting, it is an important step in making your previous experience visible. Check out our resources pages to find website building sites, industry specific portfolio resources, and more!
Know your Audience
When designing and building a digital portfolio, it is crucial to consider the people you hope to view your website. This will drive not only portfolio content, but also organization, format, and the appropriate building resource.
Click here to read more about what employers are looking for in a digital portfolio
Choose a Building Resource
It is important to consider the building resource that you are using when designing your website, as it is possible to find building resources geared for a specific industry or occupation. Explore the different website builders in the categories below.
Creating Your Content
Writing your Bio:
- Include all basic information on both the welcome page, as well as the about me page. This includes things like your name, hometown, school, majors and minors, etc
- Add other interests
- Prepare a shortened version for use on your homepage
- Should be simple and include the most basic information (name, school, majors)
- Short and to the point
- Mention navigation tips if applicable (i.e. “ You can find my resume at the bottom of the page”)
- More detailed Bio
- Contact information
- Any other relevant information
Selecting Your Works
Knowing What to Pick
- Pick your ten best pieces from each of the mediums
- Consult with people around you to narrow down to these ten best pieces (faculty, peers, advisors, career and professional development)
- Include titles and descriptions of the work
- Organize works by medium and/or programming language
- Within these major headings organize by project/theme
- If you are using this during a job search be sure to include a resume
- This can be your full resume, or it can be narrowed to more closely align with the purpose of the digital portfolio
- Maintain high image quality!!
- Image quality is crucial, poor quality images will make your website seem unprofessional and can affect how your work is viewed and perceived
- Crop/edit images as needed to remove portions of the pictures that are not your work (i.e. backgrounds)
Proofread, Proofread, Proofread!
- Similar to a resume or cover letter, misspelled words or improper grammar in a digital portfolio will be a quick way for employers to weed candidates out
- Have someone else read over your content and bio, often times having an outside perspective will bring to light issues with clarity and grammar
- Do not publish your site until you are absolutely certain!