• Best practices for your e-portfolio

    DO:

    • Use “clean” simple design
    • Prioritize navigation so that most important categories are featured “higher” than less important categories
    • Imagine what a future employer most wants or needs to see before hiring you
    • Give yourself a title – Online producer; social media producer; reporter; designer; mobile journalist; law student; graduate school applicant(?)
    • Play up your strengths
    • Include “just the right” amount of personality
    • Feature your best content if you’re going to be a reporter/producer and provide easy to follow links
    • Do allow an employer to get your work using multiple methods; downloadable pdf or link to your own text or vimeo in case original links break
    • Include headlines, chatter and descriptions of the items you put in your portfolio just the way you would if you were turning in multimedia projects to one of our newsrooms
    • Include a description of what YOU did on any project, so it’s clear to someone who is perhaps looking at a Newsy video or a project where you served as editor/project manager
    • Use your name in the title bar/title tag
    • Share the link on your blog and friends for google “juice”
    • Write your intro page – post it – then edit it again after letting it “sit”
    • Ask friends/faculty/family to proofread
    • Use spell check
    • Double-check your links to make sure they’re working (including your portfolio address)
    • Make sure your portfolio displays in Internet Explorer/Firefox
    • Describe how projects fit with your overall vision for your career: eg: how does your marketing project in capstone help you become a better reporter or producer?
    • Make sure your references have agreed to have their information displayed on the Internet – if not, you can link to some other publicly available information they’ve given you (like J-school home pages with our office numbers)
    • Clean up your Twitter feed and your Facebook profile for “professionalism”

    Don’t

    • Be afraid if you aren’t pursuing journalism – instead, be clear about your next career goal
    • Have grammar errors or typos in your site
    • Have items on your resume that don’t fit with your future vision of yourself (eg: bartender, teaching assistant, retail sales)
    • Feature your blogging or class projects if they don’t “sell” you for the career you envision for yourself

    ----------Posted on February 27, 2011 by in 4992, Career

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