x

How to Make an Eportfolio

Growth Trends for Related Jobs

Like a standard portfolio, an Eportfolio is a collection of pieces that showcases your skills and past works in a specific area. Eportfolios are used by artists and graphic designers to showcase art pieces, by writers to showcase writing samples and by photographers to showcase a body of photographs. Along with a resume or curriculum vitae, Eportfolios are generally used to gain employment or obtain assignments within the field.

Choose the pieces for your Eportfolio. If you are attempting to get magazine work, create an Eportfolio of graphic design work that relates to magazines, such as ads or book designs. Include five to ten pieces of your best and most recent work, and include diverse pieces that show several different design skills.

Describe each piece of work. Include the title, what your exact role was on the work if it was a group project, credits to the other contributors, and a description of the work. In the case of graphic design work name the programs and methods used.

Include your resume in your Eportfolio. The resume should be done in HTML within the the body of Eportfolio; either at the beginning or the end, as not to interfere with the flow of the body of work. It should also be offered in downloadable forms, both Word and PDF, to ensure that it is easy to read and print.

Write a short biography. Describe yourself in terms of your work. Add descriptions that differentiate you from other artist in your field. Give employers a reason to hire you over the other candidates.

Include your contact information. Create a professional email address that is linked to the URL address of your Eportfolio, if possible.

Tip

Tailor your Eportfolio to the field in which you are most hoping to find employment.

Use your own personal style. This is especially important if you are angling for graphic design work. Nothing displays your graphic design skill more effectively than the layout of your Eportfolio.

Be professional. This is not a social networking site. Think of it as a professional resume.

Warning

Don’t use a free email address like gmail or hotmail. Don't include your entire address or phone number, since your information will be viewable to anyone surfing the internet.

About the Author

Alexis Lawrence is a freelance writer, filmmaker and photographer with extensive experience in digital video, book publishing and graphic design. An avid traveler, Lawrence has visited at least 10 cities on each inhabitable continent. She has attended several universities and holds a Bachelor of Science in English.

Cite this Article