Whether or not you’re actively looking for a job, it pays to ratchet up your professional image outside your office. (After all, you never know who might google your name.)
For that, the e-portfolio can be your most powerful tool.
What is an e-portfolio? It’s a collection of work published online to showcase your accomplishments and share your personal vision or life goals. It can tell people more about you and allow them to see examples of your work.
Tools to use: Create an e-portfolio using blog or wiki software. Both Blogger (www.blogger.com) and PBWiki (www.pbwiki.com) are free.
Ready to put one together? Follow these five tips from Kelly Driscoll, president and co-founder of the e-portfolio service Digication, which appeared on MSN Careers’ web site (careers.msn.com):
1. Keep it brief, like a great résumé. Provide clear, direct information about you, your work and your achievements, then link to full descriptions and examples.
2. Help viewers find key information with the fewest clicks possible. You don’t want them to miss seeing your best work, because it’s buried in too much information.
3. Use keywords throughout your e-portfolio to make sure it pops up during searches. Tip: Link to related web sites, resources and professional organizations to increase its searchability. Remember to include the web address of your e-portfolio on your résumé.
4. Make sure you shine through. Your e-portfolio should be unique. Just don’t forget to use a readable font and avoid using files that are bulky to download (no more than 2 MB to 5 MB).
5. Reflect your most positive aspects by rereading your e-portfolio until you’re certain it’s free of grammatical errors.