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August 25, 2015

A guide to your Portfolium ePortfolio

By the time that you graduate, you will have produced mountains of work, projects and achievements. Now imagine that throughout your academic journey, you could easily tag and save all of these projects digitally, in one, central repository.

 

Portfolium is helping students reach their full career potential within a marketplace that aligns learning outcomes to competency-based hiring.


At its core, it functions as your personal website, where you can document and showcase your skills, experiences & learning by uploading various digital artifacts. It gives you the ability to capitalize on your college experience for the rest of your life, by providing a secure space to reference, reflect upon, and showcase work samples and competencies. Your last class project could be exactly what top employers are looking for!

 

Portfolium is an electronic portfolio (also known as e-portfolio, ePortfolio, digital portfolio, or online portfolio), a web-based collection of your academic and individual work & skills that you’ve developed over time. Your Portfolium provides visual proof of your skills, growth, abilities, & experiences through digital artifacts. These artifacts can include different multimedia such as documents, videos, audio files, graphics, coding samples, & presentations - anything that demonstrates your knowledge in certain areas!

 

In addition, Portfolium is also a:

  • Professional Network - Connect with your peers, colleagues, professors, and potential employers. Get inspired by discovering other people’s work, or, get feedback on your projects!
  • Jobs Platform - Look for jobs and apply to them directly through Portfolium! Employers are actively browsing Portfolium for talent.

 

Why create a Portfolium?

The #1 misconception is that ePortfolios are only used by individuals with an art or tech background. In actuality, college students of all majors are producing work for every course they take - projects, drawings, papers, models, designs, videos, code, etc. - all of which can be showcased to employers as work samples. In addition, students also gain competencies from their many extracurricular activities, and this work can be showcased as well.

 

Why are work samples important? Well, research has shown that such artifacts are the best predictor of new hire performance. This means that employers tend to value your work samples more than your actual interview performance and peer ratings.

 

Employers also look for candidates that demonstrate strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Unlike traditional resumes, ePortfolios give you the space to include written commentary, thereby allowing you to provide your audience insight into your thought process.

 

Other important reasons to create an ePortfolio include:

  • It will help you build a healthy online presence. 80% of employers Google your name before even considering inviting you for an interview! Although setting your social media profiles to private is a wise choice, it’s also not good to be an absolute “nobody” online.
  • It provides you with the unique opportunity to convey personality; it brings the bullet points you’ve listed on your resume to life.
  • Creating your portfolio will function as a self-reflection tool; it will give you a sense of direction and accomplishment in terms of your professional development.
  • Candidates with ePortfolios gain a 10% advantage over other candidates because they demonstrate a serious commitment to the job interview process. It’s impressive to the prospective employer that thought and effort have gone into the decision of applying for a specific job!
  • It allows you to integrate college education with work-based learning and illustrates how one supports the other.
  • It's multifunctional; it can supplement your resume, enhance your LinkedIn profile, and be used during an interview.
  • It'll help you keep your work updated and organized - all in one place! This will streamline the process of applying to jobs.

 

What to use your Portfolium for:

As a tool to land a job. 

Your Portfolium will help you through every step of the job application process … from actually submitting an application & interviewing, to following up with an employer.  

  • Supplement your resume - Although the traditional resume is still relevant, it’s not the only thing job seekers need to prepare in order to get hired. Today’s market is more global and competitive than ever and simply put, it’s nearly impossible to stand out with a one=page resume. By presenting visual proof of your skills and abilities, you’re much more likely to impress recruiters.
  • Add your Portfolium URL to your LinkedIn and email signature - This will make your work more visible and ultimately, will contribute to a positive online identity. Today, more and more companies are using active recruiting techniques -- rather than posting a job and waiting for applicants to find them, employers are actively searching online for top talent via Google, LinkedIn, Portfolium, etc. You never know when they’ll stumble across your Portfolium!

  • Use your Portfolium as a secret weapon during interviews - Interviews set the stage for you to showcase actual samples of your work. Use a tablet or the Portfolium iOS app to accompany your pitch with real artifacts of your work. In doing so, you’re more likely to leave a lasting impression - did you know that 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000X faster?!
  • Get the most out of career fairs with your Portfolium. Show up to a career fair with your ePortfolio and provide the recruiter with visual proof of your work.

  • Follow-up with prospective employers by sending  them your Portfolium URL - Portfolium will provide you with your own easy-to-share URL. Additionally, each Entry you create will have it’s own URL, so you can pick and choose what projects to share with employers!
  • Apply directly to jobs on Portfolium - Portfolium hosts 5,000+ jobs tailored to students & recent grads.  

As a social network.

Portfolium is different than other ePortfolio solutions because it’s also a social network.  

  • Connect & Collaborate - Connect with your classmates, colleagues & friends. Tag your teammates as collaborators! You can also connect with your professors and employers (which will make requesting letters of recommendation much easier).  
  • Find Inspiration - Browse thousands of portfolio entries uploaded by other users and learn how they accomplished a certain project. You can also ask them for advice by leaving them a comment or messaging them directly.
  • Get Feedback - Reach out to your colleagues and/or experts in your field and ask for feedback on your projects.
  • Network - Networking is one of the most powerful (and FREE) tools for professional development. Not only does meeting new people expose you to influential leaders and potential mentors, it can also open countless doors of (job) opportunities.

As a self-reflection tool.

An ePortfolio gives you a space to think about your educational past, present and future. What are the meanings of the work that you have chosen to display in your ePortfolio? What kind of value does it have for you? What did you learn from your different projects? What questions did you ask? What new questions emerged from your learning? How did your previous knowledge or experience affect what you learned or how you learned?

 

As a career assessment tool.

Browse through an extensive library of other people’s work to gain a better understanding of what a certain field of study or career entails

 

What to include in your Portfolium?

Your ultimate goal should be to present a well-rounded version of yourself.

 

Begin by thinking about the various categories of your entire academic and professional life that you might include. Then brainstorm what types of things you might be able to pull together for each category. You do NOT need every last item on this list. This is a list to get you thinking about all of the options you may be overlooking that you may already have and could include.

 

School and Professional Works and Projects

  • Work samples from previous and current class assignments, research projects or group projects
  • Evidence of specific technical skills (Website development, databases, event planning)
  • Writing samples, work samples or templates created
  • Work samples from current and previous jobs or internships (non-proprietary)
  • Processes or procedures created
  • Evidence of specific soft skills (writing, leadership, communication, conflict resolution)
  • Workshops, seminars, conferences attended
  • Academic honors, Degrees, Certifications, Certificates, Licenses and awards you’ve received

Personal Interests, Activities & Volunteer Work

  • Non-profit/charity work (personal or corporate sponsored)
  • Travel experiences
  • Photos from events you’ve coordinated
  • Leadership office held in professional/community organizations or on related boards
  • Community service project participation
  • Proof of professional affiliations and leadership roles held
  • Special training or independent (self taught) learning
  • Learning of a new skill or language
  • Public speaking opportunities
  • Flyers or newsletters you’ve designed or written articles for

To be added to your profile:

  • Personal or professional mission statement
  • Resume
  • Courses and course descriptions
  • Degrees, Certifications and Licenses
  • Links to your personal blog and social media profiles

 

 

Now, Create An Awesome Digital Portfolio With These 10 Pro Tips

 

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