First, there were blocks of classifieds that I used to circle with a red marker for finding jobs. Then, I started sending resume to employersâ€™ e-mail addresses for instant delivery of my job applications. Further I gradually moved to job search websites from newspapers and classifieds to search for posts and apply instantly from there. Later, social networks gave a new dimension to job hunting activities as I started connecting to employers through social networks like Facebook,Â Twitter and mostly from LinkedIn. Then, I learnt that an e-portfolio or an online portfolio would serve as a stronger reference to my professional social network profile. The best part of an e-portfolio is that these webpages include educational background, cover letter as well as would showcase work samples, certificates and many more. At the same time, we can include those projects mentioned at LinkedIn account, add reference to our Facebook profile and Twitter handle to these online portfolios. Galore websites offer creating and hosting online portfolio.
Galore websites offer creating and hosting online portfolio. But you need to select those e-portfolio tools in accordance with the type of work samples you want to showcase in portfolios.
Here is a rundown of top sites for creating your e-portfolio â€“
This is my personal favorite for it helps accumulate all my performance and also gives me room to elaborate on my career goals and professional endorsements etc. The best part of WorkSimple e-portfolio platform is that it lets me set goals, pursue my career goals, also tracks my efforts and progresses in the process of attaining my professional goals. However, this e-portfolio may not work for if you are looking for space to include your work samples.
If you are looking for a traditional, no-frill e-portfolio platform, then zero in on Google Sites. The Google Sites enable clubbing your resume, your work examples, projects you worked in, URLs of websites where you uploaded your work, press clips. If you are already using Google Docs then, you can amass all the contents in the form of PDFs, Documents, spreadsheets and presentations you are storing on Cloud based storage of Google Docs. Google Sites also enables uploading images, artworks, or presentations you saved in image formats that you can easily drag and position where required.
But, don’t take the plunge yet. There are many e-portfolio tools you need to compare and consider in order to decide which platform would give optimum exposure to your work, work samples and career goals etc. If you develop images, videos or audio clips then, select from Behance (claims to generate 15% more traffic than others), Carbonmade, and Pinterest. Likewise, Posterous, DropBox, Wix (Search engine friendly), Webnode (text, forums, images, polls and many more) are the best choices for creating e-portfolio by clubbing text, photos, and other formats of files.