How to Make a Successful Online Portfolio.

When constructing your first online portfolio it will feel like a daunting task. You will quickly realize that you have no idea where to start, but eventually you will find your bearings. And there is good news! I'm going to be right here to help you and give you great tips to create a successful online portfolio.


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  • 1. Tell me about yourself.
  • - This is the most asked "question" for any type of interview out there (in my experience at least). That means that it is essential to add a paragraph about yourself on your portfolio. Things to keep in mind when filling out your "about" section are:

  • 1. Details about where you're from and how you got to your current location.
  • 2. How you got into the profession you are in now.
  • 3. Write about education, internship opportunities and jobs held in the field.
  • 2. What are your skills?
  • - For this question think about proficiency. What are you most skilled at. For me, I would use HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and jQuery for my best skills. Make sure it is laid out in front of the reader plainly. They will want to know almost immediately when they land on the page. It is also a good idea to use images for these skills to capture the readers attention. Some things to keep in mind when filling out the "skills" section are:

  • 1. Only include your best and most developed skills.
  • 2. Make it simple to read and see.
  • 3. Add an image or type the skills large fonts.
  • 3. What more do you know?
  • - It's good to add a broad base of your knowledge to let a potential employer know that you are "worldly", in a professional sense of course. Add skills you've picked up or certifications that you've aquired. Let them know that you are willing to broaden your horizons and learn their specific trades. A few things to include in this section are:

  • 1. Additional skills/secondary skills.
  • 2. (Like I chose to do) A graph that shows your competency levels for each skill.
  • 3. If you choose to make a graph make each skill or the graph itself stand out.
  • 4. Add an image of yourself.
  • - An image will let a potential employer know that you are serious and willing to put yourself out there. It will also give them a sense of security knowing that you are real and not a scammer. Things to think about when including a picture of yourself are:

  • 1. Add a full body photo and a headshot.
  • 2. Dress appropriately.
  • 3. Smile! (No one wants to hire a grouch)
  • 5. Now lets see what you've done.
  • The next step is to add your portfolio. If you don't have any professional experience don't worry! Use anything from what you've learned from school or independently. This includes school projects or personal projects. A few things to think about when creating your portfolio are:

  • 1. Choose and place your most recent work first.
  • 2. Give an explanation about what the project was for and what skills you used in it.
  • 3. Use images for each project to give the viewer an idea of what the project looks like before they click on it.
  • 6. How do should I contact you?
  • The last step is to give your contact information. I know this can be somewhat dicey for some people because it is on the internet, but just add things you are comfortable with. Things to include are as follows:

  • 1. Email.
  • 2. Phone number (if comfortable with it).
  • 3. Skype account username.
  • Now that I've given you the rundown on how to perfect your online portfolio, I hope you go out there, apply for jobs and get hired! Don't forget to send some love my way. I hope you enjoyed! Have a great day.