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  • Minna Scherlinder Morse 12:45 am on August 19, 2009 Permalink
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    Building a Web Portfolio 

    We hope these tips will help SOC students and others get started thinking about and designing professional e-portfolios:

    SCOPE OUT THE COMPETITION
    Browse the online portfolios of professionals in your field. What do you like, or dislike? What choices are they making about how they present their work, how they approach the design, what industry jargon they use? You can find pros’ websites/portfolios just by Googling the name of a person whose work you admire, or even the field you’re interested in pursuing. These sites are ubiquitous—which should motivate you even more to create your own!

    SECURE A DOMAIN NAME
    Before you begin to build your site, you can secure a domain name. Even if you’re building on a platform that gives you a ready-made address, you can usually link it to an alias URL that’s easier to remember and connect with your business or your name. One of the most popular places to screen and purchase domain names is http://www.godaddy.com .   Make it short and simple, flexible, and memorable. Often, your name alone is a great choice (unless your name is something like John Smith, and it’s already taken!).

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  • Minna Scherlinder Morse 8:05 pm on August 17, 2009 Permalink
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    Building A Professional Portfolio 

    What is a Portfolio?

    Whether in a hard-copy binder, video or audio tape, or DVD—or increasingly, online—a presentation portfolio is a way for communication and arts students (and increasingly, those in other fields, too) to showcase their best work to prospective employers and others who can further their careers.

    What Goes Into a Portfolio, and in What Order?

    • Include only those work samples that will best represent your talents and speak to a particular employer’s, or type of employer’s, needs and interests. (Tip: be sure to research your audience!)
    • This isn’t a chronological or exhaustive history. Choose wisely, and place the best, most relevant samples of your work up front.
    • Provide some explanation of each sample—what the assignment was, where and when it was aired or published, etc.  But keep it brief.  In choosing samples and providing copy, less is more.
    • It is better to have no samples than to have bad or irrelevant samples. You can provide work on spec, charm your way in, or have references pave your way, but you can’t remove the memory of below-par work samples from an employer’s brain.
    • That’s all the more reason for you to recruit help from mentors, professors, alumni contacts , and others,  in choosing what goes in and what stays out.  It is VERY important to seek and accept critiques on your work from those in the know. (Tip: getting advice on your portfolio can be a great way to start networking with people who already have some vested interest in you…

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