7 Steps to Create a Digital Professional Portfolio
By Tishawna Williams
Tishawna is a part of the TLC College Ambassador Program and attends North Carolina A&T University.
It is never too late to start creating a professional portfolio. Some people showcase their internship experience and others show their classwork work samples. No matter where you are in your journey (still in college or starting out in your career), having a digital portfolio to display your skills and interest is a must. If you do not have a digital professional portfolio yet, follow the steps below.
1. Keep all work assignments from your college courses.
If you have made things in class related to your area study or career field, such as newscasts, paintings or business ventures, make sure you document those in your portfolio. This is important so that the potential employers can see how knowledgeable and skilled you are in your area of study.
2. Decide which platform to host your portfolio.
There are many website and portfolio builders online. Some of the best hosts are Wordpress, Wix and Squarespace. Each of these websites are easy to figure out. They will take you step-by-step to creating your digital portfolio.
3. Create a table of contents page.
This will outline each section of your portfolio, as well as the contents of that specific section. Your contents should include an “About me” section, “School work”, “Work samples”, “Resume”, “Recommendations” and “Contact information.” Since your table of contents will be in a digital portfolio, make sure the text font is easy to read.
4. Create a title for your portfolio.
This can be on the home page. Typically, your title would be your name and potential profession in large font. For example, the title of my portfolio is “Tishawna Williams: Writer & Reporter.”
5. Include your resume in the “Resume” section.
Make sure your resume is in PDF format. You do not want to copy and paste the resume in the section because it would lose the original look or format. There are plenty of PDF creators online that can assist you with switching a document to a PDF file.
6. Letters of recommendation
Letters from professors or previous supervisors should be included in the “Recommendations” section. Any testimonials or letters of recommendations will look good to future employers. If you do not have any, ask a professor or former manager to write one for you.
7. Have career services or your mentor look over your newly created portfolio.
Make sure they check for errors, typos or things that you can improve. Make the changes they suggest. Promote yourself by sending the link of your portfolio anytime you’re applying for a job or internship.
Think of your portfolio as your own personal autobiography. It will tell a story on where you have been and where you are headed.