Career e-Portfolios for Landing a Job
Using a career e-portfolio in your job search is one more way you can showcase your skills and abilities to prospective employers. Whether or not you completed the INFO 289 e-portfolio class, you can still create a career e-portfolio that will showcase your strengths, help you get that interview, and perhaps even help you land the job.
Online portfolios allow you to:
- demonstrate your ability to effectively utilize and embrace innovative ideas and technology
- highlight relevant major coursework, projects, and experience that demonstrate your skill development for a specific job
- represent yourself and your skills in a lively, interactive, attractive format with examples of real work
- showcase your understanding of how you can apply what you have learned
Your career e-Portfolio, much like your resume, is a demonstration of your skills, abilities, and achievements as they relate to the type of position you are seeking. Additionally, you can now include text, files, images, multimedia, blog entries, links, audio, and video. Creating a digital portfolio for a specific job listing can demonstrate your professional capabilities and make you more attractive to employers. It is also a quick way for employers to access your relevant projects and accomplishments.
Many iSchool students enroll in INFO 289 or MARA 289 and create e-portfolios to demonstrate their mastery of the iSchool program’s Core Competencies. While these portfolios are strong academic products, and are often text- and content-rich, they will need a bit of reshaping in order to work as effective job application tools.
If you haven’t yet taken INFO 289 or are doing the thesis option, you might not be sure what an e-portfolio actually looks like. To start, you may want to explore these sample student e-portfolios created using SJSU’s Portfolium platform.