Creating a Portfolio
What is a Portfolio?
This webpage is designed to help you develop a portfolio to share samples of your work with potential employers. A portfolio is typically a webpage or document (.pdf or powerpoint) that highlights your abilities, achievements, and intellect.
- The portfolio is designed to do one thing—to support you as you market yourself.
- A well-prepared portfolio provides "evidence" to the reviewer of your accomplishments, skills, and abilities; it documents the scope and quality of your experience and training (Iseman & Sheely, 1995).
How do portfolios differ from resumes?
Portfolios can expand on your resume in that:
- They allow you to provide concrete examples of your work.
- They can demonstrate your knowledge of resources available for general and field-specific research by linking to appropriate source materials.
- They can directly demonstrate your intellect, technical skills and visual competence.
- They can also improve your visibility.
Do I need a Portfolio?
- Product Development/Design Jobs
- Web Development Jobs
- Technical Consulting (one strategy)
You want to demonstrate your technical and design skills as well as your comfort level with web-based technologies.
General Portfolio Resources
- Designing a Digital Portfolio (article from Architecture Week Online)
- Martin Kimeldorf's Portfolio Library
- Suggestions from Rebecca Smith's e-resumes.com
- Fast Company Magazine's The Brand Called URL
How can I develop a portfolio at Thayer School?
You can open a free account with an Internet service provider that offers "homepage" space and "building assistance" in exchange for allowing "banner" advertising on your site. The following sites are but a few to offer this service:
- Coroflot (Thayer Alum and Smart Design employee Jonathan Cedar '03 recommends Coroflot)
(Note: Angelfire and Tripod are both operated by Lycos. This is not an advertisement for these companies, other ISPs provide space as well. These providers have been included because both offer user-friendly materials to their subscribers.)
Once you've chosen a site host...
Be sure to read the information on
- Editing and creating new pages
- Changing permissions so that only you can modify files
If you've never written code before:
- Surf links for html authoring tools and/or
- Utilize web-authoring software.
A few good applications include: Netscape Composer, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Front Page, Macromedia Dreamweaver...
You may also want to consider software such as Keeboo. (Keeboo allows you to compile files, create, and publish "books" of material on the web.)
You may also want to consider purchasing your own domain name:
Content and Design Strategies
Suggested guidelines for content
Site or document that demonstrates abilities and experiences which are directly related to hiring needs or job field of prospective employer, and gives a sense of your competencies.
Ask for help and suggestions:
A few good eyes and ears: Career Services, professors, former employers, others working in the field, members of the Dartmouth Alumni Career Network.
Ask yourself: "What do I want the employer to know about me?"
You may want to include:
- Links to interesting pages i.e. links to clubs and activities in which you're involved
- Engineering design projects
- Pages you've created that demonstrate your skills and interests.
- Writing samples and a modified resume (see information on copyright and privacy)
- Resources you recommend for research
Choose from Thousands of Portfolios on Coroflot (view "People")
From a Recent Graduate:
Portfolio of Thayer alum Brian Ferguson '04 Th '05
(Note: If you are interested in submitting a sample portfolio for this site, contact us)
You'll want to avoid:
- Animations that never stop.
- Color, background and font combinations which make the page difficult to read.
- Huge graphic files that take forever to download.
- Things that blink.
- Vague link names.
- FRAMES! (Because it makes it hard for you to refer others to a specific page or for you to "find it again."
Submitting Your Site to Search Engines
The following URL allow you to submit your website to multiple search engines simultaneously free of charge