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More and more employers are asking applicants if they have a website or other web presence that they can access easily. By using material you develop for your traditional résumé and then considering what additional online elements you might use, you can develop a rich alternative for employers who want to see beyond your one-page résumé.



Remember, when you post your resume online, you are creating a "digital tattoo" or impression of yourself. When creating an online Identity, ask yourself the following question: How do you want a potential employer to see you?


 Image source Flickr.

The Benefits of an Online Resume


  • Having an online professional presence
  • Providing an alternative easy to access resume
  • Moving beyond the one-page limitation
  • Adding projects
  • Distinguishing yourself from the pool
  • Matching a name to a face
  • Providing links




Portfolio Requirements


The table below describes the items you must include in your portfolio.


Designing Your Portfolio: The Following Items are Required


  •  Home page
  •  Embedded pdf Résumé 
  •  Projects page(s)
  • About page
  • Contact page
  • Visual argument
  • Consistent font style
  • Easy navigation
  • Feel free to add any additional items



NOTE: The above table also acts as a Grading Rubric. This is a compliance project, if your Portfolio is complete and complies with the above requirements, you will receive an A+ for the project grade. For each item that is missing, you will lose 10%.





Step 1:  Create a website for your portfolio in your personal web



Step 2:  Create a page for your Resume/Embed Pdf using

              Scribd.com, online hosting service.


Embedding a Pdf File


1. Save resume file as PDF


2. Scribd.com- open an account


3. Upload PDF to scribd


4. Open the new scribd pdf and select the Share button on Scribd toolbar


5. Select Copy the embed code.


6. Return to your Dashboard for the blogs/Open Manage Page/Resume.


7. Select <A> and paste the embed code


8. Preview the page


9. Save the page



Step 3:  Create pages for your e-portfolio.


Step 4:  Search Flickr for creative common licensed images to create

              an attractive and consistent visual argument.



Step 5:  Integrate any media projects that you have completed

              (photos,  images, links to internships, department, video and



Step 6: Create a narrative biography on your About page.


Note: After generating ideas for your About Page, set to work drafting and polishing, crafting concisely vivid sentences and choosing each word with careful consideration. What impression do you want to create? Consider adding a professional image of yourself.  Don't use prom pictures or weird cut outs. And finally, make sure that the overall impression is vibrant and worthy of notice.


Step 7: Write a headline for your resume.


Step 9: You might want to include some of the following information

             on your website:


    * How did you choose your major?

    * What is your ideal job?

    * What accomplishment are you most proud of?

    * What is the most significant project that you have  


    * What role do you like to play on teams?

    * Why should someone hire you?

    * How do you approach a difficult project?


Warning! When Creating an Online Identity


Protect yourself from stalking: minimize information about where you are (personal address) and what you are doing (schedules)


Protect yourself from identity theft (don't offer personal information)




End Note


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