There are many ways people can get and receive information. Having a professional portfolio that is accessible to a wide market can mean the difference between landing a dream job or standing in the unemployment line. Luckily there are many online tools that can make creating a professional portfolio easy and accessible. The only hard decision is choosing which platform to use. Below are some pros and cons of three platforms to consider when creating a professional portfolio.
The best way to get the pros of all three platforms while limiting the cons is to incorporate all three into one’s professional portfolio. A personal Facebook page can be used to stay connected with family and friends. A fan page can then be created for the professional goals of the individual. A LinkedIn account can be used to stay current on job offers, stay connected with colleagues, and make applying to jobs easier. A personal web presence can then be created to help increase audience from the general public. Using a combination of these three platforms will ensure that an individual’s professional portfolio is complete, accessible, and effective.
Having a PWP is a great asset to a person’s professional portfolio. It gives current and prospective employers access to an individual’s best work and helps introduce the individual in a professional way. It allows easy access which can come in handy when networking with individuals across the country. The best feature for having a personal web presence is that it allows an individual to take control of what information is being presented about themselves on the internet. A well-developed PWP also has the ability to show employers that an individual is tech savvy which can be a huge asset in today’s culture.
I looked at multiple PWP’s before creating my own to get a sense of what elements I wanted to include in my own. The first one I looked at was Michelle Culpepper’s PWP, which can be found at http://mculpepper.weebly.com/index.html. Her PWP was very visually appealing. She used a variety of media including links, videos, and pictures. I liked how her home page included a message that she used throughout her pages. She also used the pages very effectively. It was easy to navigate and looked very professional. I would have liked to see a blog page in order to see her personal views on topics. Since her PWP was mostly professional, the blog would have helped me connect more with who she is as a person as well as her accomplishments. I think she did an amazing job and this PWP will definitely help her in future career opportunities.
The second PWP that I looked at was DeAnna Butler, which can be found at http://deannabutler.weebly.com. DeAnna’s PWP was also very visually appealing although it lacked the variety of media that Michelle incorporated into her PWP. Unlike Michelle, she had a blog page that gave her personal opinion on topics in the field. I thought this was a very nice addition because she was able to blend the right amount of personal with professional. I really got a feel for her. I also liked that her home page was very simplistic, but her effective use of tabs made it easy to learn about her and her accomplishments. I really like how she had a separate contact button to make contacting her easy and efficient. I would have liked to see more pictures to enhance the text on some of the pages but I think she also did an amazing job of representing herself.
For my PWP, I will include similar elements that Michelle and DeAnna used. I want to make sure that my PWP is visually appealing so I will use pictures to enhance my text. I will incorporate a blog post so that people can get a sense of my personality and views about topics related to my field. I will also include separate pages that include an about me, philosophy, experience, portfolio, education, and a contact me. The two biggest things that I took away from Michelle and DeAnna’s PWPs is that I want to make sure that I present a professional web page that incorporates some personal aspects so that current and future employers get a real sense of who I am.