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You need an online writing portfolio

January 15, 2014

So there you are, going through college, studying hard, getting good grades and producing fabulous work.

What do you have to show for it?

The answer should be: AN AMAZING ONLINE PORTFOLIO!

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Is this who your Facebook profile says you are?

Potential employers today are going to look you up. When they do, you don’t want them to find pictures of you in less-than-professional moments. You want them to see you at your best. There’s lots of advice out there about what to put into a portfolio. However, if you’re in college—and you’ve made it this far in today’s post—you likely know what you want to display. If you don’t, all you need to do is stop by your college’s career center to ask the professionals there what they think you should be sending into the world.

Professional portfolios are easier to make than you realize

Professional portfolios are easier to make than you realize.

Once you’ve chosen the work that you want the world to see, you’ll find it easy to produce blog-style portfolios on free platforms like WordPress—which hosts this blog—or Google’s Blogspot, each of which has its pros and cons. You can create pages with words, photos, images, videos and links galore.

In my news-writing course,  I ask students to collect their work into an online portfolio. Many of these students have gone on to turn their blogs into professional-looking websites that showcase their work and help them get jobs.

Here are just a few portfolios of UVM students and recent UVM grads. Some began in my course; some didn’t. Each is a brilliant showcase of work that presents them as professional and eminently hirable.

Each of these sites were put together with WordPress or Blogspot. You could have yours up and running within the next hour.

Get to it!

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