How to Make an Online Career Portfolio

There are many ways to create an effective online career portfolio, thanks to multiple free tools offered to job seekers and freelancers. A portfolio can be used for potential employers or clients and today's highly competitive job market requires a creative edge that a portfolio can provide.

 Your Format

Before setting up your online career portfolio, it's important to identify what format will highlight your skills best. There are generally three formats for an online portfolio. These are blogs, websites or HTML versions of resumes. While the easiest format to create is a digital URL of your resume, it may lack the personality of a website or blog.

Choose a website if you are creating an online career portfolio for your business, and a blog for a more updated version of your portfolio. Include published samples of your work, links to your additional examples and regular updates.

Keep it Simple

Just like a traditional resume, an online career portfolio needs to have a clean, simple look for the best results. When setting up a website for the online portfolio, choose a template with a simple format and clean lines for the best results. An online portfolio that's too cluttered or that contains too much information can be a real turn-off for employers or potential clients to look at.

Provide the Right Information

When putting together your online career portfolio, provide information about yourself that not only conveys your unique talents and qualities, but also keeps your personal information safe.

Provide a professional description of yourself and a color photo of yourself so that others can get a feel for you, but leave out your favorite hobbies, family photos and other items normally reserved for personal networking sites.

Include Testimonials

One of the best ways to market yourself online with a career portfolio is to include a few written testimonials from past employers or clients. This is considered the virtual way of providing references in the new age. Ask your former employers or clients to describe your performance or a special quality that you can bring to the table. Often, this alone will convince someone to hire you over another candidate.

Register Your Name as a Domain

After you have taken the time to build a professional online career portfolio, protect your profile by registering your name as a brand-able domain. Then you can point your website to your domain so that you can easily be found online by employers and clients. This also increases your chances of your new portfolio to be found in search engines. Registering your name as a domain also protects your website (and name) from being hijacked, and costs a minimal fee.