Creating an ePortfolio

Online portfolios or ePortfolios are a way to make your work stand out to potential employers, buyers, and colleagues. These multimedia collections provide evidence of skills and knowledge learned, from being creative to showing critical thinking skills.

Types of ePortfolios

The Hire Me Portfolio focuses on getting you a job. If you are actively searching for a job then the current goal of your portfolio is to get hired. In this type of portfolio you can target the work you show to the type of company you want to work for.

The Showcase/Professional ePortfolios — These ePortfolios are primarily a way to demonstrate (showcase) the highlights of a student’s academic career.

The Reputation Building Portfolio focuses on building your name in the industry and online. This may take the form of an artist’s showcase. Or tie your work together with a blog on your portfolio site.

The Networking Portfolio focuses on building relationships. There are many networks that have excellent portfolio building tools. They have some advantages to placing your portfolio on their website. Chiefly among them is to leverage the site space for networking.

5 Benefits of creating an ePortfolio

  1. Professional way to showcase your work
  2. Great first impression for employers
  3. Increase your visibility and online presence
  4. Shows you are more than a resume
  5. Flexibility – easy to update/change as needed.

What to include in a portfolio?

  • a professional-ish headshot (show your personality)
  • a headline or personal pitch statement (what you can do; what you're looking for)
  • a brief bio (include hobbies, interests or interesting fact)
  • academic & professional highlights (awards, grants, jobs held)
  • samples of your work (papers, posters, websites, graphics, articles)
  • link to promo-reel; podcast or relevant publications
  • volunteer work
  • letters of recommendation
  • links to your professional social network
  • contact info

Design of your portfolio

While an ePortfolio is a way to showcase your knowledge and personality, don't let your personal design choices outweigh your work. Your work is what should stand out, so be careful in choosing fonts and colors. Limit color choices to no more than 2-3. Choose fonts that are easy to read such as serif or sans serif fonts.

Keep these tips in mind:

  • Brevity is best – don’t use 15 words when six or seven will do.
  • Organization is everything – best content first!
  • Make it searchable – avoid a site several layers deep.
  • Express yourself
  • Keep it professional

Let's look at some ePortfolios

How and Where to create your ePortfolio

As a student at UNC, you can obtain the Adobe Creative Cloud for free from https://software.sites.unc.edu/adobe/.

  • Express – Easy to use, part of the CC subscription. Can have multiple sites. Limited themes, but can create a customized brand (limited options).
  • Portfolio – Includes themes, multiple sites (up to 5 with CC subscription), can have custom domain name.
  • Behance – showcases creative work, use with Portfolio. Primary clientele is creative professionals. Also includes job postings.


UNC offers a WordPress server through tarheels.live. You can have up to 5 sites at a time on this service and it's free. Since this is a campus service, you are limited in the themes and plugins available. However, this is a great starter to get you familiar with WordPress.

WordPress.com does have free version, however you will have ads on your portfolio. For $4 a month, you can have an ad free experience.

Other options

• Canva - Free plan or pricing plans. Can select from various templates for both the your page and social media posts

Wix – Free plan or pricing plans Unstructured editor (can move items on page anywhere), themes, plugins/apps, learning curve and bandwidth limits

Squarespace - $, includes templates and a drag/drop editor

Google Sites – Free, integrates with Google products, limited customization options (no font choices)

FolioSpaces – Free, does offer a premium membership for $9.95 a year which includes 20GB of storage.

Linkedin – Works with your portfolio, can add your portfolio to your Linkedin profile.

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