Top Reasons to Use an ePortfolio


You spent all semester working on that group project.  Now what?  Don’t let your work collect dust – uploading it to an ePortfolio is a fast, easy way to get lasting value from your the work you’ve done in college.

If you’re still not convinced, check out our roundup of the top five reasons you should use an ePortfolio:

Prove  your skill set

Instead of just listing your skills on your resume or LinkedIn profile, prove your skills through work samples.  You will add more credibility to your resume and personal brand when you show examples of the skills you listed.

Share information with future employers

When applying for jobs, you should make it as easy as possible for potential employers to see your qualifications.  This applies to formatting your resume, writing an effective cover letter/email, as well as sending work samples.  ePortfolios provide a template to showcase your work in an organized way.  Rather than sending email attachments that might be marked as spam or bog down the recipient’s inbox, provide a simple URL to your ePortfolio to make it easy for employers to see your work.

Store in the cloud

When you store your work in the cloud, you can access them anywhere you have a computer and Internet access.  If you host files solely on your computer, you run the risk of permanently losing them if something happens to your computer or hard drive.  Once you transition to an ePortfolio, you can rest assured that your work is safe and sound no matter what happens to your computer.

Reflect on past work

Looking back on the work you’ve done in the past will help you assess what you’ve learned, and areas where you still want to improve.  Reflecting on your previous work and professional development can also help you create new goals.

Show professional development

Simply using an ePortfolio will help your personal brand by demonstrating your familiarity with online tools.  You also show aspiration for professional development by showcasing work you’re proud of, and the desire to continue learning through a new internship or job.

How have you benefited from using an ePortfolio?  Let us know in the comments.

Shannon Lehotsky by Shannon Lehotsky, Wiggio




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