In recent posts, we discussed why you need a portfolio for personal development and to manage your professional career. The obvious next question is what tools and resources should I use to build a portfolio?
What Goes in the Portfolio?
The portfolio represents your skills and expertise. You need to decide if you want the portfolio to be static where you only do occasional maintenance and updates. Or do you want a site that’s more dynamic and continually updating?
For a static portfolio, the main goal is to show off the best of what you can do.
- Identify a few common course types such as interactive scenarios, compliance training, software simulations, etc.
- Have a consistent way to present the projects: what was the goal, what did you do, what was the outcome?
- Keep is simple. No need to show the whole module. Either show screenshots or small chunks of the module (like the interactive parts). You could do a quick 30-second video trailer of the module. That’s one way to get around uploading a real course (which we’ll discuss below).
For a dynamic portfolio, the main goal is to show what you can do as an ongoing pursuit.
- Determine a manageable schedule. Most people start aggressively and then peter out. You’re not a news site where you need to post every day so start slow and be consistent.
- Commit to a production process. I like the weekly challenges as a way to manage the portfolio. Commit to one per month. This gives you something to build and show. And then do a write-up and discuss what you did and why.
- Blogging? Do you need a blog on your site? Are you going to write a blog post? What are you going to write about? A few ideas: how-to tutorials are popular, thoughts on what others have written, or summaries of industry books, articles, and news.
Where is the Portfolio Hosted?
This sort of depends on your technical skills and how much time you have. There are a lot of easy-to-use sites like Wix or Squarespace. Or you can build and manage your own site. There are also some portfolio sites designed to showcase projects.
Easy to Use & Professional Portfolio Sites
You can find dozens of portfolio sites on the Internet. Most of them are designed for people who have images or videos. They don’t seem to have any that cater to interactive content, especially e-learning courses. These sites are good for static portfolios that aren’t updated a lot. You’ll need images, screenshots, and maybe videos of your project.
Popular Paid Accounts
Whether you use one of the portfolio sites or a no-programming site like Wix, you need to recognize that there are some limitations and you can’t host your courses on those sites. You’ll need something like Articulate Review (part of your subscription) or Amazon S3 to host the course and provide a URL link you can insert in the portfolio. Here’s a post on how to host a course on Amazon S3.
Custom Portfolio Sites
The other option is to create a site that you manage and update. Some people go with a traditional website. This gives you the most freedom, but also requires a bit more work. Some people go with a WordPress blog (not the free one).
The cost for these sites is nominal. Personally, I think considering the freedom and custom options, it’s a better choice to own your site and control how to add media and content.
Purchase Your Own Domain
If you want to maintain your personal brand, it’s a good idea to purchase your own domain. It looks more professional and you get an email account to go with it. Having a custom email always looks better than using one of those ones from a public email service.
Here are a few portfolios to review and see how they approached the custom domain. You’ll notice that some went with their names and some created a business name. Either way works, it just depends on your needs.
So those are your main considerations:
- Update frequency
- Domain name
Do you have a work portfolio you’d like to share? If so, put a link in the comments section. Let us know what you do to show off your skills.
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