5 tips on creating your website portfolio

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By Kelsey Castulik 

So you’ve spent endless hours on creating some content.  Whether it be for an internship, summer class or as freelance, you want to display all your work as a growing professional. Where can you show off the effort you put in? An online portfolio.

When people say online portfolio, it simply means website. Building your own website may seem like a complicated task, but it doesn’t have to be if you take the right steps. Here’s 5 easy tips highlighting the advice that I’ve collected from some very long portfolio-building seminars.

  1. Your portfolio should match your emphasis area. If your dream job works with the creative side of things, you might want to show your future employers that creative mind of yours in action. Make sure your website reflects your artsy, imaginative self by including color, pictures of your work and many design elements. If you are more on the business side of things, make sure your page is professional and clean-cut while still displaying the work you have completed.

  1. You don’t have to know coding to have a website. It would be really cool to build your own website from the ground up, but for those folks who don’t have a clue about coding, there are website builders. Website builders even offer templates to start from if you can’t get your creative mind flowing. Check out some of the website builders I’ve suggested below. (Some of them are even free.)

  1. Don’t forget to add your blog. Whether you have an outstanding blog you post to daily or you have a couple blog posts you typed up for a class, include them in your portfolio. Blogging showcases your writing experience and, depending on your blog posts, shows some topics you care about.

  1. Pages are everything. The pages on menu bars organize your website and allow employers to navigate your portfolio with ease. Some pages people tend to include on their websites are (but are not limited to): About Me, Resume, Experience, Blog, Contact Information. You don’t need a ton of pages, but it’s a good idea to keep your information separated clearly.

  1. Include that contact information. If you create a mind-blowing website filled with all the great experience you have but forget to leave an email to reach you at, employers may overlook you. Make sure you include your phone number or email on your site, so you can actually speak to those dream employers.

Keep these 5 tips in mind as you start constructing your website. Having some of your great content readily available at a future employer’s fingertips is a valuable thing. Prove the hard work you’ve put in and display all of those videos, news stories, blog posts, photos and projects you’ve created on your very own personal website.

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