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Bettina Peacemaker

Assistant Head, Academic Outreach
Business Research Librarian
VCU Libraries
(804) 828-8960  

Kim Hanneman

Kim Hanneman

Assistant Director,
Career and Industry Advising
VCU Career Services

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Start Your Digital Portfolio

According to a recent Association of American Colleges & Universities survey, most employers say they would find digital portfolios useful. You can use your digital portfolio to build a professional online identity and demonstrate your relevant experience. These strategies will help you get started in almost any field.

  • Research and pick the best platform for you
  • Keep your layout and navigation simple
    Employers are looking for portfolios that are easy to navigate and organized to tell your story. You'll want to include a clean and simple homepage, an "about me" section, your resume, samples of your work and contact information. Read more about what employers are looking for in a digital portfolio and find examples.
  • Be selective and think about organization
  • Consider your audience
    You want to keep your audience in mind throughout the process. Your portfolio should address the "why should I hire you" question, so focus your career goals and aspirations to tell your story.
  • Check your work
  • Connect your online presence
  • Don't wait to get started

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