By Caitlin Barnett | January 23rd, 2010
For years now, designers and photographers, among others, have been expected to maintain online portfolios. They are a quick and easy way for interested employers to view and evaluate the previous work of applicants. Back in June 2008, Gen J committee member Sonya Smith, in her post Resumes for the new journalism world, shared a quick tutorial on how to apply for jobs and collect clips. In her overview, she wrote about joining sites such as LinkedIn and WordPress. Now, though, an online resume or blog might not be enough.
Instead, the trend is combining everything as one site. For example, John Cropper’s site, www.johncropper.net. John graduated from the Ohio State University’s journalism school last year, and is currently an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at Grow Food, Grow Hope in Wilmington, Ohio, where he works as the public relations coordinator. He started with a WordPress theme, then tweaked it to meet his needs. Now, he has one site that showcases his blog, clips, resume, and photographs.
So, Gen Jers, what do you think of online portfolios? Have you created one, or do you plan to? Do you have any tips for other Gen Jers tackling their online portfolios?