E-portfolios taking off as way to show skills and experience.
Credit Angela Pacienza
The Canadian Press

Eportfolios were once reserved for those seeking employment in the technology or graphic-design sector, but now people in other disciplines are catching on to the trend. Imagine giving a prospective employer a CD-ROM or a Web address instead of a paper resume. The employer sees a comprehensive Collection of work samples, transcripts video testimonials from employers and teachers, photos of work and anything else that illustrates your accomplishments and skills. "There's really no limit of what you can put in there," said Diane Moore career counselor at George Brown College in Toronto. ,"You want to take all of those brings and find ways to translate them into something that looks good online said Moore, adding that e-portfolios are much more than souped-up resumes. Some career counselors say on-line e-portfolios will be the next big Trend in the work search industry. They're already taken off in American schools with some institutions commissioning developers for easy-to-use software to simplify the process. Earlier this year, several U.S. universities got together to form a Electronic Portfolio Consortium (www.eportconsortium.org) with that goal in mind.

Another group, made up of more, than 30 colleges and state universities, call themselves the Electronic Portfolio Action Committee. But e-portfolios are still far from the norm in Canadian career development. E-portfolios are still very much the cutting edge." said Moore. "But already anybody who wants to differentiate themselves in their field when they go out for interviews is using an e-portfolio." George Brown College has been pushing students to create them for about three years. Concordia University in Montreal and Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., are planning e-portfolio workshops through their student career centers next year. The trend isn't limited to technology or graphic design careers. Moore said 10 years ago it was something only seen in professional arts fields, but she now sees e-portfolios in a variety of professions including early childhood educations, social work and even her own field of career counseling.

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Michele Jacobson teaches graduate students at the University of Calgary how to create e-portfolios as a way to highlight academic work, campus life and life accomplishments. Its part of their professional development, but it also serves multiple purposes, said the assistant professor in U of Cs faculty of education, where e-portfolios have been taught since 1992. Its both a celebration medium to highlight their best work and also a learning medium so that they can solicit feedback from others, said Jacobsen. The point she says is that the portfolios will be used for more than employment. Students in the Calgary area start learning how to display their work online as early as kindergarten in some schools, she said. Its becoming more widespread because the tools are getting easier to use. Publishing on the Web is a lot easier and the technology itself is much more available at all age levels. An e-portfolio can be a celebration medium to highlight their best work and also a learning medium so that they can solicit feedback from others, according to some sources. The point is that the portfolios can be used for so much more than just employment.

Tips to get your E-portfolio together

E-portfolios highlighting personal and professional are becoming increasingly popular. Here are tips from career counsellor Diane Moore on starting a professional e-portfolio on a Web site or CD-ROM:

(1)-Include career goals, a resume, letters of reference, transcripts, academic awards, degrees, company announcements of promotions, documents you helped write or design and, if possible a video of you working (e.g. giving a presentation or teaching a class).

(2)-Give yourself enough time to assemble the portfolio, the collecting of items such as photos and copies of awards and transcripts could take weeks depending on the source. 'Be mindful of confidentiality clauses from previous employers. Some reports you helped write might not be available for public consumption. You may need to get permission to use certain photos

(3)Get permission to use copyrighted material and clearly mark your own work and the work created as a team.

Revised 2013 by Larry Gentleman