- BRANDING: Your resume, portfolio and website should have a uniform look and feel. Remember, if you can brand yourself, the employer will feel that you can also brand for them.
- KEEP IT CLEAN: Remove any inappropriate work that could cause an employer to reject you. Remember your audience, and what they want to see from a prospective candidate. Example: remove anything overly sexual, overly religious or overly political work.
- KEEP IT OPEN: Make your portfolio clean, open and professional looking – remove all clutter. Make sure its easy to navigate and text is readable.
- DEVELOP NEW CONTENT: As a journalist and content developer, you should always be telling a story. Especially after you graduate! Show potential employers that you are living in the journalism industry by developing new content every month. Develop at minimum of 1 story per week.
- PROOFREAD: If your website has grammatical errors, employers will think you’ll make the same errors developing content for their organization. Take your time and do it right.
Blog Sites : Here are a few online Blog sites where you can develop new content:
- Blogger – Blog through your Google Account
- SquareSpace (from $8 month) – Strong Blog Design elements
- Tumblr – Short-form and Micro-blogging
- WordPress – Jack of Trades site, Maintain multiple-blogs
FREE Portfolio Sites : If you do not have a website, here are a few FREE online portfolio sites where you can showcase your work:
- Carbonmade – Multimedia portfolios, Google analytic
- Cargo – Multimedia portfolios, Google analytic
- Coroflot – Traffic reports, Groups, Job alerts, Employer directory
- design:related – Job boards, News, Artist network
- Flickr – Image editing, Privacy settings, Print shop, Networking
- im creator – Easy, Clean, Multimedia, Sleek Portfolio Designs *
- Krop – Easy, Clean, Multimedia, Sleek Portfolio Designs *
- Moon Fruit – Easy, Clean, Multimedia, Sleek Portfolio Designs *
- Vimeo – Multimedia portfolios, demo reels, Artist Network
- Weebly – Easy, Clean, Multimedia, Sleek Portfolio Designs *
- WebyDo – HTML 5, Drag, Drop, No Coding, Easy to Create Your Own!
- WIX – HTML 5, Drag and Drop, No Coding, GREAT TEMPLATES!!!
LOW COST Portfolio Site: If you do not have a website, you can use this inexpensive, WordPress template site. Prices range from $10—$35 to create. WordPress | ThemeForest — http://themeforest.net *
WEBSITE EXAMPLES: Take a look at these online portfolio sample sites. They are simple, professional looking and easy to navigate. An employer can quickly review their work and get an immediate idea of the designer style, skill level and if I want to hire this candidate. These are all former Full Sail student websites
- The MavBlog
- Phil Pallen
- Snippets Press
- Grey Gorilla
- CGS Creative Media
- Jessica C. Northey
- Nicole Stokes
- Tamell Green