A Great Online Portfolio for Everyone

Nov 28, 2016

A portfolio is a great tool that any engineer can leverage to showcase talents, work and professional story. Thinking about building your portfolio? This is your resource to get started!

Building Your Portfolio Includes:

1. How any student can develop an impressive portfolio

2. Tools to help you get started

3. Impressing viewers with your style, passion and story

Get me started on my portfolio!

Regardless of your discipline, your level of experience or how much you have to show, anyone can begin to craft a great portfolio! Your portfolio should be unique and show recruiters who you are, what you’re passionate about and what you’re capable of. Most importantly, it shows a recruiter your potential!

To get started, here is some content that you can include sorted by discipline:

Mech

Civ & Chem

Indy

MSE

EngSci

ECE

CAD Drawings

3D Prints

Machined Parts

Homebrew Builds

AutoCAD Layouts

Infrastructure Designs

Processes

Workflow Diagrams

Process Optimization

Business Models

Research Projects

Methods, Objectives, Results

Research Posters

Technical Designs

Engineering Drawings

Coding Competitions

Hackathons

Personal Projects

Everyone

Extracurricular Involvement (Design Teams, Student Governance)

Project Management

Stock Portfolios


Content is definitely not limited to the items listed in this table. Your portfolio is a space for you to showcase the work that you’re most proud of!

So now you know what you want to include, where do you start? There are a lot of tools and services that you can use to host your content. Each of them offer their advantages so it’s up to you to decide the service that suits your content the most.


Tools

Use

GitHub

Code repository

WordPress, Drupal, Joomla

Content management systems

Behance

Showcasing design work

Weebly, SquareSpace, Wix

Easy to design and set up without coding

Medium, Tumblr

Story telling


Now that you know what to include, where to put it, how can you make sure that it really impresses recruiters? Whether it’d be a school project, work you’ve done for a design team or a personal side project, your work deserves to be showcased in the best way possible! Here are some dos and don’ts to make that lasting impression on the recruiter.


Do

Don’t

Be picky with what you include

Generic intros

Include one in-depth case study to showcase your thought process

Have and neglect a blog. This shows you’re not good at keeping up with your blog

Show a focus and passion

Poor website name (“theworstportfolio.com”)

Say what you would do differently. It’s OK if you don’t love a project, but talk about what you’d change and why you’d change it

Take credit for a team. Acknowledge who you worked for or with. Lack of knowledge will show to a recruiter during the interview

Show work that you’re proud of and work that you’d want to do in the future

Distill your skills into “progress bars”. You can’t break a skill into percentages. This also shows a lack of humility.


Much like your resume, your portfolio is always a work in progress. One of the most important things to consider is to make sure you can motivate yourself to consistently keep it updated. Again, no matter how much experience you have, how much you have to show, a well-crafted portfolio can show recruiters your potential. And armed with the knowledge on how to build your online portfolio, the best time to start is now!