The particulars of your e-portfolio (content, organization, style) will depend on your current status (e.g., student, post-grad., professional), your purpose (expanding your network, applying for things, establishing your brand), and intended audience (your peers, hiring committees, general audience). Portfolios can be formatted and organized in various ways, including along the lines of common resume categories, or organized by applied skills you want to emphasize. Here are some common elements found in many e-portfolios of students and early-career professionals. (This is a sample list of possibilities, your list should be tailored to your purposes and profile.)
Your introduction: This could include things like describing who you are, what are doing currently, what you’ve done in the past, what you hope to do, what you are passionate about, and what you want your audience to learn about you. In many cases the introduction could be similar to or even the same as your ‘elevator pitch’ or the answer you’ve developed to the ‘tell us about yourself’ interview question.
Your resume: You can provide a page with your whole resume, or instead provide summary information about things on your resume and then link to your whole resume. Resume categories can often be translated into headings on your e-portfolio home page. Obviously, all the strictures about creating effective and flawless resumes apply here.
Examples of projects completed by yourself and/or on teams: These can include things like policy or advocacy reports, strategic or marketing plans, or training manuals you created.
Examples of your communications skills: Written and/or oral: These might include letters or memos, speeches you’ve written, newsletters you created, or oral presentations you can share by connecting to outside hosts such as YouTube or Prezi.
Examples of your creative or technical skills: Graphics you’ve created, websites you’ve designed, flyers or other promotional materials you produced, or data sets you’ve built and maintained.
Examples of your applied research and related scholarly skills: These might include excerpts or full reports of extensive research and writing projects, conferenced papers, lab reports, grant proposals, or conference poster sessions.
Examples of your administrative/group leadership and productive participation: Examples might include group leadership roles and accomplishments in campus organizations (e.g., student government, student life, and student advocacy organizations), or in outside organizations.
Examples of internships you’ve completed: Employers rank ‘applied workplace skills and experiences’ very high on their list of preferred job candidates. But as a student it’s difficult to attain even the minimum experience for jobs you might seek. Internships are a recognized, effective way to build your applied workplace skills and experiences.
Study Abroad and Related Travel/ Work-away Experiences: Study abroad experiences offer not only compelling applied challenges and academic experiences in unfamiliar settings, but they surely will be of high interest to those who are perusing your e-portfolio. Such experiences can also say a lot about your propensity to stretch yourself as a student and young professional eager to experience new ways of thinking and living.
Reflections/ Blog Posts: Part of establishing your professional identity and brand is finding ways to convey what you’re passionate about, what’s important to you, and in what areas have you taken steps to develop special learning or knowledge ‘niches.’ Reflection pieces, for example, in the form of a public blog, can help you reflect deeper about things that are important to you (e.g., issues, causes, technologies, self-assessment, social relations) and can help demonstrate your ‘lifelong’ learning approach to important and complex topics.