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1 Friday, February 18 Bill Hart-Davidson Dànielle Nicole DeVoss Martine Rife Doug Eyman

2 QUICK REVIEW resumes and cover letters workshop: covered: 1.understanding the goals and types of resumes 2.brainstorming resume contents 3.designing the resume 4.reviewing example resumes 5.exploring resources for maintaining and further developing resume 6.understanding the goals of cover letters 7.reviewing example cover letters 8.exploring resources for writing cover letters resume is core/anchor document in portfolio

3 THINKING ABOUT PORTFOLIOS What do you think you’d want to include in yours? Why? For what audiences/purposes? resume contact info works/projects completed  relevant projects to profession; unrelated (not not irrelevant) projects –screenshots of web sites and other digital and/or dynamic media –explanation/preface material (e.g., your role in project, your specific products, when you worked on the project) –grade/comments (?)  include as reference material (?) –don’t include projects/work you got a bad grade on references available on request (choose reference-providing people who can speak to your different skills)


5 (SOME) USES OF THE PORTFOLIO to organize your work throughout your degree program and across your classes to have a handy, useful record of your work to use during your job search process to use during your job interviewing process

6 YOUR PORTFOLIO should be a tool for self-reflection, degree program and career planning, and goal setting is an important asset in getting a job, especially if you claim digital writing as a specialty area should demonstrate your success in “key performances” throughout your career—those moments recognized by the field as important should serve as a platform for creating several flexible “displays” of your abilities and interests… for several different publics

7 artifacts descriptions 1 n Evaluation criteria 1 n Descriptions reference evaluation criteria artifacts exemplify “key performances” Artifacts have descriptions STRUCTURE

8 Take a moment to jot down some likely audiences and corresponding purposes your portfolio must be prepared to support. AudiencePurposes Faculty Advisor Intern Recruiter – Games company Review degree progress; plan upcoming courses, recommend capstone project Compare credentials against hiring needs, other candidates; place candidate on specific project team LIST AUDIENCES & PURPOSES

9 The question you face as you organize your portfolio is how to make it as customized for each audience as you can… …while still keeping it flexible so that you can present it to another audience and get similar results! COMPETING DESIGN GOALS

10 ADVANTAGES OF THE WEB effective linking allows the key performances in your portfolio to be presented and re- presented in different categories each page has the potential to act as a user interface, organizing the information a user will need to see and providing easy to access the information items stored in your portfolio can be made visible or obvious for some groups and hidden for others One of the reasons we are working on electronic portfolios is to take advantage of the ability to create flexible, customized information structures on the web

11 ORGANIZATION OPTIONS Chronological Functional Thematic Specialized With a hard-copy portfolio, you often must choose which organizational method to go with. Or, use a ring-binder to create flexibility. On the web, you can use all four methods to your advantage!

12 SIDE BY SIDE: CHRONO/FUNCT The early years -freshman seminar paper -IED concept report Professionalization -project from internship before junior year -URP, Spring of junior year Designing: individual and team projects -IED concept report -project from internship before junior year Research -freshman seminar paper -URP, junior year College Life

13 SIDE BY SIDE: FUNCT/THEMATIC Designing: individual and team projects -IED concept report -project from internship before junior year Research -freshman seminar paper -URP, junior year College Life Awakenings: -freshman seminar paper -project from internship before junior year Advancements -URP, junior year -IED Concept report Becoming an Engineer

14 DON’T CHOOSE JUST ONE! While it is helpful to decide which of the four main organization schemes will most likely be the “default” path through your portfolio, you shouldn’t choose one exclusively! Instead, think about where you can build in an “interface” for each one that will help users navigate your epf! A reflective introduction, providing a “functional or “thematic” path A graphic or link to a “timeline” view

15 Bill Hart-Davidson This is my reflective introduction. Here I have a brief narrative which would orient my audience(s) to this portfolio, provide them with some background details, and even offer them a few links to helpful sections. This should be a brief statement, but you want it to show off your personality as well as your qualifications. Categories, for a functional organization: Research Teaching Consulting Dates, for a Chrono organization: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 chronofunction

16 A CONVERSATION… with Martine Rife and Doug Eyman, portfolio designers, who will: –show and share their portfolios –talk a bit about their creation processes –reflect on how they’ve used their portfolios and plan to use their portfolios, and –share some advice with us

17 LOOKING AT PORTFOLIOS examples linked from workshop web page  show broad range of ways to represent your personal and professional interests  reveal diverse types of document organization  provide great sources of inspiration and ideas for portfolio construction

18 SOME TECHNICAL SPECIFICS 1.making and saving PDFs 2.saving to your AFS space 3.naming web files 4.buying a domain name and hosting your files elsewhere

19 1. MAKING PDFs PDF = portable document format a PDF is typically a locked document—readers can view the document and/or print the document, but they cannot alter it a PDF is a convenient way to digitize, save, and post text while retaining the formatting features of the document

20 WHY PDFs? because PDF files have become a general standard for distributing/sharing files because PDFs allow you to retain formatting because PDFs are (almost always) universally accessible as Adobe puts it: “A standard adopted by governments and enterprises worldwide, Adobe PDF is a reliable format for electronic document exchange that preserves document integrity so files can be viewed and printed on a variety of platforms.”

21 HOW  SOFTWARE you need Adobe Acrobat; this software is different from the software you use to view PDFs ($450 commercial, $131 educational) Adobe Acrobat is installed on the campus computer network, and is also installed on the PC faculty workstation in the main office

22 HOW  specifically download and open test doc from web page  DeVoss_webbing_cyberfem_ms.rtf PRINT to PDF (not save)

23 2. SAVING TO YOUR AFS SPACE MSU is our ISP and our web-hosting service all MSUnet users have access to AFS space every MSUnet user gets 52 megs of AFS space within every users’ AFS space is a “web” folder the “web” folder is where you store any/all files you want to be available publicly and published on the web

24 when you log on to a PC in 317 (or any of MSU’s labs), your AFS space is automatically mounted  your “homes” or P drive to mount your AFS space on a Mac in 317, click on the green trefoil knot icon on the bottom of the screen to access your AFS space from elsewhere (e.g., from a wireless connection in Beaner’s, from home), you’ll need to use an FTP program  see the FTP_instructions.pdf handout

25 3. NAMING WEB FILES file-saving and file-naming conventions are crucial to web publishing 99% of your web files will end with.html,.jpg,.gif, or.pdf some general rules: –index.html  this is your default “main” or “splash” page –do not use strange characters NO: danielle’s*GreatVita.html YES: vita.html

26 –do not use spaces in file names; indicate spaces with an underscore NO: danielle’s vita.html YES: danielle_vita.html –do NOT save files with long names NO: danielleshouldgetsupertenure.html YES: tenure_doc.html –do NOT mix cases; use ALL lowercase NO: MyAnnualReviewDoc2005.pdf YES: annual_review_2005.pdf

27 4. BUYING A DOMAIN NAME & HOSTING SPACE you may not want to be use a service site like to search for available domain –can register for 1-, 2-, 3+ years –can secure email addresses and file hosting –can redirect from your

28 MAKING A BASIC PORTFOLIO PAGE consider a two-column layout  flexible and common present portfolio contents,brief descriptions, links to artifacts, and reflective statements

29 PORTFOLIO RESOURCES (linked from workshop web page)

30 NEXT STEPS… work with the template files  work on the skeleton of your portfolio develop a file-management strategy (for/on your own computers) If you want feedback on your portfolio, email: –Bill ( –Dànielle ( –Jeff (

31 PW Workshop 3: Preparing for Job Interviews Friday, February 25, 9–11am, 317 Bessey (students MUST attend this workshop to sign up for a practice interview; contact Jeff ( to sign up for a practice interview) Environmental and Natural Resources Career Fair Wednesday, March 2, 2005 6pm to 9pm Kellogg Center, Big Ten B & C Teacher and Administrator Recruitment Fair Tuesday, April 12, 2005 9:00 9am to 4pm Lansing Center

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