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Determining what information to include on each page

Each page of your electronic portfolio should serve a particular purpose. The following sections will help you craft the text necessary in creating an effective and comprehensive portfolio.

Composing the home page text

The home page is an entry point into a website. Because your portfolio is also in web format, your home page should also serve as the entry point to the site, helping orient your audience to the online portfolio. In creating the home page, you should consider including the following information:

Composing the description page text

The description page is necessary in an electronic portfolio, which speaks in your absence. If you just link to projects without giving any context for the piece, reviewers won't know what they're looking at or why you're including the material. These description pages should provide such information. The following is a list of information to consider including:

This list, of course, isn't exhaustive. You may think of and include other relevant information that will help reviewers understand why you've included the piece in your portfolio.

Just as important as the information you include is the information you omit. Don't make the following common mistakes when creating an your description pages:

Keep in mind that you'll use the "I" pronoun often because you're writing about yourself and your work. In your portfolio description pages, writing about yourself is important and necessary, not egotistical. Don't switch to passive voice to avoid using the "I" pronoun. Active voice is easier to read, and your employer may be looking to see that you can write in active voice.

Finally, try to keep the description pages concise. On the screen, make every word count, and delete any text that serves as filler.

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