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A Quick Guide to Online Portfolios

“Online portfolios are a make or break.” “They’re the way to get your name out there and a foot in the door.” You’ve heard professors and professionals say these words time and time again. Websites and online portfolios are a quintessential part of being a student and a young professional so its important to make yours stand out. You know that having a prideful e-portfolio is important, but what exactly should you put on your page?

About Me

This is the perfect place to tell potential employers who you are and what you can do. It can include where your from, your favorite past times or a fun fact. It is always good to include your school name, major and expected graduation time. Additionally, be sure to include your career related goals so that employers can sense if you would be a good fit for their company. What industry do you want to work in? What city do you want to work in?Agency or in-house?

For example, “I aspire to work in at a large technology public relations agency in Chicago upon graduation.”

Work Samples

Only include your best work. If you aren’t proud of and passionate about a sample, it’s not worth showing to a potential employer. Pick out your best and brightest pieces and show them off. You can use samples from classes or internships if you have had any. It is always good to show a variety of skills. For example, a news release to show writing, an infographic to show design and an PR plan to show strategic thinking. A wide range of samples shows all of your different skills and attributes. Just be careful not to crowd your page with too many work samples.

Resume

Include a tab for your resume where you can upload it as an image and link to the PDF. This way if your work samples draw in a potential employer they can learn even more about you and your experience.

Contact

The addition of a “contact” section on your website ensures that anyone who wants to reach out can. You can include a contact form available through many hosting sites, such as WordPress and Square Space, that allows visitors to put their information and a brief description of why they want to get in contact with you. You can also just add your email, LinkedIn or phone number for contact. If you really want to cover your bases, do both!

 

Online portfolios allow you to connect with professionals and show off all of your talents and skills. They are a great way to incorporate who you are into what you do. When creating an e-portfolio, however, it is important to keep it up-to-date. If a potential employer looks you up online and finds your portfolio with a resume from 2015, and work samples to match, they aren’t seeing your best and brightest work. Every time you have a new piece that makes you glow, add it on! Every time you have a new, stunning version of your resume, update it! Just make sure as you add you look through your older pieces and determine if they are still relevant.

Most of all, remember that online portfolios are all about you…so have fun with them!

 

Written by Sophie Ey

Get Involved Outside the Classroom: PR Clubs on Campus

Welcome back PR ducklings! Week three is upon us and, at last, we have settled back into college life. It is the perfect time to get involved outside of the classroom, build your resume and grow your network. Luckily, the SOJC is full of opportunities for every type of public relations interest. There are clubs ranging from television to investor relations that allow you to connect with fellow students and build your portfolio. If you want to be more involved, read more and we will show you how!

 

Want to work with real clients? Allen Hall Public Relations (AHPR) has you covered!

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AHPR is the only student-run public relations firm on campus. It is nationally accredited firm that uses traditional and online resources to create real work for clients in Eugene and Portland. AHPR allows students to work in small teams to generate content for small businesses and organizations. Past clients include Olympic medalists Brianne and Ashton Eaton, Fredmeyer and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Hiring occurs every fall and winter term. Check them out on social media @AllenHallPR

Interested in working in television? Duck TV has the perfect PR team for you!

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Duck TV is an on-campus television network that creates short episodes for students on a wide range of topics from sports to comedy. The PR team is responsible for planning events, website development and social media management. Learn to promote and expand an awesome student-run television network on this team of 150 creative minds. Auditions are held during week one of every term. You can also find them on social media @UODuckTV

More of a traditionalist? Ethos Magazine is a great way to get involved in the world of print.

Ethos Magazine is student-run and nationally recognized! It focuses on art, science and food in Eugene and around the world. Ethos has so many things in store for the experience seeking public relations aficionado. Positions are available in fundraising, branding, social media and website development by application. Check them out on social media @EthosMag

Are business and finance more your speed? If so, IR Futures is the place for you.

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IR Futures is one of the very few student investor relations clubs in the nation! They host speakers from the financial sector that aim to educate and encourage professional development. IR Futures tackles the topics of investor relations, finance PR and public affairs among many others. If this sounds right up your alley, check them out on Twitter @IRFutures

Want to work on your professional development and networking skills?      The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) has your back.

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PRSSA is a national organization and the largest PR club on campus. They offer bi-weekly chapter meetings about networking and skill development that are open to all majors. If you are looking to take on a more active role, you can become a dues-paying member for access to special events, committees and Professional Development Tours. You can also find them on social media @UOPRSSA

 

Now it’s time to go forth and get involved! The UO PR world is your oyster. 

 

Written by Sophie Ey, UO PRSSA Vice President

Things to do if you are “stuck” in Eugene this summer

Spending the summer in Eugene? Take advantage of the hot weather. Go to the coast for a walk along the beach, go on hikes, enjoy the delicious food downtown, or attend a special event. There are so many things happening, I feel sorry for individuals severely afflicted with a fear of missing out!

Take study breaks, be outside and enjoy Eugene over the summer! For a full list of events and details visit eugenecascadescoast.org/events/

Summer events