Re: Online Portfolio

Subject: Re: Online Portfolio
From: Jean Weber <jean -at- wrevenge -dot- com -dot- au>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2002 10:55:51 +1000

The original incarnation of my technical editors' website (on CompuServe, about 5 or 6 years ago) was my resume and a portfolio of items to which I hold the copyright. Obviously this left out a lot of material that I had written or edited for hire (to avoid any breach of copyright), and as the online portfolio was in HTML it gave no indication of the appearance of the material as originally published. Today I would consider including some PDFs in an online portfolio, to show layout and design as well.

Since then the website has gone through several iterations and I have added lots of material that was written specifically for the site, but it still serves as my online portfolio (among other things). Obviously I think this approach is a good thing <grin> and recommend it. Just don't include anything that you don't own, unless you have explicit permission from the owner.

One of the main reasons I wrote a lot of short pieces for publication in a variety of magazines, both popular and trade, was to build up a portfolio of writing samples that I could use without question. I started doing this around 1988, when I lost a job because the company I worked for went out of business.

Regards, Jean
Jean Hollis Weber
mailto:jean -at- jeanweber -dot- com
The Technical Editors' Eyrie

G. Runnings wrote:

My question is, does anyone put their portfolio online? Do you think this is a good/bad idea? Coming from a web background and looking for work in the web industry, it seemed to me like a natural thing to do. However, perhaps there are issues that in my inexperience I have not considered (although I have long been a technical communicator, this is my first "tech writing" job search).

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