Location University of WA at Loew Hall, Room 117
Saturday, October 26th 9 am – 2 pm or end
You must register in advance to attend as we need to create your workbook.
The first thing a recruiter or manager wants to see before you’ll get an interview scheduled is your online portfolio. In this live class, we will teach you how to use a free WordPress site and template to create a great looking portfolio and resume site. At the end of the course, you will be able to continue on with the skills you learn to continue working to improve your initial creation.
Bring your own lunch! We will serve a continental breakfast.
No registration at the door. You must register in advance as we have to print workbooks prior to the date of the class so we can print out workbooks and other material. Register now.
You will also need to have your WordPress template downloaded and some assets ready to use prior to the class. The information is in a Setup document listed below that you can download. Follow the instructions and then attend a check in call to share your desktop so we can verify that your laptop is configured properly.
If you’ve never used Zoom, log in early to download the application on your laptop or desktop. For this meeting, using your cell phone will not work as I will need you to share your computer screen so I can see your implementation of WordPress to check you off.
Also, test out your speaker and audio connections the first time you open the application the first time or I guarantee you will not be able to hear the audio and will need to connect separately by calling in on your phone.
Check in dates to check out WordPress configuration
Select one time and attend online for 10-15 minutes. Download the WordPress Setup 2019.
- 10/12 10 am – 10:45 am https://washington.zoom.us/j/2081466117
- 10/16 6:30-7:15 pm https://washington.zoom.us/j/2081466117
- 10/20 10 am – 10:45 am https://washington.zoom.us/j/2081466117
- 10/23 6:30-7:15 pm https://washington.zoom.us/j/2081466117
Other Details: Call in +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 208 146 6117
No registration at the door. You must register in advance as we have to print workbooks prior to the date of the class.
Bring the following to your class!
Before you begin, make sure you’ve got the following materials ready to use in the class:
- Your power cord and an extra extension cord
- An electronic version of your resume
- Electronic copies of the portfolio pieces you want to display online. I recommend that you save them all as PDFs and that way no one can take a document and use it as their own and it displays better.
- A screen shot tool such as SnagIt to use in creating graphic images (under $50)
- We will also need 350 x 150 pixel images (thumbnail) of each of your portfolio pieces plus a larger image for each portfolio piece. The size of this image will depend on how large you want your portfolio example to be.
- Banner image for the front page of 1180 × 360 pixels.
- Site Icon (will show up at the top of your web browser tab and must be 512×512 pixels.
- Bring the link addresses to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and any other social media that you want to connect to your online resume.
The Dara theme, there are a few generic social media icons at the top of the theme. We’ll be personalizing the ones on the site and adding more (if you want), using your personal URL information so people can click on them and be connected directly to your social media sites.
- Have a description of each portfolio piece that contains the story about each portfolio piece. How did you develop it? Was it a team project or a solo piece that you worked on alone? What tools did you use to create it? Why did you select it if you had lots of other work samples? The story about each portfolio piece is almost as important as the sample itself.
Here are some things to think about prior to the class is getting your portfolio pieces ready:
- Plan to have at least a screenshot of the best parts of a web-based portfolio piece. Do not plan to link to a live site for the following reasons:
- Web sites are constantly maintained and one day your work could be written over.
- Entire sites can disappear and then you have nothing to show for your work.
- Show the parts that you did and not the entire sites.
- A sample of your work is nothing without the story behind it. Make sure to answer these questions in the story you tell about each portfolio piece:
- What parts did you do?
- What tools did you use?
- How long did it take?
- What obstacles did you overcome to create it?
- What were the constraints?
- Was it an internal document?
- For instance, was it revised daily in a War Room environment and delivered nightly to another site so people could continue working 24/7?
- Make the story interesting and compelling to show yourself in your best light.
- Make yourself the hero of your own story. If you don’t toot your own horn here, who will?
- When using pieces that are marked as confidential, proprietary, etc., here is a work around. I worked for a medical lab where much of the material was proprietary. However, I was using an online help design and navigation system that I owned and there were pages on the site that didn’t give away any confidential information. Here’s the solution I came up with:
- I was able to take screenshots of those pages.
- I showcased my work without compromising any confidentiality agreements.
- I created a short story about each page and called attention to the information I wanted my viewer to see.
- Supply lots of samples of your work. You never know what will appeal to the person reviewing your portfolio. I got my second writing job because I happened to bring editing proofs from a SDK review I’d done at Microsoft where I’d marked Gerund and circled each heading that needed to be changed. The interviewer, whom I originally thought was just not that into me, perked up when he saw my editing work and said, “Well I guess since you know what a gerund is, we’ll give you a try.”
Look at other people’s sites for ideas. Here are two sites we’ve used in last year’s class and I encourage you to explore and come to our course ready to build something special that shows who you are and the type of work you do.
Note: Because the themes have changed since I did this course last year, our portfolios will look different from these examples.
Presenter: Lin Laurie
Lin Laurie is an experienced technical writer and instructional designer who has worked as a consultant for the majority of her professional life. She has provided program and project management, consulting, training and technical writing services for companies such as Microsoft, Intuit, Coca-Cola and Amazon. Laurie is also a technical training partner with Adobe, Lessonly and SnagIt, and she enjoys passing her knowledge of tools and technology on to others.
As the president of the local chapter of the Society for Technical Communication, Laurie annually teaches a class on creating resumes and portfolios using WordPress and also teaches other classes that benefit new graduates entering the technical writing workforce.