Coherence and continuity

Try to think of all the material you select as pieces of evidence showing that you are an interesting person. Select material that inspires people to examine your work, and choose artifacts that will demonstrate your growth over time (like a paper from an introductory class as well as a senior thesis). Adopt an upbeat, welcoming tone (“In these pages, you’ll discover exactly what makes me tick”), but also maintain enough professionalism to keep an employer’s critical eye locked on your pages. Some common mistakes:

  • Publishing potentially embarrassing photographs. This is not Facebook!
  • Letting serious typos slip by (Bachelor of Sciwence in Engginerring)
  • Revealing information that is too personal or leaves them open to judgment (“I’ve tried every beer on this list of 50 at least once, and some of them way too many times.”)

Some people say that you should only post something online if you’d be willing to show it to your granny! Though you don't need to go this far, perhaps a good benchmark is that you only post material that you can be proud of a year from now, especially if you intend to advertise the URL to employers.

Finally, when selecting material, recognize the value of piggybacking. In addition to posting pages such as your home page, your CV, essays and reports, project designs, and photos, keep in mind that you can readily link your pages to those that others have created. Where logical, provide relevant links to your course descriptions, organizations with which you’re affiliated, or pages that reflect your hobbies and personal interests.