E-Portfolios as a Hiring Tool: Do Employers Really Care?

© 2008 Chris Ward and Chris MoserEDUCAUSE Quarterly, vol. 31, no. 4 (October-December 2008)ViewpointE-Portfolios as a Hiring Tool: Do Employers Really Care?E-portfolios demonstrate students’ learning and competency, yet higher education has not persuaded employers to use them in recruiting and selecting employeesBy Chris Ward and Chris MoserCollege students looking for that first job after graduation scan job postings, create profiles on career websites, and send out resumes. On the employer side, human resource managers advertise entry-level jobs and review the applications submitted for those jobs. They often narrow the candidate pool based on cover letters, resumes, and possibly reference lists. Job-hunting students would benefit, however, from having e-portfolios to share with the HR managers, who could review artifacts relating specifically to job expectations (such as presentations or written work). But would employers even look at the e-portfolios? What information would they want to see in candidates’ e-portfolios to assist them in the selection process?

E-Portfolios as a Hiring Tool: Do Employers Really Care?
by Chris Ward and Chris Moser

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