Setting up your Canvas Profile

By now, you should have received an email from Canvas to set up your account. If not, please contact Jon Bates (V-Portfolio Coordinator).

Canvas is the tool that your V-Portfolio will live on. It is similar social media platforms like LinkedIn or Facebook where you upload your content, see other profiles, connect with others, and determine the visibility of your reflections and exercises. As you begin your V-Portfolio, make intentional decisions of what to include on your profile on Canvas.

If you already have a Canvas account, please still review the following prompts to strengthen your Canvas profile’s presence.

Vocation is nothing more — and nothing less! — than thinking about how you want to show up in the world. Who are you? What do you care about? What do you stand for — and who do you stand with? You address these questions in the first four elements of your profile:

  • name
  • headshot
  • cover photo
  • tagline
  • introduction

Together, these four elements create a powerful first impression for friends and colleagues, as well as potential collaborators, clients, and employers. You can add and edit your vPortfolio for different audiences and attach it to a resume, grad school, or job application.

How do you want to show up in the world?

Think of this exercise as a way of writing the byline for the story you will tell in the rest of your portfolio.

Your Name

This may be easy or obvious, but reflect on the following: What’s in a name? What’s your relationship to your birth name? Does it have particular significance to your family or faith tradition? Do you have a nickname? Other names you prefer? What’s in your name?

Names can trigger certain expectations, even stereotypes in others; they also identify us to ourselves and others. Think about what name should be on your portfolio. Be sensitive to the various audiences that will see it on a platform that is more intimate than LinkedIn, but more formal than Facebook. What name will you choose?

In the image below the name is Jon Bates.

Your Headshot

A headshot offers a visual presentation of who you are. If you use a photograph of yourself, would you want that image to be in profile or full-on? What’s the expression you want on your face? Photographs communicate certain information about race, gender, and age, which again may trigger certain expectations, even stereotypes in others, even as they are one way of identifying who you are.

You may choose not to put a photograph of yourself in the headshot circle, but rather an image of something that represents who you are and what you stand for. What headshot will you choose?

The headshot below includes an image of Jon Bates in front of a white background.

Your Tagline

The tagline is a way of presenting yourself in your own terms. Think of words that describe you, underscore your interests and highlight your strengths. Pay attention to whether those words are nouns (“citizen of the world,” “artist”) or verbs (“striving for justice,” “working for the common good”). Choose words that sum up your passions and capture the imaginations of others.

The tagline should be legible to people outside the circles of your experience, leaving them with the feeling that they want to get to know you better and find ways to make common cause with you. What tagline will you choose?

A starting point can begin with a 5 Strengths Test.

Your Cover Image

You can “background” a lot in this final element of the portfolio. It serves as a visual description of the most important aspects of your own background. Introduce a community of people you claim. Show something you care deeply about. Whatever you choose, make sure that your background image does not make the tagline hard to read. Make sure it does not compete with whatever you used for your headshot.

A starting point can include downloading and uploading a photo from a stock photo website, for example Pexels.com.

Example of V-Portfolio: