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Portfolios

A Resume SAYS what you've accomplished.e-portfolio
A Portfolio SHOWS what you've accomplished.

Materials to Include:

Work Related Items

  • Job descriptions
  • Internship experience
  • Level of effort (hours, sales, case loads)
  • Promotion notices
  • Evaluations
  • List of skill sets or competencies
  • Awards or achievements
  • Customer satisfaction (thank you letters, emails)
  • Work samples/Results (documents you have developed, PowerPoint presentations, web pages, etc.)

Involvement Items

  • Volunteer experience
  • Committee involvement
  • Community activities
  • Group membership
  • Leadership activities
  • Campus activities

Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Reference list or letters of reference
  • Personal mission statement
  • Answers to relevant interview questions

Educational Items

  • Honors/Awards/Certificates
  • Articles you've written
  • Scholarships
  • Transcripts
  • Recognitions (attendance, performance)
  • Special skills and knowledge
  • Workshops
  • Degree program or course descriptions
  • Evaluations from teachers
  • Study abroad descriptions
  • Class samples (papers, projects)
  • Relevant test results
  • Research experience

Include anything that demonstrates your abilities, adds value to you as a candidate, or is going to elicit additional conversation. If you don't already have an item, create something that would highlight your accomplishment.

Obtain the following supplies:

Leather three ring binder, sheet protectors, dividers with labels, and professional paper. Or create an online portfolio, PowerPoint or video presentation, or a CD/DVD portfolio

Portfolio Tips:

  • Always consider how your portfolio will be read. Create it with the employer in mind.
  • Develop a master portfolio that will allow you to easily pick items for the portfolio you take to specific interviews. Look at the job description when deciding what to include
  • You must take the initiative to present your portfolio in an interview. However, a portfolio is a support tool, not the central part of an interview.
  • Your portfolio is a professional document; don't haphazardly put it together like a scrapbook. Create a Table of Contents and categorize sections using labels to divide them. Don't handwrite labels; type everything.
  • Don't fold or punch holes into any of your documents unless absolutely necessary.
  • Make sure items don't move around or fall out. Smaller items can be pasted to a full sheet of paper (used as a border).
  • Consider using charts, lists, logs, and descriptions to highlight your accomplishments.
  • If an item is too lengthy, include only a portion of it or write an abstract.
  • Reproduce items that aren't of the best quality.