A portfolio, or a career portfolio as it's sometimes called, is a collection of materials or documents which are representative of your career activities. It proves you have the skills and abilities mentioned in your resume. Your portfolio should be a collection of some of your finest work, which will create a positive impression about yourself to a potential employer or recruiter. Having a portfolio is the best proof you can give an interviewer about your talents. Different careers require different portfolios. In this article we will attempt to give you a general idea of what you should include in your portfolio.
- A copy of your master resume Make sure your resume is complete, informative and up to date.
- Samples of your work Include samples of finished products you've produced. It's also beneficial to include copies of awards you may have received, as well as newsletters, press releases or testimonials about yourself or your work.
- A List of your accomplishments Highlight any special things you've done in other jobs that are outside the realm of normal job responsibilities. This list may include such things as how the company saved money due to your initiatives, how often you stayed late in the office or worked the weekend without extra pay, or how you helped avoid internal problems in the company.
- A List of your talents Show how the new company can benefit by hiring you. Companies like to hire people they can rely on when different situations arise. Stress any talents that you have, such as problem solving or the ability to analyze difficult situations. You may want to include life experiences that can be of value to the company.