A portfolio is a collection of items that highlight your career history and valuable, relevant skills which are not presented on your resume. A portfolio will also indicate to interviewers that you take very seriously their companies and your career. Although an interviewer may never even see your portfolio, having a compilation of past accomplishments and abilities may actually help you realize where your greatest strengths lie and what assets you should focus on in an interview.

A portfolio can include, but is not limited to:

  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • Career mission statement
  • Reference letters
  • Academic transcripts
  • Work samples (i.e., class papers, internship or co-op projects)
  • Examples of community service projects
  • Evidence of specific skills (i.e., writing, leadership, critical thinking)

Portfolio Structure

A professional three-ring binder should be used, and all papers should be placed in sheet protectors. The portfolio should be between 5-10 pages long, and the various parts of the portfolio should be separated by index tabs or title pages. It may be beneficial to have a master portfolio to keep a wide range of documents from which to choose to suit specific jobs.

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