A portfolio is a visual representation of your talents, skills, knowledge, qualities - and it represents both your growth and your potential. It is a collection of tangible materials that represent work-related events in your life organized in a notebook or in an on-line format. The portfolio provides evidence of your abilities by showing actual examples of your work.
Your portfolio is an excellent way to market your qualifications to a number of audiences: internship sites, potential employers, and graduate or professional schools. Your portfolio can also be used by you during an interview to demonstrate your experience, skills, or accomplishments. Additionally, it is wise to maintain a portfolio throughout your career to record achievements, evaluations, and letters of commendation.
Electronic portfolios are typically designed as web pages and are posted to an internet location or burned onto a CD-ROM. If you create a portfolio via either OptimalResume or Blackboard you will be able to include the url of that portfolio on any resumes you send so that interested recipients can go on-line to see your abilities. This type of portfolio can stand alone or be used to supplement a notebook version of your portfolio. *An electronic portfolio also gives employers the opportunity to receive information about you beyond what is on your resume either before or after an interview. If you are interested in creating an on-line portfolio via Blackboard, please continue reading, but then click here.
If you would like to create your portfolio using OptimalResume, please continue reading, but then click here.
(see below for in detailed instructions) 1. Collect relevant documents 2. Sort documents 3. Filter information by reflecting on and evaluating the selections you are considering. 4. Physically construct the portfolio in a notebook, folder or on-line.
Notebook format: http://amby.com/kimeldorf/Elaine's_portfolio.pdf
At the end of each semester, collect and file evidence (within OptimalResume or the Content system of Blackboard if an on-line portfolio is desired) of all your activities, work, assignments, internships, accomplishments, special training and workshops.
What you choose to include in your portfolio depends on who will be seeing the portfolio. Just as you may have several resumes depending on your varied career goals, you may have several versions of your portfolio. If you are planning to teach, then items relating to your student teaching experience will be essential. If you are interested in a PR position, samples of news releases and other items you have written should be a part of your portfolio. Any documents you select because they prove certain skills should also include a paragraph justifying your selection.
All new college grads should include some of what follows, and feel free to add other items that are relevant:
Community/Club Activity Documents
Career Development's Blackboard version: See a way to organize your eportfolio to more clearly show growth over time.
A good size portfolio for interviewing would be 15-25 pages; otherwise you risk overwhelming the reader. An easy way to filter your portfolio down is to use the job description. If the job asks for teamwork, public speaking, computer and communication skills, only include items that prove you have these skills.
You will need:
CONSTRUCT THE on-line VERSION OF THE PORTFOLIO
The best time to present your portfolio is during an interview.