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What is a Portfolio?

A portfolio is a compilation of materials that exemplifies your beliefs, skills, qualifications, education, training and experiences. It provides insight into your personality and work ethic.   

Choosing the most relevant experiences and putting them in an easily understood format will show an employer proof of your organizational, communication, and tangible career related skills.   

What should be included in my portfolio?   

Save everything  you create and decide later what you want to include in your portfolio. These are some of the top items to include:   

  • Statement of Originality: A paragraph stating that this is your work and that it is confidential. It should also indicate if any parts of the portfolio should not be copied.  
  • Work Philosophy: A brief description of your beliefs about yourself and the industry. 
  • Career Goals: Your professional goals for the next five years .
  • Resume:An overview of your skills and work experience. 

How to select the best work samples

Ask yourself the following questions about each sample: How will this work demonstrateyour skills, competencies, or achievement of goals?   

  • Works in Progress: List career-related projects or activities you are currently working on that would add to your list of skills and qualifications for that career field.   
  • Certifications, Diplomas, Degrees or Awards: Include copies of these documents and any documentation listing the skills attained for certification.   
  • Community Services: Briefly explain the project and include any work samples  or photographs of the experience and letters of recognition which prove your participation and/or involvement.   
  • Professional Memberships and Certifications: Include any documentation of proof. Also, include information on any conferences or meetings you have attended that have provided you with educational resources in your field of interest.  
  • References: A list of three to five people who can verify your professional qualifications. Recommendations of professional references include faculty members, internship supervisors, employment supervisors and supervisors of other activities such as community service projects.   

How should I present my professional portfolio?

Depending on your field of interest and samples, you may choose to build a digital portfolio on a website, or physical copy such as a 3-ring binder. If presenting a physical portfolio, be sure to use high quality paper and bring extra copies for an interview committee.