not just for creative jobs anymore!
Job seekers use career portfolios to demonstrate, in a visual format, the range of their skills, accomplishments and experiences.
Though career portfolios have traditionally been used by graphic designers, copywriters, journalist, teachers and other creative professionals, job seekers in a wide range of career fields now use portfolios to augment the more traditional cover letter and resume.
What's in a career portfolio?
A portfolio can contain samples of your best work including:
- Reports, papers, studies, brochures, project descriptions, presentations, etc.
In addition, a portfolio may contain any or all of the following:
- Career summary and goals
- Research and publications
- Testimonials, letters of recommendations, copies of thank you letters received
- Details of professional development activities
- Volunteering and community service
- References list
Your career portfolio should be kept in a professional three-ring binder, with or without a zipper closure, and should include a table of contents and section dividers.
Besides print samples, you can also include CD-ROMs, videos, and other multimedia formats.
Depending on your skills and your intended career field, you may wish to create a web site with the complete contents of your portfolio.
For more on career portfolios:
- Your Job Skills Portfolio: Giving You an Edge in the Marketplace
- Getting a job can be as easy as learning how to show-and-tell: how to use a portfolio in an interview
For teaching portfolios: