Career portfolios, when done correctly, can become powerful tools for job seekers. If you are interested in creating a portfolio to show to an interviewer, follow the below advice:
The master portfolio
To create the master "house" for all of your work, do the following:
- First: Invest in a really nice three-ring binder with a cover sleeve where you can insert your name and vital contact information.
- Second: Formulate a plan for the organization of materials in your portfolio, such as career summary mission and goals; you resume; samples of your work; testimonials; awards and honors; transcripts; and other career-related information.
- Third: Develop a table of contents.
- Fourth: Using dividers place your materials directly into the binder, or in plastic sleeves made for three-ring binders. Keep the originals in safe-keeping and place duplicates (or high-quality copies) in your portfolio.
The leave-behind portfolio
If you want to leave behind a portfolio of work for an interviewer when the interview wraps, you will need to assemble your "greatest hits" from your master portfolio. Select work or other information that is most relevant to the position. Package it in a simple, inexpensive folder to leave-behind.
The online portfolio
Most people these days create online portfolios to show off all of their work. An online portfolio makes leaving behind a portfolio very easy, as all you need to do is send a link to an interviewer in your thank-you note. Better yet -- have the link in your resume. There are a number of great sites for creating online portfolios; here are just a few.