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A career portfolio can give you the edge in an interview--the edge that gets you the job you want.
Your portfolio provides an opportunity to showcase your educational and professional achievements, interests, and skills. It demonstrates your commitment to professional growth.
Get started today assembling your portfolio. Gather flyers, designs, or drawings from projects you completed. If you do not have something with your name on it, use a brochure from a previous employer and add an explanation detailing your contributions. Copies of awards, degrees, and recommendations are valuable additions.
Once you get the job, don't stop adding to your portfolio. If you decide to change jobs in a few years, you will have your portfolio ready.
How much goes into your portfolio? More is not necessarily better. Instead focus on quality, impressing future employers with the caliber of your work. Two powerful pieces are more effective than several pieces of lesser quality. And if you are interviewing with multiple employers, consider customizing the portfolio's contents for each interview.
Whether your portfolio is simple or elegant, be sure it looks professional. Make it easy for the person looking through the portfolio to learn more about you and to understand why you chose to include the samples you did. Include a short introduction about yourself, table of contents, title on each page, and explanations about pictures or items.
A successful portfolio is more than a collection of items. It conveys the message to future employers that, based on proven accomplishments and talents, you are the best person for the job.
Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff