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Your career portfolio

A career portfolio can give you the edge in an interview--the edge that gets you the job you want.

The career performance portfolio system : build your ladder to career success
Rick Nelles.
Edina, Minn. : Beaver's Pond Press, 2005.
This book is founded on Rick Nelles's award-winning book, Proof of Performance. Joyce Lain Kennedy, a leading national career columnist, named it Book of the Year for Job Interviewing in 2000. This new and expanded edition goes far beyond the interview process. It includes the Job Match Summary, an amazing tool that helps candidates smoothly land the job offers they want, as well as a full battery of leading-edge career planning tools to help anyone take control of their career. Book jacket.
     
The career portfolio workbook : using the newest tool in your job-hunting arsenal to impress employers and land a great job
Frank Satterthwaite, Gary D'Orsi.
New York : McGraw-Hill, c2003.
Innovative ideas for creating a skill-based career portfolio For job seekers looking to provide tangible, easily accessible proof of their skills and accomplishments, a portfolio of careerrelated documents is fast becoming the essential tool. The Career Portfolio Workbook shows readers how to compile and organize a career portfolioshy;shy;one that is easy to review and quickly adaptable to specific interviews and circumstances. The Career Portfolio Workbook provides job seekers of any profession or experience level with a powerful new weaponshy;shy;the confidence and the material to promote themselves and their work to others. Its step-by-step process explains how to: Create a career portfolio of personal skillsshy;shy;why, how, and what to include Target a career portfolio to specific needsshy;shy;a job interview, a performance review, or a career transition Prepare materials, based on more than 50 sample documentsshy;shy;and five complete portfolio samples
     

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.

Always ready

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