The Portfolio

 

Your portfolio will be a collection of documents which demonstrate knowledge and experiences, and present a unique opportunity to exhibit your abilities, knowledge and skills you have in order to obtain a JOB INTERVIEW.  This is a tool for the future.  It is a dynamic document that changes with your life and career achievements.

I had the opportunity to visit an Executive Job Fair when I was the executive director of California SkillsUSA.  During that event many perspective executives were running around passing out their resumes to each of the companies represented.  One young man stood out above all other executive candidates, he had a portfolio.  I watch in amazement as these HR executive recruiters chased this person around the event trying to coax him back to their booth.  Ever since that time I am a firm believer that a well constructed portfolio will land an interview over just a great resume.  

Portfolios are used to demonstrate your skills and abilities, “show-off” your best work as well as demonstrate your commitment to lifelong learning.  Industrial designers, models, public relations representatives, writers, actors, even nurses and scientists use portfolios.  

Before you start working on your portfolio, I would advise that you complete the Career Organizer.  The Career Organizer allows you to find the information that would be needed to complete different parts of the portfolio.  Also, the Career Organizer is an excellent tool to have with you when filling out job applications.  Click on the link below to print out a Career Organizer.

CLICK HERE to view and print a Career Organizer.   

Your complete Portfolio contains 6 main sections:

1.                    Cover Page
2.                    Table of Contents
3.                    Letter of Introduction
4.                    Resume
5.                    Letter(s) of Recommendation
6.                    Portfolio Assembly

Click on the link above to find out how to construct the item.  Please read and follow instructions.  There are samples and worksheets available to assist you in doing your best effort.

A WORD ABOUT FONTS

Use no less than a 12-point "Professional" font.  A professional font is clear and easy to read.  Examples for such fonts include Arial, Courier and Times New Roman.  Clutter fonts, such as ALGERIAN, Old English and Script are examples of unacceptable fonts.