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1 How to Create a Jobseeker’s Portfolio Internship & Career Services Program North Carolina Wesleyan College

2 What is a Portfolio? port·fo·li·o n. –A portable case for holding material, such as loose papers, photographs, or drawings. –The materials collected in such a case, especially when representative of a person's work: a photographer's portfolio; an artist's portfolio of drawings. www.dictionary.com

3 Why create a portfolio? It will make you stand out from other candidates at a job fair or interview. It will make you stand out from other candidates at a job fair or interview. A portfolio will give you something to speak from rather than solely from memory. This gives you more confidence! A portfolio will give you something to speak from rather than solely from memory. This gives you more confidence! Helps you make sense of the skills you have. Helps you make sense of the skills you have.

4 What are the components? High quality samples of your BEST work High quality samples of your BEST work Summary/explanation of each piece Summary/explanation of each piece Letters of recommendation Letters of recommendation Organized categories Organized categories A professional case/notebook/folder A professional case/notebook/folder An introduction An introduction Table of contents Table of contents Resume on high-quality paper Resume on high-quality paper

5 How do I select what to include? Dependent upon the type of field you are going into (similar to resume creation). Dependent upon the type of field you are going into (similar to resume creation). –Ex. ) If you are interested in going into sales then what types of skills might be of interest to those employers? This should guide what you include! You may choose to change out your items as you interview for different types of jobs just as you would tailor your resume for varying jobs. You may choose to change out your items as you interview for different types of jobs just as you would tailor your resume for varying jobs.

6 Where can I find items? Academic work Academic work –May need to review transcript to refresh your memory Employment Employment Internships Internships Volunteer work Volunteer work Extracurricular activities Extracurricular activities New items created solely for the portfolio New items created solely for the portfolio

7 Formats of Materials Print text Print text Graphics Graphics Posters Posters Brochures Brochures Fliers Fliers Audio/Video Tapes/CDs Audio/Video Tapes/CDs Flyers Flyers 3-D Models 3-D Models Photographs Photographs

8 Types of Materials Scripts Scripts News stories News stories Research papers Research papers Fiction Fiction Surveys Surveys Speeches Speeches Group project descriptions/ presentations Group project descriptions/ presentations –Be sure to indicate your level of involvement * Verify that all items from previous employers are allowed to be shared. Video or audio demo reels Video or audio demo reels PowerPoint presentations PowerPoint presentations Spread sheets Spread sheets Others? Others?

9 What do you have? Take a few moments to brainstorm a list of items you could include. Take a few moments to brainstorm a list of items you could include. Share with us! Share with us!

10 How long should it be? Approximately 10 items Approximately 10 items –You may have 20 or more in your comprehensive portfolio but try pull out 10 of the most relevant items each time you use the portfolio. Too many items will dilute the strength of each individual item. Too many items will dilute the strength of each individual item. Employers are more likely to review your portfolio if it is succinct and well organized. If you include too many items it will be overwhelming and likely put aside. Employers are more likely to review your portfolio if it is succinct and well organized. If you include too many items it will be overwhelming and likely put aside.

11 How much time will it take? Dependent upon commitment level Dependent upon commitment level Plan for a couple of hours of work per day for about 2 weeks Plan for a couple of hours of work per day for about 2 weeks You get out what you put in! You get out what you put in!

12 How much will it cost? Doesn’t have to be expensive, but it can be Doesn’t have to be expensive, but it can be Scanning, printing, copying can add up if you have to use Kinkos so try to use school or friends equipment Scanning, printing, copying can add up if you have to use Kinkos so try to use school or friends equipment Shop around Shop around

13 How do I use it? Leave it with the employer Leave it with the employer –Be sure to tell them when you will pick it up. Give them a couple of days. –Don’t forget to go back! You will have quite the investment (time and $) so you don’t want to misplace it. This will also give you a 2 nd chance to get in front of the employer. Refer to items as relevant questions are asked in interviews. BEST OPTION! Refer to items as relevant questions are asked in interviews. BEST OPTION!

14 Other Considerations Aesthetic appeal Aesthetic appeal Variety of items Variety of items Consistent organization with easily identifiable sections Consistent organization with easily identifiable sections Sensible storage system Sensible storage system Sheet protectors or lamination Sheet protectors or lamination Continue to update Continue to update Save a couple electronic files of everything Save a couple electronic files of everything Have a qualified individual review your final product to gain feedback and correct typos Have a qualified individual review your final product to gain feedback and correct typos

15 High-Tech Options Consider compiling the many separate documents/images/files into a.pdf file that could be emailed to prospective employers. Consider compiling the many separate documents/images/files into a.pdf file that could be emailed to prospective employers.

16 More Advice and/or Critique? Internship & Career Services Program Internship & Career Services Program –Jessie Warren –Student Support Center - PC 188 –985-5106 –jwarren@ncwc.edu jwarren@ncwc.edu


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