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1 Career Portfolio Georgia GPS Standard FS-CTAE-10 Career Development: Learners plan and manage academic-career plan and employment relationsDr. Frank B. Flanders and Katherine HudsonGeorgia CTAE Resource Network Curriculum OfficeJuly 2008
2 Essential Questions What is a career portfolio? How is a career portfolio beneficial?What should go into a career portfolio?How can a career portfolio assist in career development and employment?What do employers want to see in a candidate’s career portfolio?
3 What is a Career portfolio? Easy and visual way to display your best work and accomplishmentsEmployers and college admissions staff may use it to judge a person’s academic ability, maturity, and motivationMay help determine a person’s future employment or acceptance into a two- or four-year collegeIncludes an account and evidence of a person’s accomplishments, experiences, and activitiesShould be used throughout a person’s working careerShould be added to and updated regularly as career-relevant experiences occur and new skills are masteredThe finished product will provide others with a comprehensive profile of the person and their abilities.
4 Components of a Career Portfolio Leadership ExperienceExtracurricularActivitiesSpecial SkillsExamples of WorkFollow-up LetterCover LetterResumeReferencesAwards and AchievementsWork Experience
5 Cover LetterWay of introducing yourself to prospective employers, show interest in a position, and highligh your qualificationsA cover letter should address:Why you are interested in this position/business/collegeYour career aspirations and goalsThe skills and abilities that would make you successful in a particular career or at a particular collegeWhy this business or college should select you
7 Resume Summary of a person’s qualifications Uses short statements to inform potential interviewers about important facts about the applicantA resume should include:Who you areHow you may be contacted (mail, telephone, )Your experiences, skills, and abilities for the positionWhen creating a resume, ask yourself:What skills do I have?What should a potential interviewer know about me?What achievement(s) could I highlight to help get the interview?Should not exceed 1 page in length
9 Letters of Recommendation and References Include at least 3 letters of recommendation, one of each kind:Employment-related: A letter from a past employer evaluating your work performance.Character-related: A letter from a person who has known you for more than one year and can testify to your personal and/or academic attributesIf you have not been employed in any way you may use 3 character-related lettersWhen asking for a letter of recommendation, explain your time frame and ask each writer to complete the letter by a specific dateSome people give their resume to letter writer to help the writer draft a more detailed and personalized letterThank the writer by writing a thank-you noteThe portfolio should also include a list of at least 3 references, made up of past employers, co-workers, teachers, and close family friendsEach reference should give the person’s name, phone number, address, and address
10 Awards and Achievements Shows employers all of your accomplishmentsPossible awards and achievements could be:Making the honor rollWinning a scholarshipBeing recognized for community serviceAwarded MVP on a sports teamObtaining a certificationAn example of a particularly outstanding performanceInclude any certificates or documents that prove your achievement or receipt of award and take pictures of any medals or trophies that will not fit in your notebookFor each award, explain what it was for, why it was given to you, and what work was involved in attaining itFor each achievement, explain what your goal was, the steps you took to accomplish it, and any obstacles you encountered along the way
11 Work ExperienceShows an employer you are mature enough to handle job responsibilities and have had the opportunity to practice your skills and training in real-world situationsProves you have prepared for full-time employment and have learned to work with others in ways that are successful and rewardingCould be a summer or after-school job, an internship, helping with a family business, or a neighborhood babysitting gigCan be organized two ways. You should choose the way that best fits your work experience and your desired career:Experience related to your desired career appears firstChronological orderEach work experience entry should tell the reader:The employerYour titleDates you worked thereJob responsibilitiesDescription of day-to-day tasksAny projects you worked on, including your role on the project, the contributions you made, and how you helped reach project completionInclude evidence of your work experience, such as certificates or other documents of employer recognition, business cards from past employers, copies of performance reviews, and pictures of you on the job
12 Leadership Experience Shows you:Can use your intellect, experience, and job-relevant skills to lead and motivate othersHave been trusted enough to have been put in a leadership roleCan work well with othersCan communicate effectivelyOne of the most important factors in hiring and promotion decisionsExamples could be:Holding an officer position in a clubBeing captain of a sports teamBeing the leader of a group assignmentAny time you showed leadership skills during an activityor projectFor each leadership experience:Describe the situationWhat your responsibilities wereHow you accomplished your goalsThe skills you used or acquiredHow your leadership affected othersInclude proof, such as recognition of your leadership or relevant pictures
13 Extracurricular Activities Shows the reader:You have made a meaningful contribution to somethingWhat your non-academic interests areThat you can maintain a long-term commitmentThat you can manage your time and prioritiesWhat unique perspectives you can bring to a groupCould be a school club, volunteer activity, religious affiliation, sports team, or personal hobbyFor each organization, explain what its purpose was, what you gained by being part of it, and how you contributed to itFor each personal activity or hobby, explain how you stay active in it and what you gain or learn from itInclude pictures and other documentation of your extracurricular activities
14 Special Skills Examples of skills would be: Computer proficiencies and technical abilities: fluent in Java, proficient in Excel, certified in farm safetyOffice procedures: answering multi-lined phone systems, taking dictation, greeting clientsLinguistic capabilities: fluency in a foreign language, ability to translateGeneral skills: leadership, communication, time management, organization, reasoning, decision makingPersonal Qualities: team player, self-motivator, values oriented, self-confidentAny skill that is industry-specific for the job you’re seekingShow proof of each skill by including past work, describing a situation in which you used the skill, or including pictures. For example:If you are fluent in Java, provide a screen shot of a website you createdIf you say you have teamwork skills, describe a time when you used your skills to make a group run more efficiently or achieve a goal
15 Examples of WorkDemonstrates what you can do and how well you can do itChoose samples that display skills appropriate to your desired careerExamples should be work that you are proud of and shows care and planningInclude a picture of any samples of work that are three-dimensional or won’t fit in the notebookEach sample of work should be accompanied by a note that tells an employer:When, why, and for whom a project was completedWhat obstacles you were faced withThe processes used to overcome those obstaclesIf you were responsible for only part of the project, explain your contributionPossible examples of work could be:Research papers, book reports, essaysMath projects or science projectsExams that show achievementComputer projectsMechanical/technical drawingsPublished articlesPictures, projects, or descriptions of activities relating to:Personal interests and hobbies (photography, poetry, cooking, woodworking)Community involvement outside of school (Scouts, religious organizations, 4-H)
16 Follow-Up LetterSend a thank-you letter to the employer or admissions officer after every interviewThe letter gives you the opportunity to:Thank the person for taking time to speak with youRestate how your skills and qualifications are a good fit for the positionReinforce that you want the job and whyDescribe how you might make significant contributionsDiscuss anything important your interviewer neglected to ask or that you neglected to answer as well as you would have liked
18 Career Portfolio TipsNever put original work in your portfolio – use high quality copiesDon’t be too humble; the portfolio helps you talk about yourself and your accomplishmentsUse pictures of yourself in action shotsBe familiar with the contents of your portfolio so that you are prepared whenever you are asked about your qualifications
19 Using a Career Portfolio in an Interview Politely let the interviewer know you have brought your portfolio to the interviewThe interviewer will let you know if they want to see your portfolioNever make the interviewer feel pressured to look your portfolioDo not be offended if the interviewer chooses not to view your portfolioAllow the interviewer to view the portfolio facing them – you should be familiar enough with your portfolio that you can talk about it without needing to look at or read from itHaving a career portfolio in an interview will never hurt you, but it may give you a great advantage!
20 Other Uses for a Career Portfolio Demonstrate your abilities in a performance reviewEvidence when trying to obtain a promotionProof that you deserve a pay increaseReview of your qualifications when preparing for an interview
21 The Electronic Portfolio A personalized, career oriented websiteShows that you are technology-savvyContains the same information as ahard copy portfolioElectronic portfolios have become morepopular as technology becomes increasinglyimportantInclude the web address to your electronic portfolio on your resumeBest to start with a hard copy portfolio, but you may want to consider having both formatsThe benefit of a hard copy portfolio is that it is something tangible you can bring into an interview
22 Essential Questions What is a career portfolio? How is a career portfolio beneficial?What should go into a career portfolio?How can a career portfolio assist in career development and employment?What do employers want to see in a candidate’s career portfolio?