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Creating a Professional Portfolio. What is a Portfolio? a showcase for your achievements & talents which can be used to show samples of your work certificates,

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1 Creating a Professional Portfolio

2 What is a Portfolio? a showcase for your achievements & talents which can be used to show samples of your work certificates, diplomas, awards, letters of commendation, and so forth.

3 Critical Elements purposeful connected justified personal collection of samples over time to produce a picture of learning that tells a story of the learner as a developing, independent, self- motivated lifelong learner

4 Why a Portfolio expand on your resume in a more comprehensive manner tangible proof of your skills & abilities organized in one place, protected ready when needed help you stand out from the crowd reminder of things you want highlighted more creative than resume & cover letter master portfolio allows choice for others

5 Process collection: purposeful selection: criteria, what, amount, timing reflection: teach it, criteria, prompts, introduction, environment projection: reviewing, patterns, future goals

6 Four Dimensions Goal Setting: positive, realistic, action plan, short- and long-term Growth & Achievement: improvement in and development of concepts & skills, progress toward goals Reflection/Self-Assessment: various types demonstrated, appropriate judgments made re items [what it shows; why important], alignment of beliefs & performance

7 Four Dimensions Items of Work [Evidence]: explain connection to purpose & dimensions; complete, all there; explain how they support the 3 main dimensions of Goal-Setting, Growth & Achievement, and Reflection/Self-Assessment

8 Set-Up: Sophisticated Scrapbook three ring binder cover index exhibits [evidence] plastic sheet protectors

9 Possible Inclusions career goals or career mission statement copy of your resume list of skill sets or competencies letters of recommendations/reference transcripts summary of community/volunteer service academic awards educational certificates, diplomas, degrees copies of positive performance appraisals

10 Possible Inclusions s, thank-you letters, notes complimenting you on a job well done company announcements, promotions, awards, achievements documents you may have designed: brochures, flyers, pamphlets, report covers, reports pamphlets describing presentations you have given

11 Possible Inclusions video or photos of projects, work, creations, etc. publications you have authored reports/articles you have written professional memberships or associations committee work evaluations of a workshop you gave

12 Getting Started Schedule a half-day to get started Collect everything you want to put in the portfolio Get enlargement, color-copying, scanning, photographs, reproductions done

13 Supplies Needed good-quality large 3-ring binder for your master portfolio small binders for specific portfolios dull-finished sheet protectors labels good quality dividers sheets to display photos, videos, computer diskettes, CD-ROMs

14 Supplies good quality professional-looking paper for copies of documents

15 Tasks Lay out supplies & materials Put documents into plastic sleeves Group related items together Prepare & insert tab dividers Put everything in the binder Have others review it for suggestions No personal items [divorce certificates]

16 Remember All items in your portfolio should be clear demonstrations of your work-related skills and achievements. Ensure you have permission to use copyrighted material. It is a work-in-progress. Continually update it Never leave your master portfolio with anyone. It is yours. It represents you!


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