Making your own portfolio

I know we are all on the same page of trying to get an internship or a job in the real world. After you have found the ideal position, created a resume and written a cover letter, what else can you prepare before the interview? Yes, a portfolio.

What is a better tool than a portfolio that can separate you from most of the job applicants? Employers want to see what you can realistically do for them. Building a portfolio could take a lot of work, but it definitely worth the time to get the job.

Making a portfolio is also a great help to impress your future employer during the interviewing process.

  • The best indicator for future job performance
     – Companies love a dedicated applicant who invested the time to create a portfolio that can display his/her past experiences, skills, and accomplishments.
  • More questions=more opportunities to impress
     – The interviewer will likely to probe questions based on your work (which should be carefully selected as the best examples of yours) as he/she going through the portfolio, which it creates a great opportunity for you to confidently present yourself.
  • Action speaks louder than words
    – When the interviewer asks you questions regarding your experiences or skill sets, it is best to use your portfolio to show him/her the actual work/examples that you have done in the past than having the interviewer to doubt if you are just exaggerating.

Just the thought of putting everything together can be overwhelming. Don’t worry. We are all on the same boat. So where to start?

What should we put in a portfolio?

  • The Cover
    – A cover that shows your personality and professions with graphics and your name.
  • A master resume
    – A master resume helps you to keep track on your past work experiences, skills, and accomplishments. But I would suggest it is best to create a tailored resume when it is for a job interview.
  • Best examples of your work
    – Put the most representative examples that tailored to fit what the company needs and to show you as the best applicant for the position, which include press releases, newsletters, PA scripts, campaigns, brochures, newspaper, mock press conferences, etc.
  • Representative examples to display your skill sets
    – You may put a brochure to show how well you can use Publisher, or a mock press conference to show how you can handle crisis communications.
  • Personal features
    – You may also put documentations that could best present your personal character, such as a certificate from a volunteer work, pictures of you working at past jobs, recommendation letters from past employers, or works from extra-curricular activities.

A few tips to remember….

  • Be consistent by using the same font, font size, and style.
  • Drop off the portfolio for the interviewer to preview it before the interview
  • Be creative yet remain professional. Portfolios can be in the format of a booklet, a CD, a website or anything that is best to show off your skills
  • Have people to review your portfolio and give you opinions
  • Keep updating the portfolio

Hope this helps! Do you have any great ideas to share?

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About Eki

Specialties •Publicity •International Relations •Social media campaigns and strategies •Integrated marketing communications •Branding •Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator •Vocus On-Demand software
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4 Responses to Making your own portfolio

  1. mwil89 says:

    I like this post! I really want to start putting together a portfolio, someone would make millions if there was a portfolio app for the iPad, just load all of your things on to it and bring it to your employer, they could pull up pictures, video etc virtually.

  2. This post is very useful, especially for prospective graduates. I feel like my porfolio could improve so much, and there are so many options to make it better. I carried my portfolio to all my interviews I had when I was searching for an internship. I had very few actually look at it, but I expect that to be different when it comes to interviewing for big kid jobs. Keeping your portfolio updated is one of the most important things when it comes to looking for a new job. Having your resume updated is one thing, but prospective employers want to see the work you have done, and what you can bring to their company as well.

    This was a very interesting and vital post!

  3. ryanmarler says:

    I need to put together a portfolio. I’ve got quite a bit of stuff to put in one, but I’ve just never really thought about doing it.

  4. Keri Cerda says:

    This is definitely one of the things that I need to get working on. I haven’t yet. I just don’t know what should and and shouldn’t go in it. And I don’t really have a lot to put in any way, hopefully that will change once I get an internship.

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