Portfolios: Getting Started

Why use a portfolio?

  • To showcase and provide evidence of your abilities in an interview - make yourself stand out from other applicants.
  • To provide a visual tool to help an interviewer remember you. If an interviewer asks "Why should I hire you?" or "What are your strengths?" you can say, "Let me show you."

Portfolio tips:

  • Start collecting material for your portfolio NOW.
  • Gather and organize all of your materials, then select representative materials of your best work.
  • Look at other portfolios for ideas.
  • Do not wait and construct it all at one time.
  • Do it in steps; work on one section at a time.
  • Make an outline of your material.
  • Layout the portfolio in a sensible order - by order of importance, chronological order or theme areas.
  • Keep your portfolio accessible and manageable at all times.
  • Store it in a safe place (away from heat, direct sunlight, etc.).
  • Update it regularly with the most current material.

Contact Kathy to help you tailor your portfolio for a particular field.