Career & Design Portfolios
Career or job search portfolios help convey your story by providing a visual representation of your skills, experiences, and accomplishments. Job seekers from a variety of professional backgrounds can benefit from using a portfolio to showcase their work to potential employers. For instance, students or alumni in art, design, architecture, fashion, communication, business, engineering, or sales.
A portfolio is a cohesive collection of artifacts (i.e. documents, images, or videos) that:
Relates specifically to your target industry and position
Provides tangible examples of your relevant skills and experiences from work, education, community service, extracurriculars, or travel
Can include your career goals, resume, awards and achievements, work samples, course projects, certificates, and/or reference letters
Starts interesting conversations, demonstrates or proves your skills to an employer during an interview, and allows you to stand out
Complements your resume, cover letter, and interview responses (i.e. it does not replace these other components of your job search, but acts as another useful tool)
By creating and using a print or online portfolio, you can proactively show an employer that you have the skill set that he/she is looking for.