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How to Create your Portfolio

How to Create your Portfolio



How to Create your Portfolio

How to Create your Portfolio
Presented to: York Region Networking Group
March 12, 2010



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    • How to Create your Portfolio Presented to: York Region Networking Group March 12, 2010
    • Agenda • Defining a portfolio • Power of a portfolio • Creating your portfolio—five steps to success! • Sample: Paulina’s portfolio • Discussion/Questions 2
    • Definition port·fo·li·o (pôrt-fl-, prt-) n. • a. A portable case for holding material, such as loose papers, photographs, or drawings. • b. The materials collected in such a case, especially when representative of a person's work. Origin • from Italian portafoglio, from portāre to carry + foglio leaf, paper, from Latin folium leaf Boston College “A well-prepared portfolio provides "evidence" to an employer of your accomplishments, skills, abilities and it documents the scope and quality of your experience and training. It is an organized collection of documentation that presents both your personal and professional achievements in a concrete way.” Portfolios for Employment By Alison Doyle, About.com Guide 3
    • Power of a portfolio • Showcases your capabilities and experience, “We think creating a portfolio complements your resume is a rare win-win interview • Immediate stamp of professionalism tool. It gives you a rare edge • Investment of time and effort speaks highly of who in interviews and lets the you are as a professional and that you are confident interviewer get a much clearer and passionate about your work idea of what you can bring to • Differentiator—helps to market yourself and the company. And it might separate you from the competition even mean that you end up interviewing for more than • Great way to refresh and give yourself a mental one position or get called boost prior to an interview back to interview in more than • Leave with hiring manager—makes for a lasting one department.” impression long after the interview is over Manifestyourpotential.com 4
    • Creating a portfolio—Five steps to success! • 1: Identify what you want to showcase • 2: Collect materials (print and online) • 3: Create your portfolio • 4: Print and burn your portfolio • 5: Make a lasting impression 5
    • Creating a portfolio—Step One • 1: Identify what you want to showcase – Sections: refer to your resume for key areas of expertise as this will identify the sections in your portfolio (tabs) – About me: mini bio, photograph – Awards – Volunteer work – Commendations (mix of peers, leadership, and partners) – Master resume – Contact information 6
    • Creating a portfolio—Step Two • 2: Collect materials (print and online) – A portfolio is a collection of the best examples of your work. No matter what kind of work you do, it showcases what you excel at. And, if you don’t have samples, you can always improvise by using photographs, charts, and/or self-created images to help depict and support your key area of expertise. Accountant/Information Technology: – a detailed list of the systems you used, sample pages of the types of reports you prepared, stats on the volume of data you routinely processed Human Resources: – Sample communications, posters, intranet postings of employee-facing programs that you helped to manage or launch e.g., survey, transition to a new benefits provider Business Development: PSDGraphics.com – List of clients or industries, sample presentations or sell sheets that you helped to create for client meetings, using charts show the percentage of business that you were responsible for/grew during your tenure or by quarter etc. 7
    • Creating a portfolio—Step Two continued… • 2: Collect materials (print and online) • Important note: please be mindful of proprietary information such as company logos, policy information, names of former co-workers that may require written approval prior to sharing your portfolio with the outside world. Nick Jennings 8
    • Creating a portfolio—Step Three • 3: Create your portfolio (electronic version) • Use a program that you are comfortable with and one that allows you to sort, copy and paste information with ease e.g., PowerPoint • Scan any hand written or paper-based material Techsmith.com • For quick reference, file and save documents to individual folders (same as sections) • To capture, compress, copy, or highlight documents or images, use a snipping tool (free with Windows 7) or snag it (free download via techsmith.com) • For section copy, use the 2-20 rule: – Section headings should be no more than four words and take 2 seconds to read – Copy should be brief, in bullet form and only take a total of 20 seconds to read. It’s purpose is to support your imagery and should be task- or action-oriented. 9
    • Creating a portfolio—Step Four • 4: Print and burn your portfolio • Select a copy and print centre e.g., Staples.ca • Visit their online store and download your portfolio (PDF) • For a small fee, add tabs to your portfolio order (allow for 2 days to print) would suggest you call to confirm order once you’ve completed it • Screen shot of Staples.ca online ordering system below • Burn your portfolio to CD and attach to the inside cover (back) • Include other samples or documents, as required • Personalize CD label, if possible 10
    • Creating a portfolio—Step Five • 5: Make a lasting impression • Before leaving the interview, ensure that you leave a copy of portfolio Actual responses received from hiring managers: • ―Wow, this is impressive.‖ • ―This is for me?! Thanks. I look Enasha.com forward to reviewing it.‖ • ―Thank you. I’ve never seen anyone do this before.‖ 11
    • How to reach me: Mobile: 289.388.7699 LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/paulinacallaghanabc Twitter: http://twitter.com/P_Callaghan Email: paulina.callaghan@sympatico.ca 12