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Building Your Portfolio
Building Your Portfolio
Building Your Portfolio
Building Your Portfolio
Building Your Portfolio
Building Your Portfolio
Building Your Portfolio
Building Your Portfolio
Building Your Portfolio
Building Your Portfolio
Building Your Portfolio
Building Your Portfolio
Building Your Portfolio
Building Your Portfolio
Building Your Portfolio
Building Your Portfolio
Building Your Portfolio
Building Your Portfolio
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Building Your Portfolio

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Tips and tricks on how to build a portfolio of technical communication samples.

Tips and tricks on how to build a portfolio of technical communication samples.

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  • Ask the crowd: Why do you think you need a portfolio? What’s the value in it?Complements your resumeShows your process and how you think about projectsProves you can (and have done) the work
  • Ask the crowd what they think…
  • Good cake: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9329630@N03/4102372852/Bad cake: http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/2009/07/love-is-in-air.htmlBut showing the end result of your work is not enough. You have to show how you got there.
  • Here’s a simple example of a layout that will help you tell the “how.” This could work for an online or printed portfolio. Which brings us too…
  • Be ready to hand it over without your commentary or to present it yourself.I chose not to have a printed portfolio, because I do very little print work.Some examples of my portfolios…
  • Show my portfolio (Evernote) – currency job aid.
  • It’s just a blog with posts marked with a category. (Show the website.) But in a way, the whole site is my portfolio.
  • If you want an online portfolio, there are services to help you build one.Carbonmade - http://www.carbonmade.com/You could also use blogging services, Wordpress themes.
  • Or no work to show?
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    • 1. Building Your Portfolio
      STC Atlanta Employment Workshop | January 23, 2010
    • 2. A little about me…
      Technical communicator since 2002
      2009/2010 Second VP for STC Atlanta
      Loves scrapbooking, travelling, and reading
    • 3. Why do you need a portfolio?
      Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/devoinregress/3505849421/
    • 4. What goes in a portfolio?
    • 5. Only your BEST work!
      Yes!
      Uh, no.
      Good cake: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9329630@N03/4102372852/
      Bad cake: http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/2009/07/love-is-in-air.html
    • 6. Tell “how” not “what”
      What was the problem?
      How did you solve it?
      What was your role in the project?
      What tools did you use?
      What did you learn?
      Where did you fail/succeed?
    • 7. A simple page layout
    • 8. How do you present a portfolio?
    • 9. Presenting your portfolio
      Can it speak for itself?
      Website
      Blog
      CD
      Paper
      Be ready to talk about it.
      Match the format to the work.
    • 10. My presented portfolio
      Created in Evernote (www.evernote.com)
      Is meant to be presented in person
      Can access from anywhere with Internet connection
      Requires no coding
    • 11. My website
      Good for personal projects
      Book reviews
      Articles
      Anything you write, read, or think about that’s related to your field
      Uses Wordpress with a “portfolio” category
    • 12. Online portfolios made easy
      http://www.carbonmade.com/
    • 13. But what if I have no experience?
    • 14. But what if I have no experience?
      Borrow from your personal life:
      Presentations (like this one!)
      Hobbies
      Community work
      Show off school projects
    • 15. Personal websites
      Writing
      Layout
      Content strategy
      Information architecture
      Wordpress
      Design
    • 16. School projects
    • 17. Hobbies: Scrapbooks are like help systems…
      Brainstorming
      Content strategy
      Page layout
      Organization
      Writing
      Design
      Scrapbook image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/obd-design/2374177769/
    • 18. Remember…
      Tell “how” not “what”
      Only include your best work
      Pick a format that works for you
      Don’t be afraid to show personal work
    • 19. Questions?
      Email: rachelhpeters@gmail.com
      Twitter: @rachelhpeters
      Web: http://www.rachelhpeters.com

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