Building Your Portfolio


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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: cake: 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 - could also use blogging services, Wordpress themes.
  • Or no work to show?
  • Building Your Portfolio

    1. 1. Building Your Portfolio<br />STC Atlanta Employment Workshop | January 23, 2010<br />
    2. 2. A little about me…<br />Technical communicator since 2002<br />2009/2010 Second VP for STC Atlanta<br />Loves scrapbooking, travelling, and reading<br />
    3. 3. Why do you need a portfolio?<br />Image source:<br />
    4. 4. What goes in a portfolio?<br />
    5. 5. Only your BEST work!<br />Yes!<br />Uh, no.<br />Good cake:<br />Bad cake:<br />
    6. 6. Tell “how” not “what”<br />What was the problem?<br />How did you solve it?<br />What was your role in the project?<br />What tools did you use?<br />What did you learn?<br />Where did you fail/succeed?<br />
    7. 7. A simple page layout<br />
    8. 8. How do you present a portfolio?<br />
    9. 9. Presenting your portfolio<br />Can it speak for itself?<br />Website<br />Blog<br />CD<br />Paper<br />Be ready to talk about it.<br />Match the format to the work.<br />
    10. 10. My presented portfolio<br />Created in Evernote (<br />Is meant to be presented in person<br />Can access from anywhere with Internet connection<br />Requires no coding<br />
    11. 11. My website<br />Good for personal projects<br />Book reviews<br />Articles<br />Anything you write, read, or think about that’s related to your field<br />Uses Wordpress with a “portfolio” category<br />
    12. 12. Online portfolios made easy<br /><br />
    13. 13. But what if I have no experience?<br />
    14. 14. But what if I have no experience?<br />Borrow from your personal life:<br />Presentations (like this one!)<br />Hobbies<br />Community work<br />Show off school projects<br />
    15. 15. Personal websites<br />Writing<br />Layout<br />Content strategy<br />Information architecture<br />Wordpress<br />Design<br />
    16. 16. School projects<br />
    17. 17. Hobbies: Scrapbooks are like help systems…<br />Brainstorming<br />Content strategy<br />Page layout<br />Organization<br />Writing<br />Design<br />Scrapbook image:<br />
    18. 18. Remember…<br />Tell “how” not “what”<br />Only include your best work<br />Pick a format that works for you<br />Don’t be afraid to show personal work<br />
    19. 19. Questions?<br />Email:<br />Twitter: @rachelhpeters<br />Web:<br />