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?
Building Your Portfolio
Building Your Portfolio<br />STC Atlanta Employment Workshop | January 23, 2010<br />
A little about me…<br />Technical communicator since 2002<br />2009/2010 Second VP for STC Atlanta<br />Loves scrapbooking, travelling, and reading<br />
Why do you need a portfolio?<br />Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/devoinregress/3505849421/<br />
Only your BEST work!<br />Yes!<br />Uh, no.<br />Good cake: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9329630@N03/4102372852/<br />Bad cake: http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/2009/07/love-is-in-air.html<br />
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 />
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 />
My presented portfolio<br />Created in Evernote (www.evernote.com)<br />Is meant to be presented in person<br />Can access from anywhere with Internet connection<br />Requires no coding<br />
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 />
Online portfolios made easy<br />http://www.carbonmade.com/<br />