A good resume will provide you access to an interview and strong verbal communication skills will enhance your opportunities to obtain an offer of employment. Insert a well-constructed portfolio in the process and you will now have a competitive edge that sets you apart from the other applicant and will dramatically improve your chances of being hired for the job. – it is like the sizzle to the steak…
A resume proves nothing It only makes claimsA strong persuasive presentation tool that will help you validate your job performances and resume claimsAllows you to elaborate & include additional information about yourself that is relevant to the job for which you are applying“I have excellent communication skills.“ VS a portfolio including the guest column you wrote for the student newspaper, or the brochure you designed for your student organizatione & include additional information
Puts the focus on an object so that you don't have to draw all of the information you want to communicate out of yourself, in a situation where you're likely to be tense in the first place
You CAN judge a book by it’s cover – and yours will be judged… overall look and layout of your portfolio will be noticedTo begin…Decide what you want it to look like & what you will includeShould be attractive, well organized & relevant to the job you are seekingIt will serve as a reflection of who you are and highlight your skills & accomplishments
What do you want your portfolio to say about you??? This is a reflection of YOU!
Binder of some sort – loose leaf or 3 ringCover Sheet – interesting background or graphicsName, appropriate Photo Sheet protectors – plastic sleeves, don’t 3 hole punch thingsCopies – not originalsTabs or Dividers – to divide each sectionManageable size – keep it to a manageable size – also depends on the fieldNo page numbers – easier to add, remove or relocate itemsConsistent – font, style, headings, etc.Summary Statements – for each example – so they know what they are looking at and why it is important
The outstanding papers you've written for various courses will highlight your written communication skills, as well as your organizational and analytical abilities. The thank-you note you got from the manager at your summer job will help demonstrate your willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty in your work. The posters you whipped up on short notice for your student group's recruitment drive will give prospective employers a sense of your design abilities, computer skills and ability to meet tight deadlines. The photos you have of yourself volunteering to help build a Habitat for Humanity house over spring break will demonstrate your real commitment to worthy causes and serving other people.Portfolio possibilities are limited only by your imagination and willingness to invest extra hours in a tool few other candidates will have.
Stand Out in the Crowd with a Portfolio
• Steak on the grill – Looks good – Smells good• Add the “Sizzle” and the package is complete!• It’s irresistible!• Sizzle means results• Toot your own horn
• Show & Tell Resume – Sophisticated Scrapbook• Collection of classroom, work, internship or volunteer materials• Resource to present yourself more effectively – beyond your mere words
• A resume proves nothing – It only makes claims• Tool -- helps you validate your claims• Allows you to elaborate & include additional information• "I have excellent communication skills.“ VS having a portfolio including the guest column you wrote for the student newspaper, or the brochure you designed for your student organization
• Study done at the University of Texas found that people remember (Metcalf 1997): 10 percent of what they read 20 percent of what they hear 30 percent of what they see 50 percent of what they see and hear
“Something is happening. We are becoming a visually mediated society. For many, understanding of the world is being accomplished, not through words, but by reading images.”Paul Martin Lester, “Syntactic Theory of Visual Communication”
• During each interview – Show your portfolio to the interviewer – Back up what youre saying about your education, skills and experience• It will relieve some of your nervousness – Puts the focus on an object• Because it is visible it is easier to remember than a “Yes, I can do that” statement
• I cant guarantee that a portfolio will get you a job or that every employer will want to see your portfolio but I can say with confidence that collecting samples and crafting a portfolio showcasing your accomplishments will increase your power to communicate your worth to employers, customers or clients.
• Bit overwhelmed• Impressed – time & short notice• Consistent with interview presentation• Provided more than resume ever could have• Proved work ability – samples• Looked for what matched the job
• Portfolio possibilities are limited only by – Your imagination – Your willingness to invest extra hours
• You CAN judge a book by it’s cover• Decide what you want it to look like & what you will include• Should be attractive, well organized & relevant• Serves as a reflection of YOU!
• Binder of some sort• Cover Sheet – Name, Photo• Sheet protectors• Copies• Tabs or Dividers• Manageable size• No page numbers• Consistent• Summary Statements
• Table of Contents• Resume• Letters• Education• Work Experience• Work Samples• Awards & Honors
• Great to have in case you or the interviewer forgets to bring one• Can easily refer back to sections of relevance during the interview
• Transcripts• Degree• Honors• Special awards• Can be a larger section if you are academically inclined
• Research papers • Writing samples• Lab work • Presentations• Charts/graphs • Flyers• Proposals • Websites
• Those that continue to be relevant over time• Can include letters• Performance appraisals/reviews (if positive)• Congratulatory emails• Notes from peers or superiors commending you on your work
• Outstanding papers• Thank-you notes• Posters you whipped up on short notice• Photos you have of yourself volunteering or in other professional settings• Agendas of meetings or workshops you designed and/or delivered• Certificates of attendance – seminars/workshops• Professional licenses/certificates
• Microsoft Office Templates – Award certificates, Flyers, Brochures – Hiring and Recruiting Section, Resume Collection