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#6. PORTFOLIOS / e portfolios
Transcript of #6. PORTFOLIOS / e portfolios
A portfolio of your career is indispensible during an interview.
As you toot your own horm about the great ad campaign you
designed or the great article you wrote for the local paper, your words have moreweight if you can produce samples.
A portfolio is the evidence that backs up your resume
and showcase your skills.
Make a habit of keeping clips and samples of all the materials you produce within your job.
Create a folder within your computer and in your file cabinet for that purpose
Get letters of reccommendation or endorsement from clients, colleagues, etcetera
Practice presenting your portfolio before any interviews.
Bring enough samples to make your point but don't
overwhelm the interviewer by bringing out everything
you have ever done.
Bring out samples as ther discussion invites.
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For published Portfolio books :
....showcase your work
...clarity & focus
direct & to the point...
clean, simple design?
Seth Godin IS rearkable...
How to Build A Portfolio
Internet eportfolio options:
free and useable without downloading...
It’s a collection of your
work that can be used
to plan your career,
apply for a job or to college
or to document what
What is a Portfolio?
What goes in a Portfolio?
PLUS your Career Information!
Typical Work Samples:
Career Development Package:
Individual Career Plan
Letter of Introduction / Application
Can easily update and modify portfolio entries
Hard copies can be downloaded and
used upon demand
Easy, dynamic display of many types
The Electronic Portfolio
Process of Creating an Electronic Portfolio
HOW TO GET STARTED
Define the purpose of the portfolio
- (Learning,,? Showcase? Assessment?
- What is the portfolio supposed to demonstrate?
Collect digital documents (artefacts) (or convert documents into digital format through digital cameras or scanners or digital audio/video tools)
Select specific documents to meet the goals identified above.
1. Brevity is best –
As in a great resume’, you want to provide clear, direct information about yourself, your work and your achievements.
Providing snippets or brief introductions to your work that lead to or link to full descriptions and examples are best.
2. Organization is everything –
Make sure your eportfolio is easy to navigate and browse with the most important information available I the fewest clicks possible.
You don’t want to miss the opportunity to impress someone if your best work is buried in too much information.
3. Make it searchable
Use Keywords throughout your eportfolio so that when employers are searching for potential hires they will more readily find your eportfolio.
Linking to related Web sites, resources and professional organizations will increase their searchability of your eportfolio.
Remember to include the Web address of your eportfolio on your resume and in the footer of any emails you send related to your job search
Authoring an electronic portfolio
1. Create a first page as an introduction and table of contents
2. Set up a structure around the goals/themes identified in purpose statement – one page for each goal/theme with links to first page.
3. Upload artefacts to page or create hyperlinks to documents online.
4. Write reflections abut how the artefacts demonstrate achievement of goals.
5. Publish portfolio online (or on CD/DVD)
4. Express Yourself
ePortfolios should be uniquely you,
so make sure you have some level of customization in how your work is presented.
Keep it simple and consistent with readable fonts and files that are not too big to download to view .
5. Keep it Professional
Unlike other online profiles like Facebook and MySpace it’s particularly important that any writing and files (like images, movies, PDF’s, etc.) in your eportfolio are -
Free of any grammatical errors
Of the highest quality
Reflect your most positive aspects you want to share with potential employers.
Here are some things to think about as you design your portfolio:
• What professional image do I want to portray in this portfolio?
• How can I best communicate this image through the type of media I choose (software, CD-ROM, web-based, paper)?
• What information and examples best communicate my skills and experience that are relevant to the postion I am seeking?
• What materials should I include in my portfolio?
What are my most impressive work samples?
• How can I best display the materials I have chosen?
• Knowing that no one will read my materials in depth, how can I provide short explanations and graphical representations that help convey the image and information I intend?
• What kinds of elements could I use to unify the material in my portfolio?
Choose one element and use it throughout your portfolio. This element could be a slogan, a simple iconic graphic, a repeated use of one color, or a metaphor (like a journey, periodic
table, or menu) to unify your explanation and
Make your unifying element relevant to the image you intend to communicate and the requirements of the position for which you are applying.