How to create a Work Portfolio?
Have you ever felt unprepared for a job interview? or simply felt out of place. Having a work portfolio would ease these concerns by showcasing your abilities.
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Often times when considering submitting a work portfolio many find themselves confused. What is a portfolio? What should it include? When is it appropriate to submit one? All these questions will be answered as you continue to read.
What is a work portfolio?
Work portfolio is also called a “career portfolio,” “job portfolio,” or “professional portfolio,” that consists of your best work. The portfolio can include your skills, samples, letters of recommendation, resume, and visual demonstration.
This work portfolio can be presented during interviews, to submit to prospective employers, or even share online as evidence of the work you have done.
A portfolio is more detailed than a resume because it showcases your education, abilities, and skills by providing tangible artifacts to support and showcase your talent.
Professions that would benefit from having a portfolio:
- Makeup Artists
- Graphic designer
- Software developer
- Creative director
- Marketing professionals
The list goes on. The idea is to compile proof of your work and ability within your profession that sets you aside from others. If you are a photographer, having a work portfolio or professional portfolio would allow prospective clients and companies to understand the type of photos you are more prone to take. Are you creative, inventive, and unique with your craft? A portfolio should showcase this.
It is important to organize your work samples by categories. The way you organize the portfolio is up to you. Preferably use colored paper to add visual appeal and contrast within the portfolio.
Introduce the different sections in your portfolio and why you are including it. Be mindful of your pacing, always check with the interviewer if you are going at a good pace in case you need to slow down. The portfolio can function as a presentation when going over it with a prospective employer. In closing, ask if the interviewer has any questions.
What else should you include in your portfolio:
- Career summary
- Philosophy statement
- Short biography
- Marketable skills and abilities
- Awards and honors
- Degrees, licenses, and certification. (if applicable, you can add transcript)
- Volunteering/ community service
- References/ Testimonials
Always make sure the information in the portfolio is not outdated. Continue to improve your portfolio and things you incorporate.
Remember, you got this. Show your talent and abilities. Put your best foot forward and show them who is the boss!