Career portfolios will allow you to present tangible items that display your capabilities and qualifications. Your portfolio will also give proof to employers that you are who you say you are and that you have, in fact, done the things you say you have done. Because building a career portfolio is a process, it will allow you to evaluate your personal and professional experiences as well as your future professional goals. You will discover your strengths and weaknesses, as well as a new found confidence and be more prepared for interviews, which will ultimately land you a job!
A working portfolio is a collection of all of your work. These items are organized by hanging folders within a file box and kept at home.
An interview portfolio is a three ring binder encompassing only the items pertinent to the job you are applying for. Just as resumes should be tailored to each position you apply for, so too should your portfolio. Customizing your portfolio will show a potential employer that you understand and possess the qualities needed to get the job done. Place three to four samples, in each skill area you select to promote, in your portfolio. Using your interview portfolio in an interview will present a visual picture of your qualifications and will help an employer remember who you are.
Gather all possible items that demonstrate your abilities, achievements, assets, creativity, personality, etc. Organize these items in your working portfolio. If these items become relevant to an interview, you will pull them from your working portfolio and place them into your interview portfolio.