Portfolios are a compilation of a person’s best work and ideas and become an important part of the interviewing process. Portfolios show employers how you are developing professionally and give you an opportunity to show the kind of skills that you can bring to the job.
What to include
- Collect samples. Sources may include: class projects, internships, volunteer or freelance work or any professional career related work that you have completed.
- Limit your samples to show the best. Quality is important and employers would rather see a few quality pieces rather than several poor quality pieces. Approximately 15-20 pieces will provide a nice collection to show to a potential employer. Rough drafts and sketch books should be included.
- Your portfolio should change for every position you apply for. Customize your portfolio around the position. Pieces should reflect the employer needs.
What to Avoid
- Do not use sample work from high school or any showing grades.
- Stay away from pieces that are controversial.
- Written samples should be proof read and blank pages eliminated.
- Have someone proofread your portfolio before sending it to a potential employer – professionals in the field, faculty members and advanced students can produce worthwhile feedback.
- Present material that you are proud of and confidence will show too.
- Include on your resume that you have a portfolio available.
- Portfolios are a marketing piece so even after you land your job make sure you keep it up to date.