In Latin, the word portfolio literally means "to carry artifacts." These artifacts will
include documents that can speak for you academically, professionally, and personally.
For creative types- graphic designers, artists– portfolios are second nature.
But they can be effective in any field. In fact, students from non–creative majors can make a
more memorable impression than their peers with a well–crafted portfolio. Make sure
that you are familiar with what your industry standard for portfolios is.
The aim of a portfolio is to give employers a complete picture of who you are –
your experience, your education, your accomplishments, your skill sets – and
what you have the potential to become – much more than just a cover letter
and resume can provide. You can use your career portfolio in job interviews to
showcase a point, or to illustrate the depth of your skills and experience.
Contents: (in order)
1. Table of Contents
2. Professional Philosophy/Mission Statement
3. Cover Letter
6. Letters of Recommendations
8. Honors & Awards
9. Demonstrations of Competencies
10. Professional Development/Extracurricular Activities
11. Business Cards (if you have them)
• Be selective of the work you put in portfolio– don't include every assignment
you've ever done, only those which are applicable to the job you are applying for
• Have a well–thought–out presentation with a beginning and end
• Have confidence in your work
• Make sure your portfolio communicates a vision
• Don't just worry about the physical portfolio itself – you need a great
presentation to go along with it
• Don't ever show anything you don't believe is your best work
• Don't assume you will be with your portfolio every time it is presented – if some
work needs an explanation make sure you determine what type of explanation
needs to accompany it
If you have the ability and are pursuing a career in Computer Sciences or Graphic Arts,
seriously consider constructing a visually appealing e–portfolio. E–portfolios are the way
of the future as they are very easy for potential employers to navigate and share.