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Who Needs a Portfolio? You Do!
Artists, architects, and writers have used portfolios for years as a way to tangibly display their craft and experience. But are these creative professionals the only ones who could benefit from carting a portfolio into an important interview?
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More and more, job-seekers use "professional portfolios" that extend the traditional boundaries
But more and more, there's been talk of "professional portfolios," portfolios that extend the traditional boundaries to include different types of professionals and various kinds of "artifacts."
Why is everyone talking about portfolios
What exactly is a professional portfolio? A professional portfolio is a collection in progress, one that represents the work-related events in your life thus far (though work-related skills can be developed in non-work-related activities). The portfolio provides evidence of your abilities and creates a much fuller picture of what you could offer as a future employee.
What do you put in there? For starters, your resume. From there, you have a great deal of leeway. Professional portfolios range anywhere from a few pages to 20 or more. (We think the fewer the better.) If you're an engineer, do you have a product you want to whip out and demonstrate for a potential employer? When an interviewer asks about the turnaround you facilitated in your last job, ask if he'd like to see a bar graph of the company's savings. Some more suggestions:
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