Putting it all Together

November 14, 2007 at 1:29 am Leave a comment

Thanksgiving, and believe it or not, winter break, is fast approaching. I will be spending time putting my portfolio together. I have to admit, it’s a little intimidating. There is this huge pile of work from the past four years that I have to put in some type of order.

Getting Started

portfolio.jpgPortfolios allow you to expand on your resume. Instead of just talking about your skills, you can show someone. A portfolio provides proof of your abilities.

What you’ll need:

  • A good quality portfolio case. You can get them at Staples or Office Max.
  • Dividers
  • Professional-looking paper.
  • Sheet protectors

What to include:

  • Table of contents 
  • Samples of your work
  • Letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your resume and cover letter
  • References and contact information

Organization

papers.jpgIt all depends on what works best for you, but here are a few ways to organize a portfolio:

  • Chronologically
  • By function or skill 
  • By theme
  • Around the items listed on your resume

Keep in mind the last piece they see will leave more of an impression than what’s at the beginning.  Once you’re finished, go through the portfolio checklist to make sure your portfolio is perfect. It’s not a bad idea to have a faculty member look over your portfolio before you present it.

Karen Russell, a professor at the University of Georgia, offers some good advice for putting together your first portfolio.

Tying it together

rope.jpgYour portfolio will be top-notch of course, but it still can’t speak for itself. You have to be prepared to talk about what you’ve done, answer questions and possibly hear some criticism.

You should always rehearse before you go for your interview. Have a family member, friend or classmate listen to your presentation. They can offer advice and give you a chance to practice answering questions.

When the time comes to present in front of an employer, as always, dress professionally and present with confidence. Adobe.com offers some additional advice on presenting your work.

Make a lasting impression

When your interview is finished, it’s always a good idea to leave behind a sample or two of your work as a reminder of your talents. Make sure it’s some of your best work and something you have multiple copies of because you probably won’t get it back.

And remember, a portfolio, as important as it is, is still just a tool. You have to be prepared to sell yourself as well.

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