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Assemble Your Portfolio

In order to be used effectively and smoothly during an interview, your portfolio should have several sections separated by tabs. Some possible sections to include:

  1. Statement of Originality and Confidentiality: One-page sheet placed at beginning of portfolio. It states that the portfolio is your work and indicates if certain portions of the portfolio should not be copied (e.g., proprietary property of a company where you did an internship).
  2. Career and Professional Planning/Growth: Career goals, outstanding work in your major, internship experience, professional organizations, job shadowing experience/informational interview, job fairs and career workshops attended, etc.
  3. Resume (or expanded resume) on heavy bond paper.
  4. Skills: Name of the skill area; the performance or behavior, knowledge, or personal traits that contribute to your success in that skill area; your background and specific experiences that demonstrate your application of the skill.
  5. Samples of Your Work: A sampling of your best work, including reports, papers, studies, brochures, projects, presentations, etc. Besides print samples, you can also include CD-ROMs, videos, and other multimedia formats.
  6. Research Reports: A way to showcase multiple skills, including your written communications abilities. Include any published papers and conference proceedings.
  7. Testimonials and Letters of Recommendations: A collection of any kudos you have received -– from customers, clients, colleagues, past employers, professors, etc. Some experts even suggest including copies of favorable employer evaluations and reviews.
  8. Awards and Honors: A collection of any certificates of awards, honors, and scholarships.
  9. Conference and Workshops: A list of conferences, seminars, and workshops you've participated in and/or attended.
  10. Transcripts, Degrees, Licenses, and Certifications: A description of relevant courses, degrees, licenses, and certifications.
  11. Professional Development Activities: A listing of professional associations (e.g., Advertising Club; Pre-law Society; American Marketing Association) and conferences and special seminars attended (e.g., Creative Careers Seminar).
  12. Volunteering/Community Service: A description of any community service activities or volunteer work you have completed, whether it be through DUV, your sorority, student club, or church, especially as it relates to your career.
  13. References List: A list of three to five people (including full names, titles, addresses, and phone/email) who are willing to speak about your strengths, abilities, and experience. Professors and work supervisors or former supervisors are great sources.
Step 4: Update your resume and portfolio