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A career portfolio can be quite valuable when you obtain a "real" job interview. The portfolio can be used to impress the hiring managers and show why you are the right candidate for the job. To make the portfolio work, it has to wow them in quickly. Your portfolio will provide a wealth of information about you and your background. Portfolios can be saved and displayed in any manner that you choose. A three-ring binder and a set of plastic sheet covers will help you present your materials in an organized manner. If you choose to do so, you can also create your portfolio online and use a blog or website to present the portfolio as an individual webpage. If possible use any and all presentation venues to display your portfolio so hiring managers can utilize any style they choose both during the interview and after the interview concludes.
Instructions for Creating a Portfolio:
1 Get the right materials. Getting an "artist presentation book or binder" is usually the best bet as it has the usual characteristics of a writing portfolio already--black on the outside with clear page-protectors and black backgrounds for each page.
2 Create your own if you cannot get a ready-made one handy. A heavy-duty black folder with sheet protectors and black construction paper covers the material base, although you may also need double-sided tape and scissors to tidy-up.
3 Collect your samples and clips as this is the most important step. Gathering a variety of samples is a good idea if you're interested in different genres. This could include press releases, articles, design or photography work. Samples could be from class or personal projects, hobby work, internships or actual published pieces.
4 Organize samples by date, with the most recent first and the oldest last. If you've decided to incorporate different genres, perhaps create a section for each one. For example, separate your press releases from your articles. Creating different portfolios for each genre is usually best unless you plan to apply for a multi-facet job.
5 Photocopy your samples and put the originals in a safe place. Using the copy in your portfolio instead of the original will enable you to crop and fit it in the portfolio properly without damaging the original.
6 Build your portfolio by replacing less important or relevant pieces or those which are class projects with published pieces as time goes on and you collect more samples. However, feel free to keep some projects if you feel it highlights your work or skills.
Note: Any documents containing confidential information or that were written with the assistance of others are no-gos.