What is a portfolio and why develop one?

A portfolio is a snapshot of your educational, professional, and workplace experiences that tells your personal story in one easily accessible place. A portfolio highlights your most significant achievements to date.

What does a portfolio look like?

A traditional hard copy portfolio is a selection of printed materials housed in a binder or folder format. Scanned or saved copies of the same materials may be stored on a CD, or submitted electronically as attachments.

What should I keep in my portfolio?

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter
  • Transcripts
  • References
  • Salary history
  • Descriptions of courses taken
  • Certificates and diplomas
  • Samples of work: papers, spreadsheets, special projects, etc.
  • Awards
  • Job descriptions of positions held
  • Performance evaluations
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Works published or in which you are cited
  • Brief video bio
  • Online links to publications and presentations

How do I use my portfolio?

Your portfolio is a marketing tool to use in job and academic interviews. You will select relevant items from your portfolio to illustrate your knowledge, skills and abilities. This will leave a lasting impression on the interviewer.

When should I update my portfolio?

Your portfolio will grow and change as you have new experiences and accomplishments to add. It is a lifelong work in progress. Keep your information current by updating your portfolio every time you increase your knowledge, skills, and abilities.