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Creating a Portfolio

Portfolios are no longer used just by artists to display samples of their finished work. Today people across all fields are using portfolios to allow hiring managers to see first-hand the quality and types of work they have produced; from business plans to sample letters.

A portfolio provides supplemental materials to be used in the application process. The exact nature of the material depends upon your area of specialization and your job search objective. Traditionally, portfolios have been used by artists, but they are now being employed by a variety of occupations. They allow you the chance to showcase and prove your talent. Many items can be included in your portfolio. It is important to remember that quality is more important than quantity, so include samples of your best work.

What to include
The following are suggestions of types of pieces you may want to include when putting together your portfolio:

Thoroughly research the industry in which you are interested in order to determine what to include, then arrange your portfolio in a logical, easy to follow order. It is important to label and explain all items. Make your portfolio work for you and not against you. It needs to be well presented, and you need to know the contents perfectly. It is important that you know exactly what is in there and where it is located in order to successfully utilize it during an interview.