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Your Professional Portfolio

Posted on 01 November 2008

There are some careers that require a professional portfolio, as well as a resume, to land an interview.

Obviously creative types, such as designers or marketers, will need examples of work to demonstrate talent.

But many jobs require project management abilities, whether you’re a project manager, a training professional, or even an operations administrator.

Regardless of your job field, you’ll impress recruiters and employers alike with proof of your talents.

But what do you include in a professional portfolio if you’re not in a creative field? Here are some ideas:

  • A finished copy of your resume in a traditional format
  • A scannable resume for recruiters
  • A list of professional and personal references, preferably three of each
  • Letters of recommendation. Ask former employers or colleagues to sing your praises on paper.
  • Summary of your career goals. Clearly state your plans for the future and how you plan to get there. An employer will respect your focus and initiative.
  • Samples of project documentation, as long as it’s not proprietary
  • Any relevant extra-curricular activities, such as volunteer work.Place some or all these items in a professional portfolio case, or a neat three-ring binder. You can find a professional case at most art or office supply stores.
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    1. Resume Tips says:

      Excellent advice Khan. You can pick up a standard portfolio case or binder from any art supply store or from an office supply store. A nice black leather portfolio should do the trick. You can also search through hundreds of styles online if you’re short on time.

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