A professional portfolio is a collection of work samples from jobs, internships or academics that show your skills to employers. Portfolios can be used outside of visual arts as a job search tool. The tips below are intended for non-design majors. For Additional information, check out our Portfolio Handout (PDF) and Design Portfolios Handout (PDF).
Hard Copy Portfolios
Hard copy portfolios include copies of your work placed into a professional looking binder. It is intended for use during an interview where items are shared while answering questions so employers see real examples of your skills and accomplishments.
Electronic portfolios can be created by loading work samples into a web site. The URL for a web portfolio can be put on your resume allowing an employer to view your work before or after an interview. Here are samples and an online portfolio tool:
What to Include
- Writing samples
- Computer work
- Class projects
- Goal statements
- Documents created at internships
- Student leadership examples
- Place items in slip covers and include typed labels to each item that briefly explains what the item is and what skills it illustrates.
- Bring only the best 15-20 items with you to an interview.
- Integrate the items into the interview as you answer questions (rather than sharing it only at the end).