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Explore the following links and handouts to help develop your portfolio. Career counselors are available to assist in creating and critiquing your portfolio. Call the Center for Career and Calling at (206) 281-2485 to make an appointment.

A professional employment portfolio is a job-hunting tool developed to showcase your education, skills, talents, attitude, accomplishments, activities and experience. Typically used by those in art professions in the past, portfolios are quickly becoming just the thing that could set you apart from other job candidates.

When developing your portfolio you should take the same approach as you would when writing a resume or cover letter. There should be absolutely no spelling or grammatical errors and it should be completely professional. Portfolios should be displayed in a three-ring binder and include a table of contents, tabs or dividers to separate various sections, and clearly display your name somewhere on the outside cover. Sheet protectors are a nice addition to keep your entries clean and free from damage. Include "introductions" explaining your role in group projects or when certain entries need extra clarity. Typical material found in portfolios include your resume, a skills statement, writing samples, certificates, awards, projects, pictures, etc. Explore the SPU Handout and the following links for more suggestions on what to include and tips on how to incorporate your portfolio in your interview.

Building a Portfolio
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