Career portfolios are used to organize and document education, work samples and skills. People use career portfolios to apply to jobs, apply to college or training programs, get a higher salary, show transferable skills, and to track personal development.
What to include in your portfolio?
- Write to your dream audience.
- Work samples: e.g., class projects, items produced during internship or co-op experiences
- Research, Publications, Reports: A way to showcase multiple skills, including your written communications abilities. Include any published papers and conference proceedings.
- Testimonials and Letters of Recommendations: A collection of any kudos you have received — from customers, clients, colleagues, past employers, professors, etc. Some experts even suggest including copies of favorable employer evaluations and reviews.
- Awards and Honors: A collection of any certificates of awards, honors, and scholarships.
- Conference and Workshops: A list of conferences, seminars, and workshops you’ve participated in and/or attended.
- Transcripts, Degrees, Licenses, and Certifications: A description of relevant courses, degrees, licenses, and certifications.
- Professional Development Activities: A listing of professional associations and conferences attended — and any other professional development activities.
- Military records, awards, and badges: A listing of your military service, if applicable.
- Volunteering/Community Service: A description of any community service activities, volunteer or pro bono work you have completed, especially as it relates to your career.
Skills can be defined in job skills and personal skills, or the so called hard and soft skills.
Job skills allow you to do a particular job and life skills are what are needed for everyday life.
Personal skills are personal qualities that make up a person’s “emotional intelligence.”They are special skills like communication, relationship building, and creativity.
Job Skills Examples:
- Work under pressure
- Analyzing data
Personal Skills Examples:
- Problem solving
You should include hobbies and other interests, especially if they involve social and community activities. These activities are important – cover membership of societies, sports clubs/teams, etc. All these activities and the extent of your involvement gives your future boss clues about the real you and your interests.
7 examples of hobbies and interests on a resume:
- Individual Sports (Marathon Running) - You're fit and you enjoy challenges.
- Team Sports (Basketball) - You excel at teamwork and have leadership skills.
- Extreme Sports (Motocross) -A risk taker (bad for desk jobs).
- Tech Hobbies (Computing) -Tech savvy and introverted (not great for social jobs).
- Puzzles (Crosswords) -You're an analytical thinker with problem-solving skills.
- Games (Chess) - You're an intelligent strategist.
- Social Hobbies (Mentoring) - You communicate well and connect with others.