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 Develop Your Portfolio 



What is a portfolio?

  • A collection of documents or works demonstrating your capabilities to others.
  • It is a marketing tool you can use to set yourself apart from other candidates.
  • It serves as an evaluation tool for identifying candidates who are prepared and can show a long term interest in the field.

Why should I create a Portfolio? 

  • To provide physical proof that you have the skills and experiences to do an effective job.
  • A portfolio can illustrate your points during the interview.
  • Employers are concerned about competencies and outcomes, a good portfolio can help distinguish a highly effective candidate.

How can I create my portfolio? 

  • Consider the position and what requirements, skills are important. What does the interviewer want or need to know?
  • Critically select your samples. Choose what best highlights or demonstrates your professional competencies.
  • Practice how you will convey the portfolio's contents and the best order. Use captions or labels to identify and explain the significance of an item.
  • Keep it current. Review your activities each semester, and continually upgrade to the materials with the highest level of achievements.
  • Check (and re-check) your portfolio for accuracy and neatness. An error free portfolio shows competence and professionalism.
  • Ask your academic advisor or a Career Counselor to critique your portfolio for content and presentation.

How much should I include? 

  • The least amount possible, but still allowing you to demonstrate your abilities.
  • Focus on tailoring your portfolio to the requirements of the position.

What could I include? 

  • While most items will be in writing, non-written items such as a video, photographs, or items on a CD can also be included.
  • All Students
    • Table of Contents, tabbed for easy reference.
    • Application documents: resume, transcripts, list of references, and reference letters.
    • Performance assessment materials: internship or student teaching evaluations; former employers' evaluations.
    • Letters of nomination (for honors, academic organizations, and awards) and certificates representing academic awards/honors.
    • Letters of commendation or thank you notes from advisors, professors, and employers.
    • Certificates for special training or professional development workshops.
    • Test results (e.g., GRE, Praxis, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT).
    • Professional certificates or licenses (e.g., professional teaching certificate).
    • Significant projects showing skills that are applicable to the job for which you are interviewing (e.g., research, creative projects, writing samples, presentations, technical drawings, etc.).
    • Evidence of written and oral communication skills (e.g., class papers, newsletters, articles, brochures, flyers, poems, outline of presentations)
  • Education Majors
    • Philosophy of Education statement.
    • Unsolicited letters from students, parents, fellow teachers, and administrators.
    • Planning Strategies: unit plans; monthly, weekly, and daily lesson plans; cooperative learning strategies.
    • Publications: learning activity packet, sample letters or newsletters to parents, letters to students, creative handouts, teaching tools, or educational resources.
    • Photographs of: bulletin boards; learning centers; children involved in classroom activities; special school activities or events that you coordinated or planned (e.g., field trips); you working with students.

How should I assemble my materials? 

  • We suggest using a three-ring binder with plastic sleeves and pockets to protect important materials.
  • Arrange items by the most relevant information first.
  • Organize your materials into sections, with similar materials grouped together in one section (e.g., application documents in one section, photographs in another section, written materials in a third section) with index tabs for ease of use.



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