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Creating and Using a Portfolio

Develop a portfolio to highlight your work and show your skills to prospective employers or clients.

An online or paper portfolio provides potential or current employers an easy-to-browse package with examples illustrating your skills, experience and capabilities.

What a portfolio should include

Employers spend only a few minutes reviewing your portfolio, so focus on quality, not quantity, of work. Examples may include the following:

  • Evidence of specific skills with work samples
  • Licenses or certifications
  • Highlights of your achievements, skills and successes
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Information about professional affiliations
  • Personal statement

Portfolio formats may include any or a combination of the following:

  • Paper
  • Digital
  • Slideshow
  • Website
  • Posters
  • 3D models
  • Photos

Benefits of an online portfolio

  • Easily shared
  • Quickly updated with newest information or current examples
  • Ideal when applying for virtual positions
  • Helpful when connecting with potential employers before you relocate

Get started

The CareerOneStop Portfolios page provides additional information on what to include and how to arrange the information for your paper or online portfolio. Online portfolios may sometimes cross over into your online image. For additional suggestions on how to maintain a positive online image, read Your Online Image.

If you have questions on developing your portfolio or other aspects of your job search, call 800-342-9647 to speak with a career coach.

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