Portfolios

You need to have a portfolio of your work samples.  The content of your portfolio can vary but standard items are these:

1. Resume
2. Cover Letter
3. Reference Page
4. Copies of Letters of Recommendation
5. Copies of Educational Certificates, Certifications, Licenses and Degrees.
6. Copies of Transcripts
7. Copies of Work or Summaries of Projects.  This could include a report you wrote, a print out of a spreadsheet you designed, a flowchart, a test you took, a project summary, and so forth.
8. Positive employment evaluations.

A new graduate with a programming specialty might include a list of every programming function he can perform with a certain tool or language.

A salesperson might include a sample newsletter he created or photos of himself receiving trophies when there are no paper awards to insert in the portfolio.

Besides a window into your working soul, portfolios also make it easy for you to update your history.

However, there is also another added gold star for your career in maintaining a portfolio – you are better able to talk about your accomplishments, more prepared for updating your resume since the information is at hand, and ready to position yourself for your next promotion or annual evaluation! Why wouldn’t you want to spend the little extra time it takes to create a powerful portfolio?

TECH PORTFOLIOS
I personally don’t like the all of the candor expressed in tech resumes.  They try too hard to be artsy, and that tends to override real content in my opinion.  Having said that, here are a few examples of Technology portfolios from Skills Crush

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