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Presentation Notes for Maximize Your Job Search with a Career Portfolio 1
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Presentation Notes for Maximize Your Job Search with a Career
Portfolio
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Employment Portfolio
Is an interview tool
Can help your present your skills
and accomplishments to an
employer
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All job seekers can benefit from creating and building an employment portfolio which can show
samples of your work to an employer. It adds visual impact to your presentation. It can also
showcase your accomplishments, training, and expertise. Your portfolio is a selling tool for you!
A portfolio is always changing and evolving. What does this mean?
During a job interview, your portfolio makes you stand out from the competition:
•Employers will see you truly want the job.
•Employers will believe you can do the work.
•Employers will remember you.
•It can also add confidence and credibility during the interview process.
•It provides an edge over other applicants and employers tend to be impressed.
•It requires time and organizational skills.
•Employers understand this and are impressed by initiative and organizational skills a portfolio
communicates.
Note to teacher: Show the students the sample portfolio you have and discuss its contents. You
can briefly introduce the components of an employment portfolio at this time.
If you have a personal portfolio, you may share it with the students.
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What is a Portfolio?
Port means that a
person’s credentials are
portable and
transportable;
convenient, and
manageable
experience, interests,
achievements, goals and
capabilities
Folio means a packaging
of one’s credentials
through photographs;
reproduced evidence,
work samples, videos,
audio, and other formats
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WHAT IS A PORTFOLIO?
A portfolio gives you a visual and tangible way to represent your credentials, skills, and
achievements.
Port means that a person’s credentials are portable, transportable,
convenient, and manageable. They provide an image or picture of one’s
experience, interests, achievements, goals, and capabilities.
Folio means a packaging of one’s credentials through photographs,
reproduced evidence, work samples, videos, audio, and other formats.
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Job Interview-Creating a Portfolio
Creating a Portfolio
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Job Interview-Creating a Portfolio
Laura DeCarlo, Certified Interview Coach with Career Directors International shares job
interview and creating a portfolio tips
Your portfolio can be very simple:
•Use a new three-ring binder.
•Keep the cover clean — no doodling.
•Put pages in sheet protectors.
•Have a table of contents.
•Divide sections with tabs — you'll find pages easily.
Job Interview-Creating a Portfolio
Laura DeCarlo, Certified Interview Coach with Career Directors International, shares tips on job
interviews and creating a portfolio.
http://youtu.be/hQhigdJ-xEk
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What to Include
Include only relevant material in your portfolio.
Stick with work-related items; it is not a
scrapbook.
Use items that bring your résumé to life.
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What to include:
•Résumé
•Cover letter
•Two letters of recommendation
•List of skills
•Licenses, certificates, and other records
•Copies of awards, honors, and scholarships
•Goals and plans for the future
•Copies of transcripts
•Work samples and project summaries
•Past employment evaluations from employer or practicum supervisor
•Job descriptions
•Detailed challenges and solutions faced on previous jobs
•List of technical skills
•Extended learning experiences, such as community service and active participation in career
and technical student organizations and professional organizations
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What to Include
Highlight items related
closely to the job you
want.
Bring copies of material
for the interviewer to
keep.
Include relevant volunteer
and other activities.
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Include only relevant material in your portfolio.
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Why An E-Portfolio?
E-Portfolios are easy for potential
employers to access and use
The employer can access and
review the contents of the
portfolio anytime
It is easy to share with others on
the interviewing team
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The electronic portfolio is a vehicle for collecting and presenting evidence of growth and achievement over time.
The employment e-portfolio complements your hard copy portfolio rather than replacing it. The e-portfolio can be
placed on a CD, DVD, flash drive, or on the web. It can be set up as a PowerPoint™ presentation or a PowerPoint™
slideshow can be included as part of the portfolio.
What to include in your e-portfolio:
We have all heard the phrase, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” In addition to the kinds of materials that
would be included in a traditional portfolio, an e-portfolio, gives you the freedom to add audio, video clips, and
links to e-mail or a personal website. This type of portfolio gives an employer an in-depth look into your
personality as an individual and potential employee.
An e-portfolio will set you apart from all the other applicants. An e-portfolio can make the difference between
interviewing for a job and actually being offered a job.
How to create your e-portfolio:
Include electronic versions of items from your traditional portfolio. For example, include the word processing files
for your writing samples and résumé, scans of appropriate photos and certificates, and Adobe Acrobat (pdf) files of
graphics such as brochures that you have designed. Avoid personal information and inappropriate links.
Respect the privacy of previous team members, professors, or former employers whose information might be
accessible without their consent. Carefully check your e-portfolio for names, phone numbers, or e-mail addresses.
When to use your e-portfolio:
The e-portfolio can be beneficial after the interview when the employer can review it again and give access to
others who were not in the interview. Some companies will request an e-portfolio in advance through their
websites. Include a cover letter and your résumé as a further incentive to encourage the employer to invite you for
an interview.
Teacher note:
Please refer to Kuder.com or Bridges to help students develop an e-portfolio.
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Why An E-Portfolio?
41 Benefits of an Electronic Portfolio
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41 Benefits of an Electronic Portfolio
Benefits of an E-Portfolio for Students, Educators, Employers or Corporate Companies
http://kbarnstable.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/41-benefits-of-an-eportfolio/
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A Web Résumé and Portfolio
Format your résumé using HTML and add it to
your personal website or webpage.
Link readers directly to former employers'
homepages.
Link your résumé to high-resolution scanned
images of your work and other items from
your portfolio.
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A web résumé (a web page of your résumé) and portfolio (examples of your work online, e.g.,
photos) can be helpful, especially if you specialize in website design, graphic arts, or related
fields. Once you create them, make sure you keep them updated!
Make sure it's well-organized and easy to navigate.
Keep it simple--no clutter or slow-to-download extras.
Avoid gimmicks, e.g., flashing text and hard-to-read colors.
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Compiling a Professional
Portfolio
Professional Portfolio
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Compiling a Professional Portfolio
Dr. Jody Gallagher of Edinboro University's Office of Career Services shares essential tips for job
seekers. In this clip, Dr. Gallagher explains how to format a proper portfolio.
http://youtu.be/sXCF9hZ9IXc
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Résumé
It is a brief, concise overview of your:
Education
Work Experience
Qualifications
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You created a résumé during the lesson “Show Yourself Off: Write a Résumé!” We will be
incorporating it into your employment portfolio. If you have any changes that need to be made
on your résumé -- address, phone number, additional job experiences, etcetera, please do so
before adding your résumé to your employment portfolio.
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Cover Letter
Cover letters, which "cover" your résumé,
should:
clearly state how your skills and
experience will help the employer;
convince the employer to grant you an
interview.
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"A cover letter is an introduction, a sales pitch and a proposal for further action," says career
expert Michelle Tullier. It's also one of your most valuable tools for contacting employers. Every
letter must be uniquely tailored to the job in question. Generic letters do not get you
interviews!
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Types of Cover Letters
Response to an ad
Cold-call letter
Referral Letter
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There are essentially three types of cover letters, but the basic format for each is the same. The
types are as follows:
Response to an ad, e.g., in newspaper
Cold-call letter (asking about upcoming or unadvertised openings)
Referral letter (mentioning a person known to both you and the employer)
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Prep Work and Guidelines
Deliver it with a résumé that you've
tailored for the particular job in
question.
Use the same paper as your résumé if
possible
Write the letter yourself; it's a work
sample to convince the employer to
grant you an interview.
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Before you begin writing, do a little research.
Find someone who works at the company whose name you can drop with their permission.
Find out to whom you should send the letter. (If it's the Human Resources Department, send it to the
hiring manager as well).
Research the company.
Don't just repeat your résumé.
Address the letter to a person, never a generic title.
Use your first sentence to grab attention.
If someone referred you, mention that person's name and title in the first sentence.
Compare the job specifications or ad language side-by-side with your abilities and experience.
Don't say how the job will benefit you! Focus on how you will help the employer!
Keep the letter brief — less than a page.
Use the format described on the next page.
Use bullets to list your relevant qualifications.
Make sure you have no typos or errors.
Be neat — no smudges or crinkles.
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Prep Work and Guidelines
Don't just repeat your résumé.
Address the letter to a person, never a generic
title.
Use your first sentence to grab the attention of
the potential employer.
If someone referred you, mention that person's
name and title in the first sentence.
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Additional guidelines:
Say nothing negative!
Use direct, simple language with active verbs.
Show that you have knowledge about the company.
Ask for an interview and note that you'll call. You need to follow-up; don't wait for the employer
to do it.
Don't write, “Please find my enclosed résumé." It wastes space and states the obvious.
Sign the letter in blue ink to show it's an original.
Keep a copy for your records.
Make some parts of the letter suitable for any employer, but make certain sentences unique to
the specific job.
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Example of a Cover Letter
Cover Letter
(click on link)
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Review the points to include on a cover letter.
Text version of this cover letter is available on the website.
Texas Workforce Commission
Texas Job Hunter’s Guide to Step Four Contact: Cover Letter
http://www.twc.state.tx.us/news/tjhg/s4ltrex.html
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Letters of Recommendation
Character and Personal Reference
letters
Employment Recommendation
Letters
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There are several types of recommendation letters including recommendation letters for
employment, college, or graduate school. Here is information on the different types of
recommendation letters including employment, academic, personal, character, and student plus
more sample recommendation letters.
Character and Personal Reference letters:
Are you looking for your first job? Or are you concerned about the references your employer
might give you? Neighbors and acquaintances may be willing to write a reference for you.
Business acquaintances, academic advisors, customers, and vendors can all make good
references.
Employment Recommendation letters:
These employment recommendation letter examples include employee recommendation
letters, letters from supervisors, recommendation letters for a promotion, letters from previous
employers, personal recommendation letters, and other employment-related recommendation
letters.
Teachers can also write letters of recommendation for students. Consider asking your
counselor, coach, club advisor, or school administrator. Provide a copy of your resume to assist
the person from whom you are requesting a letter of recommendation. Allow 2-3 weeks for the
person to write the letter of recommendation.
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List of Skills
Strong Work Ethic
Positive Attitude
Good Communication Skills
Time Management Skills
Problem-Solving Skills
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Each company looks for a different mix of skills and experience depending on the business it's;
however it's no longer enough to be a functional expert. To complement these unique core
competencies, there are certain "soft skills" every company looks for in a potential hire.
"Soft skills" refers to a cluster of personal qualities, habits, attitudes and social graces that make
someone a good employee and compatible to work with. Companies value soft skills because
research suggests and experience shows that they can be just as important an indicator of job
performance as hard skills.
1. Strong Work Ethic
Are you motivated and dedicated to getting the job done, no matter what? Will you be
conscientious and do your best work?
2. Positive Attitude
Are you optimistic and upbeat? Will you generate good energy and good will?
3. Good Communication Skills
Are you both verbally articulate and a good listener? Can you make your case and express your
needs in a way that builds bridges with colleagues, customers, and vendors?
4. Time Management Abilities
Do you know how to prioritize tasks and work on a number of different projects at once? Will
you use your time on the job wisely?
5. Problem-Solving Skills
Are you resourceful and able to creatively solve problems that will inevitably arise? Will you
take ownership of problems or leave them for someone else?
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List of Skills
Acting as a Team Player
Self-Confidence
Ability to Accept and Learn from
Criticism
Flexibility/Adaptability
Working Well Under Pressure
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Each company looks for a different mix of skills and experience depending on the business it's in. Yet it's
no longer enough to be a functional expert. To complement these unique core competencies, there are
certain "soft skills" every company looks for in a potential hire.
"Soft skills" refers to a cluster of personal qualities, habits, attitudes and social graces that make
someone a good employee and compatible to work with. Companies value soft skills because research
suggests and experience shows that they can be just as important an indicator of job performance as
hard skills.
6. Acting as a Team Player
Will you work well in groups and teams? Will you be cooperative and take a leadership role when
appropriate?
7. Self-Confidence
Do you truly believe you can do the job? Will you project a sense of calm and inspire confidence in
others? Will you have the courage to ask questions that need to be asked and to freely contribute your
ideas?
8. Ability to Accept and Learn From Criticism
Will you be able to handle criticism? Are you coachable and open to learning and growing as a person
and as a professional?
9. Flexibility/Adaptability
Are you able to adapt to new situations and challenges? Will you embrace change and be open to new
ideas?
10. Working Well Under Pressure
Can you handle the stress that accompanies deadlines and crises? Will you be able to do your best work
and come through in a pinch?
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Licenses, Certifications and other
Records
Include all licenses and
certificates you have
obtained:
Driver’s license
CPR certificate
Certificate of completion
for programs
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Internships and job shadowing activities need to be documented in your portfolio.
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Awards, Honors and Scholarships
Professional Awards
Academic Awards
Scholarships
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Include formal recognition you have received. Do not omit professional or academic awards.
These are often listed with an applicant’s experience or education, but some list them at the
end of their résumé.
“You need to be specific-dates, how many years, any awards, what they meant, and who you
received them from,” says Grace Brauchle, who helps students put their portfolios together as
the career center coordinator for Lehman High School in Kyle.
You can include an award for participating in an event, placing in competitions, newspaper
articles, or any recognition of special honors.
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Goals and Plans for the Future
What is your five year plan?
Be realistic in stating your plan
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Employers want to see that you have a vision and a plan for your future.
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Copies of Transcripts
Make sure it is an official transcript
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Where can you obtain an official transcript? Why is it important that the transcript is official?
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Education
Overall grade point average
Average within a major
Class standing
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Start with your most recent education and work backward. For each school you have attended,
list the name and location, diploma, certificate, or degree earned, and year of completion.
If you have not yet completed one of your degrees, use the word “expected” before your
graduation date. If you do not know when you will graduate, add “in progress” after the name
of the unfinished degree.
The education section is especially important for recent graduates. Include your overall grade
point average, average within a major, or class standing if it helps your case. The general
guideline is to include averages of 3.0 and above, but the minimum useful average is still widely
debated. Graduates should also consider listing relevant courses under a separate heading.
Listing four to eight courses related to a particular occupation shows a connection between
education and work. College graduates need not list their high school credentials.
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Work Samples and Project
Summaries
Samples of communication/writing skills
Training/workshop packets or handouts
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You can also include materials from conferences or workshops you attended, participated in, or
presented. A summary of scholarly research or projects can be documented in your portfolio as
well.
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Employment Evaluations
Positive performance evaluation
Recognition from supervisor or
customer for performance
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A positive evaluation from a teacher or coach is also applicable.
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Job Descriptions
What job duties did you perform at
your present or past jobs?
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Use correct and concise words to describe your job duties:
• Arranged
• Calculated
• Categorized
• Constructed
• Organized
• Performed
• Constructed
• Developed
• Created
• Designed
• Established
What other words can you use to describe your job duties?
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Challenges and Solutions on the Job
Make it a point to
describe a work related
situation in which you
utilized your strong
personal and
professional skills.
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Detailed challenges and solutions faced on previous jobs:
Describe the situation you encountered in detail.
Tell how you’ve used your skills to analyze the problem before you considered subsequent
actions, e.g., solutions.
Explain the solution that you selected and your approach. Why did you decide to take this
particular resolution?
Finally, describe the outcomes/results and what you have learned from that situation.
Any company would want an experienced person who is able to rise above complex situations.
Therefore, make it a point to describe a work-related situation in which you utilized your strong
personal and professional skills.
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List of Technical Skills
Documentation of
knowledge in a foreign
language
Evidence of computer or
multi-media skills
Specific computer skills
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List any special skills you have that are closely related to the job, such as computer application,
or equipment operation.
If you have specific computer, foreign language, or technical skills, consider highlighting them by
giving them their own category—even if they don’t relate directly to the occupation you’re
pursuing. For jobs in information technology, for example, job seekers may list programming
and computer application skills in a separate section. Because most occupations now require
computer skills, job seekers in other fields also may list those skills separately.
You can also include examples of handouts, letters, memos, reports, charts, graphs, and
brochures you designed.
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Extended Learning Experiences
School or extracurricular
activities
Organizations
Associations
Clubs
Community activities
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Activities can be an excellent source of experience, especially for students in high school or
college who don’t have much work experience. Students can list their involvement in school or
extracurricular activities as a way of showing a prospective employer their initiative.
Activities might include participation in organizations, associations, student government, clubs,
or community activities. Include those related to the position you are applying for or that
demonstrate hard work and leadership skills.
What extended learning experiences do you have?
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How to Use Your Portfolio in Your
Interview
It helps keep the
conversation flowing
You are able to focus
better at the interview
You can refer to your
portfolio during the
interview
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How to Use Your Portfolio:
Carry the portfolio in your left arm so that you can shake hands with the interviewer. Remember
a firm handshake is ideal for a good first impression.
Keep it as inconspicuous as possible until you need it, setting it aside on the table or next to
your chair where it is easily accessible. It is important to keep the focus on you and build
rapport. What does inconspicuous mean? What is rapport?
During the conversation when describing a project or skill, ask the interviewer if he or she
would like to see your portfolio. Some interviewers will ask for it and start asking questions
pertaining to its contents. You can start conversations that wouldn’t be likely without a portfolio
in hand, e.g., the collaboration skills you developed while on a community service project as
shown in an on-site group photo.
Make sure you are so familiar with the portfolio contents and organization that you can
instantly flip to the appropriate tab without undue interruption to the flow of the interview.
Employers want to hire people for internships and jobs who can create results. You can also
include graphs and charts which help build on past performances and project summaries. This is
the best predictor of future success! What are some reasons for developing graphs and charts?
Your portfolio represents your work, and it's valuable. Treat it with respect!
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Never send it with your résumé and cover letter.
During the interview, show examples related to the discussion; don't go through your portfolio
page by page.
Put the portfolio away if the interviewer seems uninterested.
Never leave it with the employer.
Your portfolio helps you plan and track your career-related experiences and accomplishments.
When you update your portfolio regularly you see your own progress and growth as a
professional. You're now set to impress an employer!
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The Portfolio- A Career Boosting
Tool
How to Use Your Portfolio
in Your Interview
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The Portfolio- A Career Boosting Tool
Learn how to put together your portfolio and what types of documents you can use to highlight
your abilities for employers. This video also includes how to use your portfolio in your interview.
http://youtu.be/lBIQPcW_DN0
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References and Resources
Textbooks:
Johnson, L. (2004). Strengthening Family & Self. (3rd ed., pp. 451-474). Tinley Park: The GoodheartWillcox Company, Inc.
Websites:
Images: Microsoft Clip Art
How to Design a Winning Job Portfolio
To create a portfolio that is winning, include an assortment of items in a professional and polishedlooking collection.
http://www.ehow.com/how_2310601_design-winning-job-portfolio.html
Texas Workforce Commission
Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the state agency charged with overseeing and providing
workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas
http://www.twc.state.tx.us/twcinfo/about-texas-workforce.html
Want to Create an Awesome Work Portfolio?
A portfolio is a collection of the best examples of your work. No matter what kind of work you do, it
showcases what you excel at. Look at what a work portfolio is and how to create one.
http://www.manifestyourpotential.com/work/take_up_life_work/8_get_hired/how_to_create_aw
esome_work_portfolio.htm
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References and Resources
Your Job Skills Portfolio: Giving You an Edge in the Marketplace
You can use your career portfolio in job interviews to showcase a point, to illustrate the depth
of your skills and experience, or to use as a tool to get a second interview.
http://www.quintcareers.com/job_search_portfolio.html
YouTube:
Compiling a Professional Portfolio
Dr. Jody Gallagher of Edinboro University’s Office of Career Services shares essential tips
for job seekers. In this clip, Dr. Gallagher explains how to format a proper portfolio.
http://youtu.be/sXCF9hZ9IXc
Job Interview-Creating a Portfolio
Laura DeCarlo, Certified Interview Coach with Career Directors International shares job
interview and creating a portfolio tips
http://youtu.be/hQhigdJ-xEk
The Portfolio- A Career Boosting Tool
Learn how to put together your portfolio and what types of documents you can use to
highlight your abilities for employers. This video also includes how to use your portfolio in
your interview.
http://youtu.be/lBIQPcW_DN0
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