According to Clarke University, A portfolio is a compilation of materials that exemplifies your beliefs, skills, qualifications, education, training and experiences. It provides insight into your personality and work ethic.
What is the importance of having a portfolio?
Clarke University stresses that the process of putting together a portfolio itself will help you become a more effective interviewee. You will be identifying the skills you have gained through your various experiences and how they relate to the career you are interested in. Choosing the most relevant experiences and putting them in an easily understood format will help you better articulate your skills and experiences when asked questions about your qualifications in an interview. A professional portfolio will also show an employer proof of your organizational, communication, and tangible career related skills.
Ask yourself the following questions about each sample: What will this work demonstrate-skills, competencies or achievement of goals?
Identify three to five of the major skill set areas you have that would be important for someone in your career field to have. Examples include: Management, Computer Skills, Public Relations, Leadership, Accounting, Communications, and Customer Service. Next, select or request letters of recommendation and specific work samples or projects that exemplify these skill sets. Sources of work samples include classroom projects, materials generated on the job or during an internship/co-op experience, materials from community service, volunteer work, campus clubs and organizations and professional memberships.