Updated October 2001
What is a Portfolio ?
It is more than a CV.
It is a sort of folder or "portfolio" in which you
present a package of your skills and abilities.
You probably have heard of artists presenting their
"press-book" with excerpts of films, photos, newspaper articles, well the
portfolio of an engineering student could contain :
- descriptions of projects you did
- scholarships and awards you won
- photos or CDRoms of your latest placement
- a paper you wrote on a particular subject and which
got a high grade
How should it be presented ?
Neatly and in order.
Every project or achievement you want to point out
should be clearly described , listed in a table of content, organized in
a logical order.
You may also want to have an adaptable portfolio which
you can fill in with whatever is relevant for this particular interview.
Use it appropriately
Don't sit with your portfolio on your lap. If the interviewer
asks you about your team experience, turn the page to the description of
a team project you have been part of.
If he/she asks if you've travelled, show a photograph
of your last trip to Boston or Washington.
More advice on http://www.jobweb.org