Steps to Creating a Portfolio

  • Determine if a paper or electronic portfolio best meets your needs
  • Gather relevant artifacts and examples of your skills, values, abilities, work, and achievements. Use the list below to help think of examples
  • Create a structure that best highlights your skills and achievements based on your career objective
  • Assemble and reflect on items to supplement your interview process or job search
  • Use the Career Center to have your portfolio reviewed by a career advisor

Potential documents include:


  • Certificates, brochures, syllabi describing special training and licenses
  • Instructor evaluations
  • Transcripts
  • Conferences and workshops attended (name tag or program)

Skill Demonstration

  • Examples of problem solving (figures or pictures showing improvements)
  • Leadership (committees served or projects initiated)
  • Evidence of public speaking (speech outline, brochure for your presentation, photos of you at the podium)
  • Writing samples (e.g., an excerpt from a paper or report)
  • Documentation of computer skills (samples of online work, desktop publishing documents, programming print-outs)
  • Project results/data
  • Sample art work achievements


  • Letters of commendation or thanks
  • List of professional accomplishments
  • Newspaper articles in which you were mentioned

Professional Development

  • Professional organizations
  • Your goals
  • Reflection/professional statement of interests and goals

Past Work Experience

  • Resumes
  • Records showing how your clients did after receiving your services
  • Data (graphs, charts) showing your accomplishments/progress/work results
  • Reports
  • Performance reviews
  • Letters of recommendation/reference list

Learn what makes an e-portfolio different and where to build them.

For more information:

WikiHow Visual Guide to Portfolios


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