[By Carly Bowering]

With mock interviews coming up for the 2016/2017 class, the PRCC students are hard at work preparing their resumes and cover letters. We are also preparing our communication portfolios for the day. For many of us, creating a portfolio is a new experience. Here is what we have been learning and applying in arranging our portfolios.

Get Organized and Be Selective
Create sections for your portfolio, whether it is showing off projects you have overseen, news releases you have written, or specific mentions regarding your work. Ensure that each section is organized chronologically and the portfolio flows well.

Every communications portfolio should feature:

  • Your resume and cover letter
  • Pieces of your written work
  • Projects you have overseen or collaborated on
  • Reference letters (if you have them)

If you decide to go with a physical portfolio, make sure it is pristine and clean. It needs to make the best impression possible, and it is not attractive when there are pages bent or scuff marks on the folder.

A working portfolio is a living document. It should only feature your best work. While it is appealing to show off your full range of abilities and skills, it is best to only choose the ‘cream of the crop’.

Go Digital
Many are now choosing to use online platforms as a portfolio and attaching their link to their resumes or business cards. I personally will preach endlessly about the ease of using an online portfolio, as they are a great way of avoiding printing costs and creating a more visually pleasing portfolio.

Paying for a website is not an option for everyone. When you are starting out in the industry, using free blogging websites is usually the best course of action. If you can afford it and it is going to be a long-term commitment, it can be profitable to purchase a website. You can create a blog, an online resume/CV, a portfolio, or even a combination of the three. It offers you a chance to show off your personality and design skills, and you can track how many website hits you get.

(Photo by Carly Bowering)