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Tool kit

Tool kit image (wrench)Every successful work search starts with a strong application. The tool kit can help you navigate the world of résumés, cover letters, interviews, portfolios and networking.


Put together a portfolio

A strong career portfolio can bring an interview to life. Put together a continuous portfolio to keep records of your projects, skills and achievements. Then pick appropriate artifacts to share at job interviews.

Portfolio basics

A portfolio is a visual, organized and portable collection of documents and artifacts that provides a cumulative record of your experience, skills, knowledge, accomplishments, and attributes. There are two types of portfolios 

Type 1: Master portfolio

Type 1: Master portfolio

A master portfolio is a comprehensive collection of the information and documents that you feel are important markers in your career development. The primary audience for this portfolio is you. You use it to store information that you may want to access as your career develops. You would not normally show this to employers as it will just be too big. There are many benefits to creating a master career portfolio:

  • Allows you to observe patterns and areas of exploration in your career
  • Helps you to clarify what you want to build in your career
  • Enhances your self-esteem and confidence as you identify strengths and see concrete evidence of your progress
  • Helps you create career-related documents such as résumés, cover letters, personal websites and employment proposals
  • Prepares you for career events such as meetings with employers, interviews and performance reviews

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Type 2: Presentation portfolio

Type 2: Presentation portfolio

A presentation portfolio is a small collection of critical documents that you assemble from your master portfolio and present to an employer. If you spend the time to create and maintain a master portfolio, you’ll be able to quickly put togetherpresentation portfolios when you need them.

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