3 Step Overview on How to Create a Personal Portfolio

If you’re like me you’ve attended networking events where presenters train participants on a multitude of different topics. At a recent event, the presenter, Frank Moriarty, suggested everyone in attendance create a personal portfolio. He recommended we all create a portfolio that included work experience and other background information, plus lots of images to visually highlight those experiences. All of this would be kept in a binder to be used at an interview.

But you don’t have to be looking for work to create a personal portfolio. You might be a creative, highlighting your art or writing. You might also be selling a product or service. Or you might be presenting a very technical topic, where images help to explain difficult concepts.

What to Include

  1. Content to Include: Since I was looking for freelance writing work, I asked Frank to help me modify the portfolio contents to fit my needs. He offered to walk me through the process. He also offered to create a step-by-step list for readers in a future guest blog. More to come on that.
  2. Images to Include: Frank recommended that anyone creating a portfolio use lots of images, explaining what most of us already know, photos sell. “Use logos for companies who have hired you and images of books or magazines where articles have been published,” Frank said to me. A recent study by QuickSprout indicates that if you hear something, after three days, you will only retain about 10% of it. If you add an image to that same content, you will retain 65% of it. Plus, online content with images gets 94% more views than content without images.
  3. Putting it All Together: As a writer, I wanted to use a presentation binder since 3-ring binders tend to open and can lose pages. The perfect solution was a 12-Pocket Bound Sheet Protector Presentation Book which held 12-double sided sheet protectors and could display 24 pages.

Just go to c-line.com/template and find the template for 33120 to create a beautiful outside binder spine. You can opt for a colorful design. Or you can decide (as I finally did) that black and white is more professional.

As you can see from the pictures of the finished product it looks terrific. Yours will too. In a few weeks, we will feature a guest blog from Frank Moriarty, giving even more detail about how to put together a career-centric presentation binder.                

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