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Career Seminar Series: Portfolios Development. Goals: What is a Career Portfolio? Why Create a Career Portfolio? What should the Portfolio Contain? What are Optional Items that a Portfolio Contain? What are some examples of Portfolio Items?. What is a Career Portfolio? .

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Career seminar series portfolios development
Career Seminar Series: Portfolios Development


  • What is a Career Portfolio?

  • Why Create a Career Portfolio?

  • What should the Portfolio Contain?

  • What are Optional Items that a Portfolio Contain?

  • What are some examples of Portfolio Items?

What is a career portfolio
What is a Career Portfolio?

  • A Career Portfolio is a tool that each of you can use in job hunting or even in “selling yourself” to a college or a scholarship committee!

  • A Career Portfolio can give an employer a complete picture of who you are- your experience, your education, your accomplishments, and your skills!

Why create a career portfolio in when i am only in high school
Why Create a Career Portfolio in when I am only in High School?

  • Each day you are gaining in skills, experience, education, and accomplishments which need to be documented!

  • In the process of developing your portfolios, you can better see where you are and where you want to go!

What should a career portfolio contain

Completed application of employment School?

Cover Letter



Letters of Recommendation

Mock interview evaluations

Work samples



Community service

Records, pictures, or displays of accomplishments

What Should a Career Portfolio Contain?

Completed application for employment
Completed Application for Employment School?

You will complete basic application form that can be used as a reference for all those hard to remember facts:

  • Names and numbers of employers

  • Dates of employment

  • Dates of schooling

  • Addresses and phone numbers

Cover letter
Cover Letter School?

You will create a “standard” cover letter that can be used:

  • To introduce yourself

  • As a template for future letters you may need to write

  • As wonderful practice! Because I know how much you like to write!

Resume School?

Your portfolio should multiple copies of your “Traditional Resume”

Which will be a summary of your:

  • Education and Achievements

  • Your Career Goals

  • Your Employment History

References full name address phone
References School?(Full name, address & phone)

  • Teachers

  • Coaches

  • Youth Leaders

  • Employers

  • Ministers

    Do not use: Friends, Relatives, or any one under the age of 21 years!

Letters of recommendation
Letters of Recommendation School?

At least one letter of recommendation from an Instructor, Guidance Counselor, Employer, Community Service, Youth Leader, or Minister

If you lack work experience these can be a very valuable tool. Please be thoughtful in asking for these!

Mock interview evaluation form
Mock Interview Evaluation Form School?

In the spring each of you will prepare for and be interviewed by a professional from your CTE field.

The review of that interview, with preparation and hard work, will be a positive reflection on you!

Work samples
Work Samples School?

Tell who you are, by what you do!

Capture your best work on these pages:

  • Class Projects and Finished Products

  • Photos of you at work sites

  • Photos of your completed work

  • Be creative! CD’s, Videos, Brochures

Career seminar certificates of attendance

Sexual Harassment School?

Interest Inventory

Career Awareness

Job Searching


Cover Letters

Ready for Work?

Portfolio Development

Interviewing Skills

Dressing for Success

Mock Interviews

Portfolio Reviews and Ratings

Career Seminar Certificates of Attendance

Community service
Community Service School?

  • Volunteer Firefighter

  • Rescue Squad Member

  • Red Cross

  • Literacy Volunteer

  • Church Programs

  • After school Programs

  • Community Service Agency Work

Student leadership
Student Leadership School?

  • Student Council

  • FBLA, FFA, and other Class Organizations

  • SADD

  • Yearbook

  • Committee work such as Prom, Musical, and Open House

Student awards and certificates
Student Awards and Certificates School?

Note: Student Award and Certificates are often lost as quickly as they are handed out! Save these! Especially any awards that reflect you abilities as an employee- such as:

  • Attendance- You show up!

  • Team Awards- You get along with others!

Optional portfolio items
Optional Portfolio Items: School?

  • List of Achievements, Abilities and Skills

  • Report Cards and Attendance Records

  • Certifications in CPR, Lifeguard, etc.

Examples… School?

These students raised elk and visited area elementary classes to tell about their experiences and answer questions.

Examples… School?

These Students took part in an mock simulation of a bus accident with area EMT’s, Firefighters and Police. Moments caught on camera can tell of the student’s commitment and understand of crisis management.

This is your moment to shine
This is your moment to shine! School?

Each day you may be accomplishing wonderful examples for your portfolio–

Take this time to brainstorm with your neighbor what they may be!

Share your examples
Share your examples… School?

Record our list of examples in your portfolio binder!

Great Work!