People make all kinds of claims about their skills and abilities when in fact they’re not true, so it’s little wonder that employers are naturally skeptical. So if you have won awards, have been quoted in the news, or have any other type of “proof” that your accomplishments really do exist, then build a portfolio and send it with your cover letter and resume. I’ve done this myself many times, first as a job-hunter and than later as a head-hunter in search of projects. A picture is worth a thousand words and an article, reference letter, or thank you note from a client, is worth a thousand more.
♦ If you’re a student looking for your first real job, send a transcript of your marks. It probably doesn’t matter but it might, especially if you kept a high GPA and a part time job.
♦ Copies of articles and awards should be included
♦ Use Xeroxed copies; don’t send originals because you may never get them back
♦ In articles, highlight the part about you so they don’t need to search for it.
♦ Bring this with you to an interview as well because the individual items in the Press Kit make good talking points.
This is a perfectly logical idea and a natural extension of your resume. For years architects and designers have been dragging around portfolios to sho prospective clients and employers. Why not you?