In this post, we will talk about the format of your portfolio. There are two possibilities: you can either create an electronic or paper-based portfolio. First, let’s look at digital portfolios. Below are some of the most popular tools you can use to create your electronic portfolio. While they are not listed in any particular order, I personally prefer VisualCV, not only because it is easy to use but also because it can convert your digit resume/portfolio into a PDF file that you can easily print and bring to the interview.
When it comes to the paper-based portfolio, your options range from inserting your artifacts into a three ring binder to investing in a professional portfolio binder. Regardless of which option you choose, consider purchasing sheet protectors to keep your portfolio pieces safe and clean as well as make your portfolio look more polished and professional.
It is also a good idea to add dividers to separate the sections of your portfolio. This way, your portfolio will appear more organized.
Personally, I suggest having both electronic and printed versions of your portfolio. Your electronic portfolio can be easily accessible, you can update it almost effortlessly, and your prospective employer can always refer back to it when making his hiring decision. On the other hand, carrying a physical copy of your portfolio to the interview can immediately impress the interviewer and help you win that job.