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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
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is a Career Portfolio?
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?
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?
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Completed
application of
employment
Cover Letter
Resume
References
Letters of
Recommendation
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Mock interview
evaluations
Work samples
Awards
Certificates
Community service
Records, pictures,
or displays of
accomplishments
Completed Application for
Employment
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
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
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)
Teachers
 Coaches
 Youth Leaders
 Employers
 Ministers
Do not use: Friends, Relatives, or any
one under the age of 21 years!
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Letters of Recommendation
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
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
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
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Sexual
Harassment
Interest Inventory
Career Awareness
Job Searching
Resumes
Cover Letters
Ready for Work?
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Portfolio
Development
Interviewing Skills
Dressing for
Success
Mock Interviews
Portfolio Reviews
and Ratings
Community Service
Volunteer Firefighter
 Rescue Squad Member
 Red Cross
 Literacy Volunteer
 Church Programs
 After school Programs
 Community Service Agency Work
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Student Leadership
Student Council
 FBLA, FFA, and other Class
Organizations
 SADD
 Yearbook
 Committee work such as Prom,
Musical, and Open House
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Student Awards and
Certificates
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:
List of Achievements, Abilities and
Skills
 Report Cards and Attendance
Records
 Certifications in CPR, Lifeguard, etc.
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Examples…
These students
raised elk and
visited area
elementary classes
to tell about their
experiences and
answer questions.
Examples…
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!
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…
Record our list of
examples in your
portfolio binder!
Great Work!

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