WHAT DO I INCLUDE IN MY CAREER PORTFOLIO?
1) Cover Page – be creative, but professional
- Full Name
- E-mail Address (make it look professional; avoid things like CHSfirstname.lastname@example.org)
2) Table of Contents – provide the reader with a clear outline of your portfolio’s contents
3) Practice Cover Letter – this letter is designed to get you into the habit of writing formal business letters. A high quality letter is perhaps the most important part of the job search. Many employers won’t even look at your résumé or application if your letter contains spelling/grammar/formatting errors. Your letter is your first impression – make it good!
4) Résumé – “The purpose of a résumé is to get an interview, not a job!” Make it look good!
- Career/Job Objective (optional, but strongly recommended)
- Education & Training (detailed information)
- Work Experience and/or Skills & Abilities
- Community Service/Involvement
- Hobbies & Activities
5) Experiential Evidence
- Include evidence of your learning, both in and outside of Triad CS, so far this semester – things that demonstrate your interest in Computer Science!
6) Reflective Overview – a letter to me, your professor
- This short document should explain how the evidence you provided helps define you as a Computer Scientist. In your introduction, explain what qualities and characteristics define a Computer Scientist. In your conclusion, explain how your evidence demonstrates that you fit that definition.
- Refer specifically to each piece of evidence in the body of the letter and give details about what it is and how it symbolizes part of your experience becoming a Computer Scientist.