Time to start looking for your next career move? You may be highly skilled in your area of expertise, however, you will need a strong way to convey this knowledge and experience to prospective employers. Simply stating what you worked on or completed in previous jobs or internships is not enough. A work portfolio is a great marketing tool for yourself, as it can also impact the hiring process, making it easier for both you and your employer.
An engineering portfolio should give your employer a sense of how your learned skills and experiences contributed to a specific project you worked on, whether at a previous job, an internship, or in school.
You can create your own PowerPoint or build a website. To build a website, you can use a website builder, such as Wix, Weebly, or Wordpress. As long as your portfolio cleanly showcases your past projects, the type platform you use does not matter.
What should be in your portfolio?
The information in your portfolio should ultimately depend on what position you’re applying for—what career move you’re making. For example, a computer programmer should have a portfolio that demonstrates his/her artistic and analytical abilities, whereas a civil engineer’s portfolio should consist more of past drawings and designs.
If you’re still in school and have not yet held an internship, your portfolio could consist of important classwork that directly relates to the field you’re interested in.
Though the platform you use does not necessarily matter, you still must always be prepared before a job interview. What if your portfolio is online, but you nor the interviewer has a computer? You may want to consider bringing your own laptop just in case. Otherwise, print out hard copies of important examples from your portfolio to show your interviewer. Just remember, it’s important to always be prepared.
When you interview with various companies for various positions, make sure you showcase relevant work in your interview. You’ll want to put the most relevant past experiences front and center in your portfolio, so your potential employer doesn’t have trouble understanding where your previous work fits into this new role. Eventually, you will have enough experience under your belt to pick and choose which parts of your portfolio you want to use in any given interview, depending on the knowledge and skillset that is required for the job.
When it comes to creating your personalized portfolio, focus the portfolio on your interests. Combine what you enjoy and what you’re good at, and the rest will come more easily. Do you think your past experiences would land you in a place such as Gausman & Moore? Visit our Careers page to learn about current open positions and internships available.