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Building Your Portfolio

The process of creating the portfolio is a valuable way to prepare for networking and interviews.Through the effort of identifying, writing about, and organizing your experience, education, skills and accomplishments, you will be prepared to speak easily and confidently about yourself to prospective employers.

You will also have evidence that you mastered eight NACE Career Readiness skills sought out by employers. 

Building a Portfolio within Blackboard LMS

There are two options to collect evidence of NACE Career Readiness skills and begin developing your portfolio in Blackboard LMS. 

All students can find their Works portfolio in the "Portfolio" tab of their Blackboard dashboard.

Option 1: Complete a Skill Module

Portfolio modules serve as "how-to" guides that instruct students on how a specific skill can be mastered. For example, if a student does not have any leadership experience, the module can provide ideas of leadership opportunities on campus or ways that class assignments translate to leadership. Depending on how long a student has until graduation, the modules might offer different strategies to develop strong resumes and career relevant experiences.

Option 2: Upload Evidence

Students that have already mastered a career readiness skill can upload evidence by adding any visual/written copies of their work to their portfolio. For video formats or experiences that do not have any concrete evidence, students can write a brief summary talking about their experience, what they learned, and how the specific career readiness skill was mastered.

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What additional assets can my portfolio include?

A resume is included in a traditional career portfolio along with written and/or visual information that highlights what you have to offer.

 The following list from LiveCareer covers additional assets that could be considered:

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    Career Summary and Goals

    A description of what you stand for (such as work ethic, organizational interests, management philosophy, etc.) and where you see yourself in two-to-five years.

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    Professional Philosophy/Mission Statement

    A short description of the guiding principles that drive you and give you purpose.

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    Resume

    A summary of your education, achievements, and work experience, using a chronological or functional format.

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    Marketable Qualities

    A detailed examination of your skills and experience. This section should include the name of the skill area; the performance or behavior, knowledge, or personal traits that contribute to your success in that skill area; and your background and specific experiences that demonstrate your application of the skill.

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    List of Accomplishments

    A detailed listing that highlights the major accomplishments in your career to date.  Accomplishments are one of the most important elements of any good job search.

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    Letters of Recommendation

    A collection of any kudos you have received — from customers, clients, colleagues, past employers, professors, etc.  Some experts even suggest including copies of favorable employer evaluations and reviews.

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    Awards & Honors

    A collection of certificates of awards, honors, and scholarships.

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