Heeelllooo my little loves! How are you all doing? I am so excited to be sharing with you all how to curate the most perfect, and aesthetically pleasing, portfolio to take on job interviews. I was inspired to do this because I’m currently applying to jobs and interviewing [aahhh!] and really do think my portfolio helps me stand out from other candidates. Below, I’ll share what should be in your portfolio, how to set it up, and how to present it. 

 

Okay okay I know this can be overwhelming and maybe something you all don’t think is necessary but in today’s world the job market is so competitive that you really need to do anything you can to stand out. Now you don’t have to have everything, or even in this order, but it’s just a jumping off point for you all so you can get started…

 

First things first, I put my portfolio in a really nice clean black display book. Do NOT use a folder. You’ll have to pull out all your loose leaf pages and you’ll look messy and unorganized. Having something you can flip though will look a lot better when you present it.

Now that you have your nice portfolio, let’s talk about what should be in it…


-Resume.

-About Me Page.

-Letter(s) of Recommendation.

-Examples of Work.


I always think your resume should be first. It’ll be the thing whoever is interviewing you will want to see. In all my interviews, whoever is conducting it always looks through and asks me about past experience so you’ll want it handy for them in case they didn’t print it out! Put it first so it’s easy. An ‘about me’ page isn’t for everyone but I include it just in case the person wants to read through for a few minutes. It should also answer the most basic interview question “tell me about yourself…” Next, and my favorite, your letter(s) of recommendation. I actually keep 2 copies of these slid into the plastic sleeve in case whoever is interviewing me wants to keep them to call for references. These are the best because they are people bragging about you! Include them and be proud! Lastly, examples of work. This can apply to almost everyone. Since I’m still in college and don’t have a lot of experience I include school projects that apply to the position I’m applying for. Though the project isn’t something I’ve done in the real world it still shows the company that I have the capability to do whatever it is.

 

Now, I don’t have a set time when presenting my portfolio. Some will ask for it in the beginning which is a good way to break the ice and sometimes I’ll wait until the end to show myself off a little bit more and get to talk about things I didn’t get a chance to during questioning. Just be confident and don’t be afraid to brag about yourself.

 

I LOVE my portfolio and really do think it helps me stand out. Since I’m a millennial, I think my generation doesn’t think this is something we need since everything is electronic so I really think this helps gives us a leg up on competition. It shows that we are prepared and care enough to put something together for the interview.

 

good luck to all my job seekers!

xoxo.

K.

 

hey hey hey my job searching ladies and gentlemen. If you clicked on this post your either looking for interview tips or you also have a phone interview coming up and you’re trying to prepare. Well, you came to the right place! I don’t consider myself an interview pro but I have had a lot and (knock on wood) I’ve gotten every single job I have interviewed for. I thought I’d share my tips with you guys if you do have a (phone) interview coming up so you can seal the deal.

  • Prepare like it’s an in-person interview. I think that people think a phone interview will be easier but I personally think they are harder. Read articles about the company, learn about the owner and even learn the company values. Not only to see if it is a good fit for you (hopefully it is since you’ve already applied) but so you can show off that you took the time to look it all up!

 

  • Have your resume handy! Always print out your resume and have it in front of you! Even if you think you know the dates of your jobs or your skill sets, you may forget or say something incorrectly since you are probably nervous. And forgetting makes it seem like you didn’t tell the truth to begin with!

 

  • Be in a quiet area. Make sure when you’re scheduling this interview that you are in a quiet, private area. I suggest your home or apartment compared to a Starbucks or library since you never know what can happen!

 

  • I personally like to talk with my headphones. Using my headphones ensures that I hear everything and I don’t ask the interviewer to keep repeating themselves.

 

  • Sit up. It may seem silly but sitting up compared to laying down can really change your voice. Sitting up makes you sound more alert, interested and confident!

 

  • bonus tip! Smile! People can actually tell if you’re smiling over the phone so make sure you do it a lot. Smiling and laughing (at appropriate times) can really change your voice and make you seem like you’re excited about the job.

 

Well you job seekers, that is all I have got for you. Now it’s time for you to find your dream job and send out that resume. These tips are really simple but make a huge difference in how you are presenting yourself to your new employer. See how confident I am in you guys? That’s because you’re all amazing!

love you all.

May your job search be short and your interviews be successful!

xoxo.

 

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