Employers appreciate well-organized portfolios with concise cover pages.
Portfolios take a great deal of time and effort to organize, but the result is a personal marketing tool you’ll have to build on throughout your career. Employers receive many portfolios, and it is important that yours features a professional-looking cover page with the most essential information so it is easy for potential employers to find when they need it. Depending on your line of work and the employer you are contacting, your cover page may function simply as a title page or as a full cover letter.
1. Open your word processor and choose a larger, easily readable font and size, such as 14-point Times New Roman. Set the cursor to center justification.
2. Enter your first and last name. Double space and type the name of your school and your year of graduation if you are a student. If you already have a job and are preparing your portfolio to apply for another job, type your current job title and company name.
3. Double space and enter your address, phone number and email address, giving each item its own space.
4. Open your word processor and choose an easily readable font and size, such as 12-point Times New Roman. Set the cursor to left justification.
5. Type a formal salutation that greets the recipient by name; this will have to be changed each time you submit your portfolio. Double space and type a one to two sentence introduction that explains who you are and why you are submitting your portfolio.
6. Type a three to four sentence middle paragraph that provides the recipient with an overview of the contents of your portfolio. This section should also be tailored for each recipient; depending on the job, you may wish to call the employer’s attention to different sections of your work sample.
7. Type a one to two sentence conclusion thanking the employer for his consideration. End with your typed name and contact information, including address, phone number and email address.