Research Administration

The Beginner’s Guide to Keeping a Professional Portfolio

One of the most critical weapons in my arsenal is my professional portfolio. My portfolio is both an electronic file on my computer and a physical 3-ring binder with page protectors. The portfolio is an extensive physical record of my entire professional career. Every annual employee review, every university transcript, every poster and publication, every PowerPoint and every letter of recommendation that I’ve ever received. It’s a powerful tool for any professional–whether you plan to job hunt in the near future or not, you’ll thank yourself for starting this repository when it comes time for promotion.

Portfolio Sections Include:

  • Cover Letter and CV
    • General Cover Letter
    • Complete CV
  • Experience and Expertise
    • List of Previous Employers
  • Education and Certifications
    • Transcripts
    • Certification Results/Certificates
  • Publications and Symposium
    • Articles
    • Abstracts
    • Posters
  • Grant Support
    • List of all Grants Submissions/Coordination
    • Current and Previous Grant Support
    • Detailed Explanations for Showcase Examples
  • Scientific Illustration and Graphic Design
    • Showcase Examples
  • Future Goals
    • Career Goals and Relevant Personal Goals
  • References and Letters of Support
    • List of References
    • General Letters of Support

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