• Getting Started on Your Portfolio


    YEAR  1

    1.    A portfolio is a continuous work-in-progress.  This means that you should always update the information in  your resume, reference lists, and skills you are presenting in your portfolio

    2.   Understand: 

    a.      What is a portfolio?

    b.      What is a portfolio’s purpose?

    c.      Who will be looking at your portfolio?

    3.   One of your first Portfolio Projects is to complete a Career Research.  Following the Learning Guide you will write a five paragraph essay on information you researched on the Occupational Outlook Handbook website.  This information will be informally presented to the class.

    4.   At EWCTC you will begin documentation by attending a Writing Workshop.  At this workshop you will learn the components, purpose and requirements of a Best Works Writing sample.

    5.   It is important that you complete two Best Work writings and samples per year.

    6.   You will use the Questionnaire, Graphic Organizer or Outline strategy outlined in the workshop to begin your Best Works. 

    a.     Follow the Learning Guide

    b.     Complete the  five activities

    c.     Turn in Pre-Writing, Rough Draft, and Final Draft

     YEAR 2

    1.   During your second year, it is time to researching employment and post-secondary opportunities. 

    2.   A resume is important to job searching.  It should list all important information about you including how someone can contact you, your education, your skills, and your previous employers.  Follow the Resume learning guide, be sure to include References on your resume if there is room, or on a separate sheet if needed.

    3.   There are many places to look for a job including the newspaper, internet, walking in places of employment, employment agencies and word of mouth ( A person told you of a potential job.).

    4.   Begin your job search by following the learning guide.  You will need access to a computer, the internet and newspapers.    Complete the job search paper.

    5.   You found a job in the newspaper, what do you do next?  The next step in securing employment is to send your resume, along with a Cover Letter.  A cover letter is written to an employer, highlighting your assets and asking for an interview.  Use the cover letter learning guide to complete this project.  Be sure to always include your resume when mailing your cover letter. 

    6.   You got the interview, now it is time to write a Thank You Letter to the employer, thanking them for their time and consideration, as well as, reminding them that you want the job and why you are the best candidate.

    7.   Completing an Employment Application requires information on your resume, social security number, and reference information.  Be neat when filling out your application.  See the Learning Guide for Tips.

    8.   Complete two Best Works writings and samples this year.

    9.   By this time in your life you should have participated in a job shadowing, volunteer work, part-time employment or a cooperative education experience.  One of your Best Works writing must be on one of these experiences.


    Year 3

    1.   You have two Best Works writings and samples to complete.  Make sure one of your six total Best Works is on in a job shadowing, volunteer work, part-time employment or a cooperative education experience.

    2.   Update your Resume, References, and any other data in your portfolio

    3.   Add Awards and Certificates

    4.   Attend an Interview Workshop, Employment Fair, or Post-Secondary Fair.

    5.   It is time to get out in the real world.  Create a budget or cost estimation of a project that you completed at EWCTC.  Examples include estimate cost of installing a furnace, preparing a meal, painting a vehicle, or providing a health service.   Follow the Budget /Cost Estimation Learning Guide.

    6.   You should now have a completed portfolio.  Your last step is to present it to a member of the staff.  Good Luck!