Post # 1
Does anyone have one of these?
I am making one now, and I am not quite sure what to put in it. My major is marketing (I am graduating college soon). This is what I have so far:
job descriptions and responsibilities
transcript with deans list awards
I was also thinking about including scholarships that I have received and my acceptance letter to study abroad for a semester. Now, those seem very unneeded.
what is in yours?
Post # 2
akm57: i’ve always thought of a portfolio as a way to showcase work you’ve done so in the past, i have included writing samples that have been published — articles, press releases, etc.
Did you have to do a senior design project in school? or did you work on any ad campaigns, etc. as a part of a class? I think those are the types of things employers would be looking for rather than college-related materials. Those are certainly all great accomplishments, but a bit irrelevant once you graduate. i would focus more on work you’ve done that will relate to the employers
Post # 3
akm57: What exactly do you mean by “marketing” ? I’m a graphic designer, so I actually have a physical print portfolio of past projects and design work. I also have a website with the same, plus web design and motion graphics work.
If your marketing degree is at all design related, I would include actual design projects you’ve done that you feel proud of. If not, I would include any marketing projects you have. If you did a senior project, that should be a big part of this.
You definitely need a cover letter and resume. Your resume should be well designed and no longer than one page. Your previous job descriptions/responsibilities, deans list awards, and other awards should all be on your resume and not given as separate pieces. There’s no need and employers won’t really look at them if they’re separate because, well, TL;DR. Scholarships aren’t really necessary, but if there’s room on your resume and they’re a significant amount or very prestigious, you can put them down. An acceptance letter to study abroad is completely unnecessary.
Recommendations shouldn’t really be written out ahead of time. A potential employer is going to want to contact your references personally and ask their own questions about you so that they can actually learn what you’re like. I would just include a references sheet that goes along with your resume with two or three references. Include their names, phone numbers, and email addresses, as well as their relationship to you (i.e. former supervisor at a specific job).
Post # 4
I don’t have one. My resume speaks for itself without extra fluff.
No interviewer is going to want to see your college scholarships or study abroad acceptance letter. As PP said, recommendation letters shouldn’t be written in advance — to me, it looks like they were forged. If anything, you could have a list with your references typed with phone numbers and email addresses. Depending on the job, they probably won’t care about your transcript, either. They don’t care that you aced Intro to Computer Science, just that you have the degree you are saying you do.
Post # 5
stoked.stokes: Agree 100%. I have never heard of an interview portfolio. It’s best to pare everything down—interviewers are busy and don’t want to sift through a bunch of paperwork.
Post # 6
I have been a costume designer so I have a portfolio. A marketing major should have work to show. People like visuals, transcrips, awards, ect really are not important