What is a Portfolio?

A portfolio is a compilation of materials that exemplifies your skills, qualifications, education, training, and experiences. It provides insight into your personality and work ethic. All in all, it is a representation of your professionalism.

The process of putting together a portfolio itself will help you become a more effective interviewee. You will be identifying the skills you have gained through your various experiences and how they relate to the career you are interested in. Choosing the most relevant experiences and putting them in an easily understood format will help you better articulate your skills and experiences when asked questions about your qualifications in an interview. A professional looking portfolio will also show an employer proof of your organizational, communication, and tangible career related skills.

Save everything you create and decide later what you want to include in your portfolio! The following information is, however, what is typically included in a career portfolio:

  1. Letter of Introduction: A brief letter about the student’s education, goals, work and/or extra-curricular/community involvement, in standard letter format.
  2. Resume – Resumes are usually a one-page document listing the applicant’s name, personal information (address, phone #, and email), an objective or summary, work history or extra-curricular/community involvement, education, certifications/credentials, personal skills/interests, and references.
  3. Letters of Reference – Students must include at least two reference letters, provided by people who are familiar with his or her work or character. The reference letters can be employment-related, personal, or they can attest to the character of the student.
  4. Credentials or Certifications – Students can meet this category by having at least one of the three sub-sections completed:
    • State/national certification or credentials (i.e., NCCER, MBA, CNA, Serve Safe, Tooling U, OSHA 10, CPR, CDX, Digital Literacy, WV Welcome, WV Welding, ASE, WV Dept. of Agriculture Cert., etc.);
    • Technical Skills check off – located on the WVDE CTE website under each concentration (these are in Excel format and can be printed or saved electronically). - Instructors only need to sign off on the Core Skill Sets listed at the top of each document prior to the Career Preparation Skills;
    • Tool or Software proficiency – these are certificates created by instructors and/or students and signed by instructors to illustrate student knowledge on a particular piece of technology, software program or a tool/machine used in the classroom/lab.
  5. Attendance – The attendance verification form can be located on the WVDE CTE website under the administrator tab or instructor tab. This form must be completed by the instructor, or administrator, or counselor. (This form is in Word format and can be printed or saved electronically)
  6. Student Awards, Projects, or Exemplars – This section is completely open ended. Students should use this section to illustrate any awards, projects, exemplars, service learning, or scholarships, they participated or earned during their high school years. They can show evidence through pictures, project documentation, news articles, program agendas, meeting minutes, videos, etc.




Portfolio Rubric

Portfolio Release Form


Google Drive

Google Docs

Scanner App


Google Sites

Career Transitions Portal
(account creation
password: skillsusa)

Career Transitions Portal
(login with existing account)

What is a Portfolio?

Create a Resume

Write a Letter of Introduction

Write a Letter of Reference

Create the Portfolio Structure

Add Content to Google Drive and Google Sites

1-Resume Worksheet
2-Peer Recomendation Worksheet

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