Re: Portfolio Packaging

Subject: Re: Portfolio Packaging
From: "Julia Countryman" <julia -dot- countryman -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "John Posada" <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2006 10:43:42 -0800

Thank you John, these are the kinds of answers that I was looking for. One
item in my portfolio is an excerpt from a 700 page book. I don't have the
original, nor would I want to lug it along to an interview, but it's an
important part of my portfolio. It's not bound by an NDA, since it was
written for consumers. Additionally, a lot of my writing has been published
online and a lot of what I've done are confidential documents that are bound
by NDAs--that was discussed in the earlier thread.

I think the shiny brochure paper concept is a bit overkill too, and there
are several items (both technical and marketing) that I don't have in the
published format, such as marketing collateral on letterhead, etc. but I do
have the original copy. What I'm wrestling with is how to tie the 700 page
book excerpt, web published documents, PDFs and marketing collateral all
into one, attractive, professional set of documents.


----- Original Message -----
From: "John Posada" <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "Julia Countryman" <julia -dot- countryman -at- gmail -dot- com>; "TECHWR-L"
<techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 10:22 AM
Subject: Re: Portfolio Packaging

> > I'm curious how you all package your portfolios, both online and
> > print. I'm redoing mine and am not sure how far to go to make it
> > look better marketing-wise. I've seen portfolios that ranged from
> > a manila folder all the way up to having them printed on brochure
> > paper. How do recruiters and HR folks prefer to see these? I
> > think the brochure idea can at times take it a little too far.
> My belief is that you should make the packaging as impressive as
> possible. This stuff represents your best work and you are proud of
> it or you wouldn't be showing it. How you package it reflects that.
> I don't agree with brochure paper, whatever you mean by that. The
> paper should be the paper that was used by the real'e
> showing real things, right?
> My portfolio is a leather binder with zipper and the contents are in
> plastic sleeves or pockets divided by tabs for general categories of
> material. Electronic deliverables are on labeled CDs, each in their
> own pocket holder.
> John Posada
> Senior Technical Writer
> "I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you've never
actually known what the question is."


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