Portfolio questions (was Resumes and Cre

Subject: Portfolio questions (was Resumes and Cre
From: "Gaignard, Karen" <keg0 -at- ATSOAA1 -dot- EM -dot- CDC -dot- GOV>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 1995 14:07:00 EST

Although I am not planning on looking for a new job at the moment I too would
like to know the answers to these questions. I would also like to know how
does a contractor approach assembling a portfolio when dealing only with
client information that is not for general release. Everything I deal with
is FOIAble, but I (and everyone else) have been reminded more than once that
this information is not to be released without their express consent. The
one time I did ask to make some documents available outside the Agency I was
flatly refused. So what does one do?

keg0 -at- atsoaa1 -dot- em -dot- cdc -dot- gov
And now I'm going to shift to a related topic. When I last wrote to the
list for advice, several people told me to put together a portfolio of
samples of my writing. What kinds of things are appropriate? Obviously, the
employee handbooks and training manuals I've written should be included. How
about a form for meeting minutes I designed? Too trivial? How about tables
showing results of data analyses for the grant I'm working on? How about
forms I've designed for tracking data through our system? These last three
things are not exactly writing samples, but it strikes me that they might be
relevant. However, some of them need some explanation for people who know
little or nothing about this research. Do I attach an explanation?

The next question concerns quantity. Is there a point at which the
portfolio becomes too huge and overwhelming for prospective employers to
look at? The handbooks and manuals are between 12 and 40 pages long.
How much is reasonable to include. Do I take single copies to show at
the interview, or do I make extra copies to hand out?

Mary Howe

Child Language Program Phone (913) 864-4789
University of Kansas email howe -at- kuhub -dot- cc -dot- ukans -dot- edu
1082 Dole Center
Lawrence, KS 66045

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