Re: Portfolios

Subject: Re: Portfolios
From: David Demyan <dbdemyan -at- WORLDNET -dot- ATT -dot- NET>
Date: Thu, 22 Aug 1996 15:51:32 +0000

At 01:35 PM 8/22/96 +0000, you wrote:
>On 22 Aug 1996, Anushree Tewari <anushree -at- RIVERRUN -dot- ERNET -dot- IN> wrote:

>> The thread on 'portfolios' caught my attention and I would like to know how
>> one compiles a portfolio and what should be its contents?

><snip>
>>Please answer me directly as I do not know whether this will interest others.

>It interests me and I bet it interests others, also. Those of you who respond
>to Anushree, please post to the list. Thanks!

Group:

Perhaps I am not typical, but I do have a strong back. I take along
completed projects, binders, diskettes, laptop, whatever to interviews
or client proposal meetings. I have a nice-looking case to keep them
in and, when the interviewer asks a question that is answered by some
arrow in my quiver, I pull out the sample and basically say: "Been there;
done that." I find employers very impressed and confidence-inspired by
this approach and it often helps me get the assignment.

BTW, I don't think it is wise to show some something without the permission
of the previous client/employers for whom it was completed. I also rely
on these people for recommendations, so it is best to lay out all the
cards for a prospective client/employer because he/she may just call
your reference and say something like: "I saw the work Dave did for
you and I have some specifc questions about that project." If you have
given away any of the previous client/employer's secrets, you'll be in
deep doo-doo and may get a bad rap.

Best wishes,
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