/ Asked by Melanie
What goes in a portfolio? Should it be all of my work for real clients, or only a limited amount? And is it acceptable to have projects from school in there as well? Is there a maximum amount of items that should be placed in a portfolio?
Answered by Phil, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Thursday, September 20, 2018
That's a great question. I wouldn't fill it up with ALL of your work - i would choose maybe 5-8 pieces of work that you feel best exemplifies your skills and different types of work and focus on those. As a recruiter, I'd be more inclined to see a smaller volume of portfolio items that speak strongly to your abilities rather than a large number of pieces that may not be as strong. It's all about careful editing. Good luck! -Phil
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Friday, September 21, 2018
Hi there!  I cannot put enough emphasis on what I am about to say...You have got to be the champion of your own experience, and you must curate the narrative when demonstrating your qualifications for a job. 
Does that mean including everything you've ever done?  Probably not.  Your portfolio should be the product of your research on what is being asked for in the Job Description, the results of discussion with people in your industry who you have networked with, and careful selection of work that best represents you. 
School projects are relevant if you are new to the workforce and those pieces demonstrate the desired skill set of the employer.  If you have been out of school for a significant period of time and that work is no longer relevant, don't include it, it is distracting from your more current work.  If you are newly out of school and those projects bolster the demonstration of your skills, that is an important part of your portfolio.
I would like to see two examples of each of the experience pillars I am looking for based on the job description.  If that is not information you can get down to based on the description, have a look at other people on LinkedIn or another professional networking site who are in the role you want and see what their experience dictates. 
Be armed with knowledge, it won't fail you!  Best of luck!
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