I've been interviewing up a storm this summer, and my last post "Practically Interviewing: Pounding the Pavement, SLP-CF Style" had a lot of you emailing me with questions about my portfolio! I love hearing from you and I think that your questions and ideas are great! So, here is what goes into my portfolio and a little background about it!
Many of you may know that I attended Long Island University - Post Campus for graduate school. We have a great program, great professors, great supervisors, and great clinical and program directors -- and I swear they didn't pay me to say that! I really do appreciate and love them all! ANYWHO, our clinical director had us create these portfolios and then add to them every semester. I will admit that this was a headache and I definitely belly-ached about doing it. Meanwhile, I should not have been complaining, this portfolio has saved my CF-self many times in an interview! First of all, it looks fantastic to have catalogued everything you've done and accomplished. Secondly, you're cataloguing everything you do anyway, so why not present it? It's a great, professional way to showcase your stuff!
My portfolio is broken down into categories such as language, pragmatics, etc. Within these categories are papers I've written that correspond to each section, along with lesson plans, progress reports, evaluations, and activities for clients/students I had with these diagnoses/goals. I also provide a small blurb about myself and a professional photo. Since graduating, I've added copies of my degrees, my certifications, and my awards. Depending on the interview I'll add in letters of recommendation from my supervisors, however, I always have my letters that my clients and students wrote me in there!
I hope this helps, please feel free to email me if you have any more questions! :)