While the goal of your well-tailored resume is to get you an interview, you may find yourself limited in what you can describe there.
One way to offer an employer a better picture of your skills and experiences is to present a portfolio during your interview.
A portfolio is a professional scrapbook of sorts where you can neatly store any and all artifacts of your past work and volunteer experience. Traditionally, people use nice-looking (cloth or faux-leather) binders, sometimes that zip.
You could also create an online portfolio with documents to download, or links to work you've done online. Choose (or build) a web platform that allows you to password protect sensitive information — or the entire site, if your work is proprietary.
Your full portfolio could include artifacts you've saved, like copies of work and writing samples, thank-you notes that speak to your impact, survey results, white papers you've written, meeting agendas and training outlines you've created, action plans you've implemented, photos and screenshots of your work in action, volunteer position descriptions you've drafted, policies you've written and more.
Keep in mind that your portfolio should include artifacts from your professional and volunteer experiences.
You can divide your portfolio into sections that work for you, for example:
To a job interview, bring a mini-portfolio with items only relevant to the position. You can use a small presentation folder — sliding your work samples into plastic sleeves. Or you can use a file folder.
Referring to your portfolio contents can be challenging during an interview. If you can, practice ahead of time — but otherwise focus on the conversation more than your portfolio.
At the end of the interview, you should plan to leave behind copies of your most relevant work samples. For example if you apply for a fund development position, you may leave behind a narrative you wrote for a grant proposal (with any proprietary information blacked out). For a communications position you could leave behind screenshots of a professional blog you edit, a postcard you designed, and an example of an e-newsletter you created.