Are hardcopies passe

In many industries, such as communications, journalism and graphic design, it is helpful to bring a portfolio of work samples with you to job interviews. Potential employers can review your portfolio to gain an understanding of your skills, experience and talents.

If you have a portfolio, is yours still in hardcopy format, such as in a book or binder? Or, have you created an electronic version of your portfolio? Learn more about digital and hardcopy versions of portfolios here.

Bringing “leave-behind” is a way to provide your top, most relevant work samples to a potential employer so that they can review the samples in more detail after the meeting. Preparing a leave-behind in advance and having it ready to share can also demonstrate how on-the-ball you are.

Leave-behinds are traditionally hardcopies. But if you have a digital portfolio, you might want to consider using a digital version of the leave-behind too. An example is using an inexpensive USB stick to house PDFs of your best, most-relevant work samples. Have it ready to hand over at the meeting. Label it with your name, but don’t expect to get the USB stick back! Or, you can compile the PDFs using a free online file-sharing service like Dropbox, and then email the link to the potential employer promptly after the meeting.

Would you create a digital leave-behind of your work samples? Share in the comments.

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