The portfolio introduction serves to provide information to the reader about the background of the author and to briefly explain the things that are conveyed in the portfolio. If you are writing a portfolio to apply for a job, including professional accomplishments that you have achieved and some personal information to make the portfolio more qualified. If you are writing a portfolio to do your schoolwork or continue your education, briefly share important information and the study achievements that made you stand out the most among other students. Before submitting, take the time to review and edit your introduction to give your portfolio a professional look!
For School Tasks or Continuing Education
1.Start writing your foreword by providing some information about yourself. Include the full name, the purpose of writing the portfolio, and other required information. The information that needs to be conveyed depends on the purpose of writing the portfolio, but usually, the introduction begins with writing your full name and educational background.
- For example: “My name is Steve Johnson. This portfolio describes the knowledge I learned and my accomplishments while studying as a civil engineering student.”
- The first part of the introduction contains a maximum of 3 sentences. Use the first person pronoun as the subject of the sentence so that it catches the reader’s attention more.
2. Deliver portfolio content. Include the main purpose of writing a portfolio briefly in a few sentences. This section is almost the same as a book summary that is usually read before buying a book. Apart from providing important information, convey the portfolio content concisely and clearly.
- Don’t write down everything that is described in the portfolio. You may use the table of contents to convey portfolio content.
- Include the main idea that you want to discuss or important information that you want to convey through the portfolio.
3. Explain why your portfolio is unique and special. Tell your readers why your thoughts or experiences are better than those of others. This way, your portfolio can be a means of expressing yourself that makes you look special to your readers.
- For example, tell your reader about a unique experience from college when you worked in a cancer research laboratory for 3 years or your poetry was published in several different magazines across Indonesia.
- Convey the information near the end of the foreword so that the reader will remember it.
4. Write a brief and straightforward introduction. Portfolio recipients will get bored and stop reading if the introduction is too long. Try to keep each sentence clear and useful. Don’t beat around the bush.
- Ideally, your introduction should be 2-3 paragraphs long.
5. Follow the guidelines for writing a portfolio that has been determined. If you are writing a portfolio for a school assignment, the teacher or lecturer will usually ask you to convey certain information in the introduction. Follow these guidelines and don’t forget to check your portfolio to make sure your writing meets the requirements.
- If the teacher does not provide guidance, ask what needs to be included in the introduction.
- Take the time to review and edit the preface before sending it. Correct any wrong letters, words, or grammar so that readers receive a good, professional portfolio. You can ask other people to read your portfolio to make sure your writing is free of typos.
- Another way to spot errors that may not be visible is to read the text aloud.
To Apply For Jobs
1.Give readers information about yourself and your activities. This information must be included in the first line of the introduction. In addition to your name and occupation, provide other important information about yourself, such as your home address.
- Write a portfolio introduction describing your skills, such as teaching, writing articles, or designing buildings.
- For example: “My name is Kelly Smith. I design a website for a small company. I live in Bogor, but I am ready to create a website for users around the world.”
2. Decide what professional experience you want to include. You don’t need to list all of your work in detail in your foreword. Instead, provide brief, straightforward information about your profession. Choose 1 or 2 jobs you’ve handled, then give a brief description. Also, include some of the assignments you have worked on to give the reader an idea of your competence.
- For example: “In my 5 years as a photographer, I have been photographing graduation ceremonies, weddings, and birthday parties.”
- Include work experiences that have shown your best performance, for example when you were the team leader for a factory expansion project or another assignment that had a positive impact on you and your company.
3. Provide personal information so you can sound outgoing. If you post your portfolio online and expect a positive response, share things that make your readers want to hire you. For example, tell me that you have a cat, have a hobby of hiking, or want to travel around the world.
- Provide brief, straightforward information as this step aims to make the introduction more interesting.
- Another example, tell us that you have 3 children, have a hobby of cooking, or started learning how to program when you were 7 years old.
4. Use a professional, but friendly, style. The introduction should be structured using polite and professional sentences, but it doesn’t need to be too stiff and formal. So, write your introduction in a friendly, informal style like communicating with someone while explaining your profession.
- Avoid words that are not standard in the introduction so that the portfolio is of higher quality.
- Use first-person pronouns to make your writing feel more personal.
- A communicative introduction makes you more likely to be contacted by readers.
5. Upload a photo so readers can see your face. This step is more effective if you use a website so that readers can get to know you through your portfolio. Choose photos that look professional and make sure that you are not with other people when taking them. Crop the photo if needed.
- Wear formal clothes according to your profession. Smile when you take your photo to make you appear friendly and outgoing.
- Make sure the photos are not blurry or too dark.
6. Reread the introduction after review. After you finish writing your introduction, take the time to check and edit so that your writing looks professional. Correct incorrect letters or grammar. If needed, have a friend read and check your writing.
- When re-reading, make sure the writing is not too long because the introduction contains only 2-3 paragraphs.
- Check the preface if you want to send it via the internet. Make sure all words and pictures are clear and intact.