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Skills Portfolio

Why Start A Portfolio?

  • Increases your confidence and planning in Senior Year.
    Seniors have consistently reported being anxious and unsure about how to develop a focus for employment or graduate school planning.
  • Allows you to analyze your Dartmouth experiences so you can describe them.
    Seniors report wishing that they had identified earlier their accomplishments, skills acquisition and interests so they could be better prepared.
  • Facilitates your preparation of a Personal Statement for Graduate School.
    Juniors and Seniors report their uncertainty and frustration in writing about themselves.
  • Prepares you with the mindset and foundation for developing your Resume and Cover Letters.
    Seniors report that using the portfolio made it easier to identify relevant information for composing these two documents.
  • Enables you to articulate your experiences more explicitly in a Job Interview.
    Alumni interviewers have consistently reported that Dartmouth students need to be better prepared to describe their academic and non-academic experiences in relation to jobs. As the most effective interviewing technique, Behavioral Interviewing requires the candidate to provide 'evidence' of competencies by clearly describing experiences which demonstrate each one.
  • Prepares you for a 'Competency-Based World of Work'
    Employers report a need for applicants and employees to have an increased awareness of the competencies that they bring and the competencies that they wish to gain in return.


A list of professional competencies in Getting Started provides a template against which you can measure your college experiences.  Create a personal record of situations you have faced, how you dealt with those situations, and how you rate yourself at the particular competencies used. This way, you can keep track of the experience which describes your present best example for each competency.

Your initial best example per competency will serve as a 'benchmark'. Keep updating your competency descriptions as you proceed through your years at Dartmouth.

Last Updated: 5/13/16