Frequently Asked Questions
"...portfolios are not just for designers and models..."
Q. What is the Job Portfolios website primarily about?
A. Primarily, the Job Portfolios platform offers a unique job or college interview support programme. The way it provides this is through its remote work experience placements, which enables all participants to produce completed work projects and not just simply have some general exposure to the work. Then, on finishing their placement, the companies in our network allow the participants to keep copies of their completed work assignments to take to job interviews - whether virtual or face to face. - to showcase their work as designers and those in the creative industries already do.
Q. Is membership of your job portfolio service free?
A. There are some free memberships available. However, free memberships are only provided by certain outlets ranging from some Job Centres to private companies and organizations such as colleges and universities who may offer free memberships as part of their marketing and customer support programmes. We are not able to provide a list of free membership providers. .
Q: How many hours or days must I do per week?
A: 1 hour, 1 day, - you choose. There are no minimums or maximums required by our network of companies offering work experience placements.
Q. Will the companies I do work experience with be local to where I live?
A. You will be working off-site/remotely from within your own locality; therefore, even if the company is located far away or in another country you will still be able to work for them.
Q. Will I be paid?
A. It depends. Participants of this work experience programme are not normally paid anything due to it being a non-binding work programme. For example, there are no minimum or maximum hour requirements and participants are not monitored. therefore, there is no basis for calculating any kind of payment structure. However, currently under the Marketing, Media and Music, work experience placements, if any of the work assignments uploaded are sold or licensed to a third party, the work experience placement will be eligible to receive a payment subject to the placement having uploaded their work assignment in accordance with our terms and conditions - for example, they own the copyright. Depending on whether the work sold is a one-off or a re-occurring sale e.g. royalties, the work experience placement may receive anywhere between 5%-20% of the sale price.
Q. Does your remote work experience programme offer entirely home based work opportunities as I am disabled and unable to leave my house?
A. Yes. Each work area allows you to choose a 100% home-based work experience programme option. Except for Bookkeeping and IT, the remaining work placement areas also offer the option of combining home-based work with work carried out in your local community.
Q. Do I have to be of a certain age before I can become a member of Job Portfolios?
A. No. But if you are under 18 you will need parental consent before you can join..
Q: What would you say are the overall goals of the Job Portfolios platform?
A: To provide a global employment support platform that can 1/ help those seeking employment gain a competitive edge at the interview level: 2/ help those seeking a promotion within their current job placement; 3/ help those who find themselves unemployed regain employment as quickly as possible because every week out of a job is income lost forever.
Q: If I only want a 1-week job portfolio membership what do I need to do?
A. Just sign-up for the 7-day membership option.
Q: How can work experience/work placement with you help me get a paying job?
A: When applying for a job first impressions do count. Our work experience programme allows you to take samples of your own work to build a Job Portfolio. Job Portfolios are what designers and those in the creative industries always take to interviews to showcase their skills because seeing is believing. Very few employers will dismiss a relevant CV that also states that a Job Portfolio will be taken to the interview for the employer to see.
Q. I have been given a free 1-month work placement membership. Suppose I want to do more than 1 month but cannot afford the renewal fee?
A. In that 1 month you can produce 1 or more job portfolios containing samples of your work and evidence of your potential. You can then show these to a charity in your country and ask them to sponsor you. As our membership fees are very low you should be able to find a sponsor
Q: Do I have to find the companies that will offer me work experience?
A: No. We provide you with companies who will allow you to keep samples of the work you do for them to include in your job portfolio.
Q: Do I need any special qualifications or previous knowledge to be accepted onto your work programme?
A: As long as you can read and understand what is required of you no previous knowledge of any kind is needed to register onto our programme. Getting started is simple if you follow the link How It Works.
Q: Currently you offer work experience in Administration, Bookkeeping/Accounts, Business, IT, Marketing, Music Industry, Law, Media and Translation,, can I do all of them or must I choose just one?
A: On all paid membership levels you can do one or all of them at the same time. On free memberships, you can only select one for the duration of your free membership.
Q: Will you be offering work experience placements in other areas other than those you currently offer?
A: Yes. We are looking at other areas. However, with imagination, our current programme can be adapted to help people gain employment in other areas such as Retail. To get an idea of how you could adapt our current programme to help you get into Retail Click Here.
Q: Do I need to report in, log in or inform anybody when I want to do some work?
A: No, There is absolutely no requirement to first notify us in any way when you want to work. Just start and stop working as and when you want to.
Q: Will I need to travel far to complete my work experience assignments?
A: No, You can choose to do your work experience assignments in the nearest major town or city to where you live or, if preferred, you can choose a 100% home-based work experience option..
Q: Can I dress in jeans and trainers?
A: Yes you can but we recommend that, at the very least, you dress smart casual for your own self-confidence and self-respect.
Q: Can I change to another work experience area e.g. admin to media, if I feel that I have had enough of the area I am in?
A: Yes. As long as you are registered onto one of our paid Membership Levels you can swap, or do both at the same time during your membership period.
Q: Do I need to wait until I get a job offer before I can request a job reference?
A: No. As long as you have uploaded a work assignment you can request a job reference at any time. Tip: As a way to get a head start on the competition you can download a job reference and send it off with your job application form or CV/Resume. And if for some reason you can't attach it then on your CV/Resume instead of saying 'References available on request' which everyone else says, write 'I will bring job references with me if you invite me for an interview.'
Q: Can I obtain more than one job reference?
A: Yes. During your work experience you can request more than one job reference.
Q: Can I obtain a job reference after my membership has ended?
A: Yes. However, you will first need to renew your paid membership as a monthly, annual or lifetime member.
Q: Can I show a prospective employer some of the work assignments I have completed while I am still doing work experience with you?
A: Yes - we call it showing a Job Portfolio. As long as your membership has not expired you can download some or all of your uploaded work experience assignments and show them to a prospective employer. Tip: If your membership is about to expire you may want to download your work experience assignments for future use as a Job Portfolio.
Q: Where do I go to download copies of my own work experience assignments?
A: Log in then click on 'Job Portfolios' located in the menu; click on the blue download button. Inside that part of your account you will see all the files you have uploaded. Click on any of the file names to download it.
Q: When I upload assignments/reports I notice that there is an invitation to download 'Upload Replacement Templates'. Why do I need replacement templates?
A: Whenever you upload some work you must use the correct upload folder as directed in your work instructions - see front page of any Upload Folder. If you have already uploaded a folder you may need a new blank template folder to fill in if you did not make a blank copy of your uploaded folder before filling it in.
Q: Can I gain additional training during my work experience?
A: Yes. A few of our work programmes offer further training
Q: Can I change from working on my own to working in a group?
A: Yes. On our work programme you can work with a friend/buddy or as a small group. If you are registered at a Jobcentre or if you are a student speak to an advisor/work coach for possible suggestions on who you can team up with.
Q: If I work with a buddy can we upload the same work assignment?
A: As long as your buddy writes up and uploads their own report there is no problem in working on the same work assignment e.g. attending the same court case/trial.
Q: If I work as part of a group do I need to sign some special group agreement?
A: No. Simply make an informal agreement between yourselves to work together.
Q: Will you cover my traveling costs?
A: No. We do not cover your travel costs. We believe that 'Work Experience' should be looked at as an investment in yourself - we hope you agree. However, if travel costs are an issue we suggest you do one or both of the following a/ go to a location nearest to you, b/ do it on a day that you would be traveling out and about anyway, in that way it will not be an extra cost.
Q: Will it be possible to get employed work with the companies I do work experience/work placement with under this programme?
A: The short answer is that it is unlikely, though not impossible. The programme was primarily set up to provide help to the millions of job seekers and those seeking to improve their employment situations globally. The companies working with us joined the programme for this specific reason, not as a way to provide permanent employment for the millions of job seekers that exist globally. Consequently, those on our work experience programme should not seek to contact any of the companies they are placed with. Any questions should be directed to us through our contact page if not covered by our FAQ.
Q: Is Employment Gap Protection an insurance policy?
A: No it is not an insurance policy or product. All our members automatically have the right to utilize our global work programme to prevent a gap growing in their CV/Résumé. Through our network of businesses, an active member who loses their job can start an unpaid but guaranteed job the next day.
Q: What is the difference between The SAS Law School and JobPortfolios?
A: The SAS Law School which started over 27 years ago created JobPortfolios.com to develop and promote the use of its job portfolio creation programme globally.
Q: If I need to contact someone in The SAS Law School or JobPortfolios how do I do so?
A: Simply click on Contact us located in the Menu.