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Volunteering! - Your services are in demand at local non-profit organizations. This is a terrific way to pad your portfolio. It's also a great way to get paying jobs too! Most of the individuals who volunteer their time at local charities are business owners and prominent people. They love hiring people who are like-minded, so make sure you get out there and show your charitable side. Let the charity know that the work you do for them for free will be featured in your portfolio, and that you would like to provide their name as a reference. Non-profit organizations are happy to comply with this request, and they are often your biggest fans.