When applying for an editorial position, applicants are always advised to have a strong portfolio of work to demonstrate their way with words.

But while it can be tempting to throw every last nib into the application, spare a thought for the person on the other side of the desk, says Journo Resources editor Jem Collins.

She says that you should keep your portfolio to a select, carefully-considered bunch — and here are four reasons why.

“Having been the person to shift through 100 CVs, I simply don’t have time to look to look at 57 clippings per person. I need to see your best ones, and I need to see them straight away,” she writes.

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