Your Career Portfolio Holds the Keys for Staying Always Employable

Artists and creatives are often expected to have a professional well-organized portfolio. Yet many employees, job seekers, and entrepreneurs have never considered taking the time to bring their accomplishments and work history together into an attractive portfolio format. As time seems to speed up and transitions are the norm, an organized portfolio prepares you for fluctuations in the economy and new opportunities. 

Change Brings New Opportunities

As consumer demands change, companies adjust to stay afloat, and occupations adapt or disappear. New opportunities arise for those who are prepared to transition into new roles with an updated career portfolio including a master resume and career documents.

You can stay always employable with a strong portfolio of accomplishments at your fingertips. Use your portfolio to check the relevance of your skills, update your master resume, include focused resumes and collect other supporting documents. With a dynamic portfolio, it will be easy to determine what you need to do to grow your skills and gain more experience to do the work you love. 

Portfolio Organization

Arrange your portfolio sections based on where you are in your career. For example, if you are a job search veteran with an immediate need for work, you will move your Job Search Tools section to the front of your portfolio. If you are learning your strengths, transitioning, or preparing for the future, you will want to begin with the About Me section at the front of your portfolio.

The purpose of your portfolio is to gather personal and career information, job search tools, plans, and goals in one place. You can use a binder, ePortfolio, or other organizational tool. if you need a portfolio to take to an employer, you will want to choose the most relevant information from your portfolio to put in a separate professional presentation, binder, or folder. Use the method most appropriate for your field of interest. Grow your portfolio and adapt it to your career transformations. Be creative, make your portfolio yours, and use the section titles that work best for you. Here are some examples:

ABOUT ME

Strengths/Values/Interests Assessments

Motivational Quotes/Poems

Vision Statement

Purpose for Working

Preferred Working Environments

Examples of Accomplishments

CAREER MANAGEMENT

Flexible Goals

Action Plan

List of Supportive Connections

JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES

Job Search Assessment

Occupation/Company Research

Job Descriptions

Exit Strategy

Challenges

JOB SEARCH TOOLS

Skills You Want to Use Inventory

Master Resume

Thank You and Cover Letter Draft

References

Degrees/Licenses

Training/Certifications

Recommendations

Awards/Presentations

Projects you successfully completed

Art/Writing/Creative Work

COMMUNITY/CULTURE

Travel

Volunteer

Leadership

Memberships

Languages

For information and support for creating a Career Portfolio, supportive worksheets, and Career/Life Coaching, contact Nancy J. Miller.

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