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.
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:
Purpose for Working
Preferred Working Environments
Examples of Accomplishments
List of Supportive Connections
JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES
Job Search Assessment
JOB SEARCH TOOLS
Skills You Want to Use Inventory
Thank You and Cover Letter Draft
Projects you successfully completed
For information and support for creating a Career Portfolio, supportive worksheets, and Career/Life Coaching, contact Nancy J. Miller.