As you continue to progress through the different levels and positions within an organization you may eventually be required to put together a career portfolio. It’s important that the career portfolio you will be using to display your skills is relevant to the job you apply for. It’s quite common for people to put everything under the sun and then some in their portfolio in the hopes that there is something in there that the person hiring might like.
Here are 5 tips that will help you put together an effective Career Portfolio to get that higher paying job or senior position within the organization:
- Know the position that you are applying for and what type of skills you will need for it. Depending on the position, you may need to put more information into your portfolio than others. As with everything you send off for a potential interview, make sure there is adequate leg work that demonstrates that you know about the company/organization for which you are applying. 5 minutes of research now, will make a big difference down the road.
- Career portfolios are typically kept in a three ringed binder. If you are keeping the original copies of your education within the binder it’s a good idea to get clear PVC sleeves for all your documents. This will keep things from ripping easily, especially if there are pages that will be turned more than a few times. It will also allow you to easily access your information should your employer ask to photocopy anything.
- Organize your information in easy to understand chunks. Keep your education and training in one section and keep your work samples in another. Separate them by dividers if you have more than one sample. This will let your potential supervisor process everything easily and if they are asking you to refer to something within your binder, you can find it easily as well.
- Ensure that your master portfolio is well organized. Everything should be in an easy to understand format to ensure efficiency during an interview. It is recommended that you constantly keep adding to your master portfolio, so when the time comes for you to pull information out for a specific interview, or salary raise, it will be extremely easy for you to do so.
- Online portfolios are becoming more and more widely accepted. If you are more of a tech person, or one that tends to misplace their papers and documents easily, this might be worthwhile for you to explore. Sites like LinkedIn really help an employer see all the different things that you have worked on. With other references being able to write recommendations for you and your various skills, it lends credibility to the items that you have already highlighted on your resume and cover letter. The key to this, as with all the previous points, is to make sure that this is kept regularly updated. Many employers can also have head hunters looking for people with an exact set of skills, so it’s wise to stay on top of this.
Putting together a career portfolio may not always be necessary for your job, but having something that you can continue to build upon may one day come in handy. It’s always a good idea to have one put together somewhere, ready to go and consistently updated.
As always, from one YoPro to another, I wish you luck!