Before preparing your Career Portfolio, I want to give you my definition of an Employedpreneur: “It’s a person who is a career professional by day (employed) and is either launching or running a business (entrepreneur) evenings and weekends. I call this status: ‘Double E’.”
Now for the definition of a Career Portfolio: “It’s a visual representation of your abilities, skills, capabilities, knowledge and qualities… in other words; it represents your brand and potential”. It’s a collection of things, tangible materials that represent your work-related events.
Your Career Portfolio provides the ‘evidence’ of your potential by demonstrating what you have accomplished in the past. Be sure to include those skills that you developed that are not work-related (e.g.: playing team sports, pursuing hobbies, conducting volunteer activities, or simply pursuing your favorite interests).
If you are looking for your next opportunity, start by following these steps when preparing your Career Portfolio:
- Decide on the format.
- Determine the best binder for your portfolio (first impressions are everything).
- Decide how you will use it (during the interview process, sending the link with the resume or part of the job application).
- Customize the portfolio based on the positions you are seeking.
- Review your skills and determine the best way to capture your skills.
- View yourself the way prospective employers will and present your portfolio in that manner (pay attention to detail).
- Pick the best items that will showcase your skills.
- Chose examples that are relevant for the job you are seeking.
- Plan ahead so that you have enough time to prepare an awesome portfolio.
- Backup your portfolio digitally for future updating (try Espresso Work).
Remember a Career Portfolio will help you:
- Prepare for interviews.
- Prove that you are capable of doing what you say you can do.
- Communicate and navigate through the interview process.
- Demonstrate the results of your work (use screen shots and examples of your work.)
- Get in the habit of documenting your work – future job hunting, or seeking a higher position with your current employer, or even proving that you are a valuable member of a team.
- Create a personal database of information to facilitate the creation of your resume as well as your portfolio.
- Assess your own progress in your career development.
- Schools attended (including the addresses).
- Transcripts, diploma, certificates, CEUs, and licenses.
- Publications, reports and published articles.
- Course descriptions (if applicable).
- Workshops, seminars and conferences attended.
- Independent learning (things you have learned on your own or taught yourself).
- Special training and accomplishments.
- Military training.
- Leadership positions held.
- Hobbies or interests.
- Participation in service projects.
- Volunteer activities.
- Public speaking (if applicable).
- Performance reports, appraisals and assessments.
- Awards and honors.
- Positions/contracts held (title and descriptions of all duties).
- Job related accomplishments (use numbers, percentage, etc. (e.g.: increases in sales, decrease in customer complaints).
- Major projects completed/participated in.
Personal Qualities or Strengths:
Don’t forget the activities that you might be taking for granted:
- Strengths (personal qualities that will help you contribute to an employer).
- Teamwork and people skills, problem-solving attributes, budgeting, planning and organization skills, or time management attribute.
- Contributing to your family (teaching, caring for siblings, cooking – all require planning, responsibility, dependability).
- Helping your friends or working on extra-curricular projects (may require teamwork, problem-solving skills, and teaching skills or people skills).
- Raising a family and/or running a household (requires budgeting, organization, time management skills, or adaptability).
- Keeping fit and healthy; being a member of sports team (requires energy, discipline, motivation, persistence, or teamwork).
I hope that the information in this post has been helpful!© Copyright 2014 Laureen Wishom